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Casablanca (26-Nov-1942)

Director: Michael Curtiz

Writers: Julius J. Epstein; Philip G. Epstein; Howard Koch

From a play: Everybody Comes to Rick's by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison

Music by: Max Steiner

Producer: Hal B. Wallis

Keywords: Drama, WWII, Morocco, French Resistance, Espionage, Nazis

American expatriate Rick Blaine operates "Rick's Cafe Americaine" in Vichy Morocco, frequented by a motley assortment including spies, Nazis, partisans and other undesirables. His former lover Ilsa, played by Ingrid Bergman, asks his assistance to allow her and her wanted husband to escape to Lisbon. Won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay; nominated for 5 others.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Ingrid Bergman
29-Aug-1915 29-Aug-1982 Murder on the Orient Express
Humphrey Bogart
25-Dec-1899 14-Jan-1957 Casablanca
Curt Bois
5-Apr-1901 25-Dec-1991 Pickpocket in Casablanca
Sydney Greenstreet
27-Dec-1879 18-Jan-1954 Kaspar Gutman in The Maltese Falcon
Paul Henreid
10-Jan-1908 29-Mar-1992 Casablanca
Peter Lorre
26-Jun-1904 23-Mar-1964 The Maltese Falcon
John Qualen
8-Dec-1899 12-Sep-1987 The Grapes of Wrath
Claude Rains
10-Nov-1889 30-May-1967 The Invisible Man
S. Z. Sakall
2-Feb-1884 12-Feb-1955 Casablanca
Conrad Veidt
22-Jan-1893 3-Apr-1943 Maj. Strasser in Casablanca
Dooley Wilson
3-Apr-1886 30-May-1953 Sam in Casablanca


Humphrey Bogart   ...   Rick Blaine
Ingrid Bergman   ...   Ilsa Lund
Paul Henreid   ...   Victor Laszlo
Claude Rains   ...   Louis Renault
Conrad Veidt   ...   Maj. Strasser
Sydney Greenstreet   ...   Ferrari
Peter Lorre   ...   Ugarte
S. Z. Sakall   ...   Carl (headwaiter)
Madeleine LeBeau   ...   Yvonne
Dooley Wilson   ...   Sam (piano player)
Joy Page   ...   Annina Brandel
John Qualen   ...   Berger
Leonid Kinskey   ...   Sascha
Curt Bois   ...   Dark European


Review by anonymous (posted on 17-Mar-2006)

This film is known throughout the world as one of the greatest ever made. The American Film Institute named it the second greatest film of all time (surpassed only by Citizen Kane). It has been honored by the AFI eleven times in five different lists. It was also one of the first films put into the National Film Registry. It won three Oscars in 1943 for Best Director (Michael Curtiz), Best Screenplay, and Best Picture of the year. Humphrey Bogart gives one of his best performances as exiled American Rick Blaine. Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Dooley Wilson, and Peter Lorre complete one of Hollywoodâs greatest supporting casts of all time. As the years pass, Casablanca becomes more and more popular. Hopefully, in 100 years we can still hear Sam playing As Time Goes By in the late night hours of Casablanca.

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