1942 ***** 103 mins.
Its dialogue is iconic. Its images are unforgettable. The film is Casablanca, and it is a film whose reputation precedes it. Once you sit down and watch it, though, you realize one viewing is enough. I've watched it many times through the years, and it just doesn't hold up well with me with repeat viewings. You get the whole thing the first time you watch it, so there's very little reward to watching it again. Humphrey Bogart, Paul Henreid, and Ingrid Bergman bring their characters to life vividly and memorably. It's a movie everyone should see, and it is definitely a classic, leagues better than most films. There's just not a lot of incentive to watch it again and again.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Originally not rated; since rated PG.
Julius J. & Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch
From a Play by
Murray Burnett, Joan Alison