Many films have been labelled with the “classic” tag over the years. Few really deserve it, however Michael Curtiz’s 1942 masterpiece, Casablanca certainly does.
The script by Julius and Philip Epstein, Howard Koch and an uncredited Casey Robinson sparkles with wit and sophistication. Much of Casablanca has permeated modern culture, from the use of the song ‘As Time Goes By” to the oft quoted “here’s looking at you, kid”.
Humphrey Bogart brings movie star charisma to the role of Rick, throwing out one-liners with skill and precision, while Ingrid Bergman is a perfect romantic foil to his laconic charms. As great as they are, they are no match for Claude Rains’ Captain Renault. Rains revels in the role, clearly enjoying every moment. Casablanca shows that they really don’t make them like they used to.
Produced on a budget of $950,000, Casablanca grossed $4.1 million the US box office and $4.3 million globally.