Casablanca (1942)

9 Stars (Our of 10 Stars)

“Here’s looking at you kid” – One of the great lines from classic movies.  Casablanca is one of the truly great classic films.  If you haven’t seen it, you should.  I wouldn’t say it’s my most favorite film, but it does have a great story and great acting.

Humphrey Bogart is the gruff, seemingly insensitive type, and Ingrid Bergman is the woman in love with a cause.

THE ENDING

I think this film is most recognized as one of the truly great endings…up there with films like “The Sixth Sense” or “The Sting” or “Witness for the Prosecution” – this film keeps you guessing and has a number of unexpected twists and turns.  It seems like you know which way it’s going to go, and then it surprises you, and then it surprises you again.

THE SUPPORTING CAST

There are also of good performances here Paul Henreid and Claude Rains are solid.  There is the always pleasant performance of S. Z. Sakall who is in so many other great classic movies such as “The Devil and Miss Jones” and the Judy Garland classic “In the Good Old Summertime.”  Peter Lorre is Ugarte who is a slimy little fellow who gets knocked off.  So many other great supporting performances and the movie has one of the better supporting casts ever assembled in a film.

TWO STARS IN THEIR PRIME

The appeal to this movie also comes from the two stars in their prime.  Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.  Ingrid has this innocent kind of face, and her beauty was subtle, but rich.  Humphrey Bogart always shines as the tough, street smart character who does the right thing some of the time, but often only if there is personal gain.

HEROISM, SUSPENSE, AND INTRIGUE

I think this movie has stood up so well over time because it is a movie with an unlikely hero…it is a movie of courage, and suspense, and intrigue.  It makes you wonder what it would have been like living in a place like Casablanca where the threat of Nazi Occupation was looming, and the local government was caught in a dangerous position.  Fear and Uncertainty create an interesting environment for the movie, and lead to complicated relationships and patriotic actions.  “To Have and Have Not” is also a similar type of movie where heroism is required, but not necessarily desired.

ONE OF THE BEST

This movie I rated 9 stars, It’s one of the best.  I’ve seen in many times…it falls just short of perfection for me, but I still enjoy it very much every time I see it.

Todd Morgan
About Todd Morgan
Todd is one of nation's top classic movie experts, with a passion and determination to help the younger generation discover some of the truly greatest movies ever made. Todd reviews 2-3 movies every week and also prepares classic movie trivia, lists, writes books, and develops games all on Classic Movies. Contact him at classicmovieguy.com@gmail.com.

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