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(1942) Director: Michael Curtiz. Screenplay: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch based on the play by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison. Musical Score: Max Steiner. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Sidney Greenstreet, Dooley Wilson, Paul Heinreid. Jazz musician and actor Dooley Wilson (Stormy Weather, Cabin in the Sky) is right - the fundamental things do still apply, especially when it comes to great movies! All it takes is an excellent story, inspired acting, fresh dialogue, having something to say about the way we act in the world - and the ability to sweep us into a place that exists only as images on a big screen in the dark. In a chaotic and corrupt North African city occupied by the Nazis, an apolitical American (Humphrey Bogart) runs Rick’s Cafe. Although he is unfazed by his customers (partisans, Nazis, emigrés, swindlers and more), Rick’s cool is shaken when the woman who walked out on him in Paris (a luminous Ingrid Bergman) appears in his cafe. Before Casablanca Bogart was always cast as criminals and cads, and it’s his subversion of the conventional the hero that keeps this classic on everyone’s top ten lists. Academy Awards®: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay. 112 min.