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Best movie ever made
- Patrick C.
This movie is simply nothing short of perfection... If anyone thinks otherwise,,, well,, they are stupid...
- Dashiell B.
Everything that was good about the studio system was put into this legendary film. A cynical bar owner, trying to stay neutral to the war around him, meets a former lover married to another man. Bogart deserved to win Best Actor Oscar, as did Rains in his supporting performance; although not nominated, Bergman & Henreid are great as a freedom-fighting couple. Despite it's magnificent status, the film only won three Academy Awards; Best Picture, Best Director for Curtiz & Best Adapted screenplay, for the first time shared by brothers. As part of our popular culture, it's now almost impossible not to see or hear references to this outstanding film. I give it a 5/5.
I too have seen this film so many times I lost count long ago and, for the life of me, I cannot figure out why anyone would dislike it. There are historical miscues, the most important of which is the fact that not one German soldier ever set foot in Casablanca during WWII but, after all, this is a fictional story, not fact, and one can take a lot of license when writing fiction. Nobody remotely connected with this film ever believed it was anything but average and they had no idea it would become one of the most loved films of all time. It has it all - the good guys, the bad guys, the eternal triangle, friendship, patriotism, murder, intrigue - so what's there not to like! It also has some of the greatest Hollywood actors of all time, along with an incredible supporting cast, many of whom were actual refuges from the war in Europe. The film is heightened by the use of black & white film, much like the film noir genre. The use of shadows and light is especially well-placed and should be thoroughly enjoyed and noticed. For Bogie's first romantic leading role, he knocked this one out of the park and still maintained the toughness he was known for. Bergman is at her most beautiful and her face lights up each scene she is in. Both of them are gone from us now but we will always have them together in this great film!
Gets better and better every viewing
Outstanding acting and wonderful script. Everytime I watch this movie I find something I previouosly missed. Extraordinary in every regard. The film is not to missed.
Who elso could walk into Rick's...
- Steve S.
and break Bogie's heart but Ingrid Bergman... Like "Gone With The Wind" all the stars (pun intended) are aligned and cinematic magic is forever captured for many future generations to revel over "as time goes by"! Yes, only Bergman coudl bring Bogie "back to the fight" - the good fight! 5 genuine stars for cast and crew!
The Best Ever
- Joe Bearfan
I first saw Casablanca in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the early '60s. I probably have seen it over 100 times and each time I catch a little more of what went into this great film. I hope to watch it 100 more times. One of the best ever...the start of 'a beautiful relationship'!
- Graham Thomas
I came to this film late in my film watching career, and it was burdened by previous opinions. Being cynical, I resisted, but over the years and many viewings I've come to agree with the feeling this is near or at the top of what Hollywood can do. First, the script is great. Well constructed, and zingers very other sentence. All the loose ends wrapped up. Bogey at his peak, his appeal still mysterious and compelling. Arguably Ingrid's best role, never lovelier. Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, everyone in the cast is superb. But have you noticed Sam appears to be faking his piano playing? For you youngsters, grab this one. BTW my wedding song is "As Time Goes By". She wore blue, the Germans wore gray. Here's looking at you, kid.
All-Time Favorite As Time Goes
Was there ever such a true portrait of WWII and what was happening around the globe?Again,many fought,died,were hopelessly changed for the worst.A story for all time,which I love more every time it's on TCM.
As Time Goes By - The Best Film Ever Made
Maybe, because, this is my Dad's favorite film and the first one I remember watching with him - it has become hands down my all time favorite film as well. It has stood the test of time; and like a fine wine, it just gets better and better 'as time goes by'. Truly aborbing -- with great intrigue, action, and romance -- and no matter how many times it is shown, I look forward to seeing it again and again on TCM. Here's looking at you TCM -- Thanks.
#1 Movie of All Time
Round up the usual greatest movie suspects and Casablanca wins. Also a great black comedy. Depth of supporting characters unmatched. Thanks to Casablanca we'll always have Paris and all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, although the problems of 3 little people don't add up to hill of beans in this crazy world. Here's looking at you kid!
No Greater Love
- Freedom Fighter
Have come to consider this movie as the greatest of all time.Thanks TCM for including highlights of 2012 Film Festival,esp today featuring cast,stars of Cabaret.Love to Mr Grey,Ms Minelli and esp Sir Michael York!Such wonderful actors who deserve special salute during Casablanca time period 4/13/2012.Hope Sir Michael realizes we love him and hope his health improves.Ms Liza and Mr Joel were delightful,too!Thanks TCM!
The Ultimate Sacrifice For Freedom is Love
A classic of love and loss and sacrifice for redemption and fighting for freedom
Loved by many
To me and so many other fans, Casablanca is a cherished treasure. A few reviewers seem to be hung up on Rick Blaine's political beliefs, but for some reason I never felt that mattered much to the story. I suspect that underneath my cynical shell I am "at heart a sentimentalist".
- Linda Nitzschke
"Play it again, TCM!"
5 Stars. 10/10 on IMDB. 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. My favorite movie of all time. Whatever the ranking scale for me, this one is tops. Didn't see it for the first time until October 2002 at the age of 32. Exactly one week after watching arguably the greatest Film Noir ever for the first time, Double Indemnity. Good month. Back to Casablanca. Directed by Michael Curtiz. A great director. This a film that in my estimation transcends all movies. The acting is just, great. Bogart, Bergamn, Henreid, Greenstreet, Lorre are all at their best here. But you know who tops them all? Claude Rains, as Captain Renault. The ultimate "whichever side will win, that is the side i'm on" character. Casablanca is movie I can watch over and over again and again. It's not about the sets, there was no location shooting. It's your basic golden era studio film in that regard. Driven by the actors. Making it in my mind, the greatest film ever.
5 out of 5
Much more than the sum of its parts. How anyone could rate this movies less than a 5, I do not know. Arguably the greatest hollywood movie ever made.
I watch this movie at least once a month. Humphrey Bogart deserved the oscar for this movie. Claude Raines was wonderful and Ingrid Bergman was superb. The acting is excellent and you can feel Ilsa's angst in loving Rick but not wanting to hurt Victor Lazlo. Love this movie.
One Of The Greatest Film Experiences
- Peter Wilson
A Film I Can Watch Over And Over Again.
Bogart is so cool and Reigns is great... One of the best films ever.
It is amazing how one word can change the meaning into something new. Imagine if you will, that Captin Renault says the following to Rick (bogart) Renault:----in 1936 you fought on the LOYALIST side. Rick (Bogart) answers: Got well paid for it on both occasions". Captin Renault says: The winning side would have paid you much better. Just change one word and watch how this dialogue changes the meaning dramitically. Captian Renault says instead: ---in 1936 you fought on the COMMUNIST side. This of course is how the left use there own dictionary to deceive the audience of the truth.
When you say "Casablanca" you automatically think Bogie, but for my money it's really Claude Raines who steals the show. He's really got all the most memorable lines and makes the most of them. If you're one of the four people on the planet who still have never seen this movie, keep your eye on the Prefect of Police. His interaction with Bogart is just delightful.
To: Rita P. If one believes in God, one realizes that when one has to choose between two evils (communism or fascism) one chooses neither. Rick Blane should not have fought in that war at all---if he was a true hero. Of course this is a film but it shows Hollywood's true colors in the political sence.
One of the best films ever made
- Lawrence Wanner
I've only become a Bogart fan in the last year or so. Now I regard him as one of my favorite actors. His performance is wonderful! And Ms.Bergman more than holds her own with an equally stellar performance. The film draws the viewer in like no other! Just awesome in every way!
Classic war time romance film
One of my favorite Bogie films!With Ingrid Bergman & Claude Raines you got yourself a winning formula.
claude rains should have gotten an oscar. not only delivered he a brillant performance, he did it with gusto. he WAS the bribable yet loveable de facto ruler of the city, showing with tongue in cheek his disgust for the germans and vichy. his personal "weaknesses" made him even more human and real.
As time goes by.
This film holds up beautifully. Never fades.
4 out of 4 stars!
The best movie ever made. Period. This film is what cinema is all about. The leading actors, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, have never given better performances and they are the best performers ever to step on screen. The supporting cast is the best used in cinema history with Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Dooley Wilson. No one sings As Time Goes By like Dooley Wilson. Even Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra have tried, but to no great avail. Michael Curtiz's direction and Max Steiner's direction and Owen Marks' editing are also treasures in this film. However, the real MVP of this film is the screenplay, written by Julius and Philip Epstein and Howard Koch, which has countless immortal lines from 'Here's looking at you kid' to 'Round up the usual suspects' to 'I stick my neck out for nobody'. The plot twists and turns with a mind of its own while the characters are each greatly defined. The film is about Ilsa Lund (Bergman) and her French Resistance leader husband Victor Lazlo (Henreid), who must escape from Casablanca. However, the only way out is the letters of transit and that lies in the hands of Ilsa's cynical onetime lover Rick Blaine (Bogart). This should be a fact by now, after all these years: this is the greatest movie of all time. In conclusion, play it again.
Great film in all aspects
- Jeff Boston
One of the best movies ever made. Clever casting. Dynamic dialogue. Marvelous mix of suspense, intrigue, comedy, pathos, and joy. Ingrid Bergman says "God bless you" (at the end) like no one else. Speaking of God, and in response to Rita, the loyalists (communists) were supported by the Soviet Union during the Spanish Civil War, and the rebels (fascists) were supported by Germany and Italy (Hitler and Mussolini). So really it was the "we-want-to-be-godless" fascists (in the 30s it was just nationalist socialism) against the "we are godless" reds. Hitler was intent on suppressing faith from the conscience of their citizens. The clueless commies eliminated God. Both sides were testing their weaponry in Spain. Hollywood in general has always had an affinity for communism. The only time such "faith" has been suppressed was at the outset of the Cold War, with the Iron Curtain, China going communist, the Korean War, etc. The suppression did not last long.
Hey Jack the Hat...VIA RICK BLAINE
- Rita P
Hey Jack the Hat...the Communists (Loyalists) fought against Fascists (conservative generals against Spain's legal gov't) who was subsequently supported by Nazi Germany and Italy. They won and subsequently supported the axis powers in the war. Some choice to begin with, Ha?
Every line is absolutely perfect- the writing and delivery from every actor could not have been better. That being said, Claude Rains (in my opinion) steals the show (if that is possible with such good acting by all.) He is simply brilliant! "I'm shocked, shocked to find gambling going on in here." It doesn't get better than that!
- Ed Kearns
This movie is about one thing: Chemistry, that between Bogie and Bergman; it is some of the best ever put to film, it makes the movie which quite frankly has a somewhat confusing plot not only watchable but memorable. Letters of transit held by Germans soldiers issued by DeGaulle that are in effect a free pass (can't even be questioned) yet having them is a crime? The chemistry between Bergman and Henreid is nonexistent. I have seen this picture some 20 or 30 times and will continue to watch it because of Bogie and Bergman. The supporting cast is top flight.
- Jack The Hat
It is interesting that most do not realize that Rick Blane (Bogart) admits to being a communist in this film. It seems that black listed (Howard Koch) had Rick fighting on the loyalist side in Spain. In case you haven't studied your history the loyalist were the communist in Spain at the time. The films real asset is the film score.
One of the best movies that was ever made! Fabulous cast . Can't get any better Humphery Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet & Peter Lorre. Everyone should watch this classic movie!
Many, myself included, consider this to be the best film made to date. The reasons are numerous and valid --great cast, great chemistry, great story, great themes, including patriotism, altruism, love in its purest and most unselfish form, excellent direction, cinematography, costumes, exotic locations, Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Raines, the Burbank Airport, the list goes on. One reason I like it so much is that it was not made with the notion that it would be the greatest movie ever--it just turned out to be that way. In this instance the best film happened accidentally when the right mix of story, cast and political climate came together at the right time. When this film was made, no one knew for sure how WWII was going to turn out--the Axis might have won. As I understand it, "Casablanca" was just another weekly offering, unlike "Cleopatra", for example, which was made with the idea that it would be one of the best films ever. In theory, "Cleopatra", with the money spent on costumes, extras, scenes, etc, shouldn't have been the flop that it is. I never get tired of seeing "Casablanca", even though I have memorized the dialogue.
an importnt movie
- robert zagardo
what can you say?----a triumph on every level----acting--producing-----and the music------these were the days of great directors-----(not like the john landis type directors of today-who dont mind murdering children)----this film is crucial if for only its historcal content---a vehicle of at the very least-to foster interest in these dynamic years which shaped the world---the dialog-supreme-----camera angles---magnificent-----casting---well try replacing any major characher with anyone else---and i believe we have a different fim----well as yu see----i love this movie
There's only one Casablanca
There is a reason why certain films are considered classics. Don't ask--simply sit down and see this film. Then you'll understand.
"Casablanca" IS a 10 rating!
- Steve S.
Enough said - heck, just watch it!
The Greatest Wartime Romance Drama of All Time.
- Frank Harris Horn
The AFI has named Casablanca the greatest romance story of the 20th century. It ranks number 2 on it's 100 Greatest Films list just below Orson Welles' Citizen Kane. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman make movie history as one of Hollywood's greatest leading couples. Bogie plays Rick Blaine, a saloon keeper, who is suddenly confronted by the lovely Ms. Bergman as his old flame along with Paul Henreid as her husband, both of whom, are fleeing the wrath of the Nazi tyranny. Winner of three Academy Wards including Best Picture of 1943, and Michael Curtiz as Best Director. Here's looking at you, Kid. Also starring Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Dooley Wilson, S.Z. "Cuddles" Sakall, Madeleine Le Beau, John Qualen, Richard Ryen, Joy Page, Dan Seymour, Helmut Dantine, Leonid Kinskey, Marcel Dalio, Charles La Torre, Ludwig Stossel, Ilka Gruning, Corinna Mura & Jean Del Val.
7.73 Overall Rating?
Please people....This is one of the finest films ever made. It just doesn't get any better than this.
The greatest movie ever made
- les warfield
"We will always have Paris", "play it Sam, play it again", "round up all the usual suspects",here's looking at you' kid", "of all the gin joints in all the world...", "this is the start of a beautiful friendship". Almost every line of dialogue in this movie is mem- orable or quotable. The greatest movie ever made still after 67 years there isnt even a second place. If I've seen this movie once I've seen it a thousand times. The blend of characters, direction, the historical time period all blend to make this the "king of movies".
Agreed: Number One US Film
If ever there's been a US made film that's close to perfect in every way, this one's it. The cast is one of the finest. I couldn't even pick my favorites of these actors. My favorite scene is the ending with Bogie and Claude Rains walking off together saying it looks like theirs is going to be a perfect friendship. Of course Ingrid Bergman is a spectacular actor. Paul Henried is too. Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, SK Sakall, Dooley, Veidt, what a supporting cast. I have the colorized version and it is so much better watching it in color. Plus the quality of this colorization is superb. I highly recommend seeing the Warner Bros. cartoon starring Bugs Bunny called "Carrotblanca." It is too cute for words.
America's Greatest Film
This film is my personal favorite and in my opinion, the greatest movie ever made. My apologies to Citizen Kane, the Godfather, Dr.Strangelove, etc. The ensemble cast of Casablanca truly shines in this cinema masterpiece and has there ever been a cooler character than Bogey's Rick?
A Cinematic Masterpiece
Watching "Casablanca" colorized is so much better than seeing it in B&W. Rather than taking anything away from the noir effects, color adds to them. It's like seeing a Da Vinci where it is hanging. The performance artistry that's loaded into this film is awesome. My favorite scenes are between Claude Rains and Humphrey Bogart. It seems just right that they walk off in the fog together talking about friendship.
Eevery line in this movie is completely memorable
Rick: Your cash is good at the bar. Banker: What? Do you know who I am? Rick: I do. You're lucky the bar's open to you. CLASSIC!
- Brad Ewart
There are many great scenes in this movie but my favorite is the one where Lazlo leads everyone in the French national anthem and drowns out the Nazis. This always brings tears to my eyes.
Here's looking at you kid
As Time Goes By....
- Bruce Reber
"Casablanca" gets better each time I see it. It is one of my top 5 Bogart films (Key Largo, The Big Sleep, High Sierra and The Desperate Hours the other 4) and it has all the elements of classic film - a stellar cast, powerful performances and a solid script and plot. If Casablanca had been made a few years later after Bogart married Lauren Bacall, one wonders whether she might have been cast in the role of Ilsa instead of Ingrid Bergman. Also, I wonder if the ending could have been different, and Rick decided his love for Ilsa was more important than helping fight the Nazis and he got on the plane with her. Casablanca is a true classic and nobody should even think about remaking it! I watch it every time it's on TCM. Here's looking at you, Casablanca!
The best movie ever made,enough said.
A MUST SEE classic movie!
- Clare Ikeguchi
This is THE quintessential romantic classic! Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, and Paul Heinreid worked beautifully together. I LOVE the song As Time Goes By, the man who sang it did great. Even though Rick and Ilsa wanted to be together they simply can't, it wasn't meant to be, ugh! This movie won Acadamy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. This movie deserved it. This movie also came in at #2 on AFI's 100 years, 100 movies. This movie is a sure favorite of mine.
Unforgetable and Beautiful Film.
Casablanca is the greatest movie of all time. There's no arguing about it. Every aspect: the acting, the plot, the direction, the screenplay, the music---flawless. Bogart and Bergman are at their finest. The supporting cast do a great job of keeping up with the leads and are cruical to the story. The dialogue is witty and flows perfectly. And above all, it really is just a great joy to watch. No matter how many times you watch Casablanca, the impact will be just as strong as the first time you saw it. There is a reason why Casablanca is always on every 'greatest film' list and why it is viewed as such an iconic movie. You are completely pulled into the story and when it's over you are totally blown away. Absolutely brilliant.
- doc Holiday
Best movie of all time!!!!!!!!!!
Play it ,Sam, play as time goes by
What a quote don't you think? One of my favorities after Frankly my dear... and here's looking at you,kid. Casablanca is just lovely it makes me cry when Ingrid says Play it... and when Humphrey say at the last time Here's looking at you wow. I am 14 and i believe that is for me the second best movie. (after GWTW). XOXO.
it was an excellent movie...
- Larra Jenieca
it was really a terrific ... brilliant movie.. i am only 15 years old . and i really enjoy watching this film.. and i also love watching classic films ... and this is one of the best...
This is a superb film. It is a romantic film and is also thrilling. It has a great script, great cast and great performances. This film also has the most famous lines. Superb masterpiece.
Masterpiece of 20th Century Cinema
makes my top 5 movie list.
An Movie Icon
An icon and a work of art. CASABLANCA is more than a romantic melodrma. It is flawlessly directed, well acted, evoking daydreams about lost chances and lost loves and honor. Every shot is just right
I love this movie more than I can express in words. This movie introduced me to Humphrey Bogart, and now, I have a collection of his movies. My grandpa and I love to watch his movies, and our favorite is Casablanca. The airplane scene is magic.
all time favorite
- Lauren Jean
This has been a favorite of mine as long as in can remember.It is my mother's favorite movie and hence I have seen it since birth. I love it more each time i see it
Better and better
I've seen this film many times before, but in a recent viewing I fell in love with it all over again. I developed an even more intense appreciation of this timeless classic and anybody would do well to give up a couple hours to watch it.
My personal ratings
This is by far one of the greatest romantic movie performed by an A list cast. They made it into the classic it is known for.
Thriller of all time
This is my family's favorite movie. My aunt from Taiwan requested the limited edition for her 50th birthday which was not available there. We bought a copy that traveled half way around the world.