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Casablanca/African Queen [DVD]

  • SKU: 4574014
  • Release Date: 03/12/2013
  • Rating: PG
  • 4.9 (7)
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
4.9
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7 out of 7)

Special Features

  • Casablanca - Michael Curtiz: The Greatest Director You Never Heard Of
  • Casablanca: An Unlikely Classic
  • Introduction by Lauren Bacall
  • 2 Separate Commentaries: Roger Ebert and Film Historian Rudy Behlmer
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

The African Queen
After years of wooing director John Huston via good reviews, film critic James Agee was given a chance to write the screenplay for a Huston picture. Adapted from a novel by C.S. Forester, The African Queen stars Humphrey Bogart in his Oscar-winning portrayal of Charlie Allnut, the slovenly, gin-swilling captain of a tramp steamer called the African Queen, which ships supplies to small East African villages during World War I. Katharine Hepburn plays Rose Sayer, the maiden-lady sister of a prim British missionary, Rev. Samuel Sayer (Robert Morley). When Germans invade and Samuel dies, Allnut offers to take Rose back to civilization. She can't tolerate his drinking or bad manners; he isn't crazy about her imperious, judgmental attitude. However it does not take long before their passionate dislike turns to love. Together the disparate duo work to ensure their survival on the treacherous waters and devise an ingenious way to destroy a German gunboat. The African Queen may well be the perfect adventure film, its roller-coaster storyline complemented by the chemistry between its stars. The profound difficulties inherent in filming on location in Africa have been superbly documented by several books, including one written by Katharine Hepburn. Screenwriter Peter Viertel (who worked, on an uncredited basis, on the script of this film - assisting with some of the dialogue) incorporated some of the African Queen anecdotes in his roman a clef about a Huston-like director/adventurer, White Hunter, Black Heart. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Casablanca
One of the most beloved American films, this captivating wartime adventure of romance and intrigue from director Michael Curtiz defies standard categorization. Simply put, it is the story of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a world-weary ex-freedom fighter who runs a nightclub in Casablanca during the early part of WWII. Despite pressure from the local authorities, notably the crafty Capt. Renault (Claude Rains), Rick's café has become a haven for refugees looking to purchase illicit letters of transit which will allow them to escape to America. One day, to Rick's great surprise, he is approached by the famed rebel Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) and his wife, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), Rick's true love who deserted him when the Nazis invaded Paris. She still wants Victor to escape to America, but now that she's renewed her love for Rick, she wants to stay behind in Casablanca. "You must do the thinking for both of us," she says to Rick. He does, and his plan brings the story to its satisfyingly logical, if not entirely happy, conclusion. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Humphrey Bogart
    Humphrey Bogart - Charlie Allnut
  • Katharine Hepburn
    Katharine Hepburn - Rose Sayer
  • Robert Morley
    Robert Morley - Rev. Samuel Sayer
  • Peter Bull
    Peter Bull - Captain of Louisa
  • Theodore Bikel
    Theodore Bikel - First Officer

Overall Customer Rating

4.9 (7 Reviews)
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