Reviewed by: Shannon Hammell
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Reins | Directed by: Michael Curtiz | Produced by: Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner | Written by: Murray Burnett and Joan Alison (story); Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch (script) | Distributor: Warner Bros.
Casablanca is one of my favorite movies of all time. It stays true to its “PG” rating, even with its themes containing violence, drinking, and references to having affairs outside of marriage.
Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) is the owner of a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco during the time of World War II. Although he’s not the kind of man to fall in love, he has a fling with Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) in France. Later, Rick finds out that Ilsa is married and she runs off on him, leaving him bitter and miserable. Rick also discovers that Ilsa’s husband is a Nazi target. The political intrigue and romance ensue from there.
“Casablanca” is not anti-Christian in message, but neither does it harbor Christian values. It is a fascinating film depicting some events surrounding the second world war. The Bible makes it clear that lying and adultery are wrong (see the Ten Commandments). However, some viewers may find these themes objectionable. In fact, when it was released in 1942, it was known as an envelope-pushing project. But for anyone over 13 who enjoys classic cinema, “Casablanca” is worth a watch.