Casablanca  (1942)

IMDB Rating 8.6/10  102 min - Rated U Romance | Drama

Stars:            Humphrey Bogart,  Ingrid Bergman,          Director:      Michael Curtiz

Casablanca, December 1941. Wartime refugees heading for freedom come to Casablanca, desperately seeking the necessary documents. Most of them find their way to Rick's Café Americain, run by Richard 'Rick' Blaine, a cynical expatriate and former soldier of fortune. Rick deals in such papers. He acquires two invaluable letters just before underground leader Victor Laszlo (Henreid) and his wife Ilsa (Bergman) arrive. Rick and Ilsa had been lovers, and he still bears the scars of her leaving. Now, he has the chance to turn Victor over to the SS and flee Casablanca with Ilsa. What will Mr. 'I don't stick my neck out for anyone' choose to do?  Surely the best loved of all the Hollywood classics and certainly one of the favourites of all time, Casablanca had everything going for it. Bogart is at his enigmatic best playing the anti-hero for all he's worth, Bergman is beautiful and there are some great performances from the likes of Claude Rains and Sydney Greenstreet in the supporting cast. Even now, you only have to hear the opening bars of 'As Time Goes By' by Herme Hupfeld and you are immediately transported to exotic Casablanca — which was in fact the back lot of the Warner Brothers studio.  As to Casablanca's famous lines, a sure sign of a picture's cult status, the usually misquoted closing line is 'Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship' (a last-minute dub-in), while 'Play it again, Sam' comes from the Marx Brothers' A Night in Casablanca (1946).