in about 100 words or less
USA 102m, B&W
Director: Michael Curtiz; Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Dooley Wilson, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt
As one of the most memorable films of all time, Casablanca continues to be highly entertaining and influential, not so much for its relatively simple plot, but for its nostalgic feel, the beauty and likability of its main characters, and for its signature music. Despite its portrayal of the impending hardships and suffering at the outset of World War II, Casablanca provides an optimistic, albeit unrealistic, view of the world that suggests that the good guys will prevail. As one of the most often quoted and misquoted Hollywood films, Casablanca continues to be a cultural phenomenon and an inspiration to film makers (Klaus Ming September 2009).