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There isn't a Bogart lover out there that doesn't put this film at the top of their lists. Bogie plays Rick Blaine, owner of Rick's Cafe Americain, home of some of the most interesting characters ever assembled in one place. It is here, during WWII, that Bogart finds himself becoming involved in international intrigue. He helps out his former lover (the ever-elegant Ingrid Bergman) and her husband (Paul Henreid)-who works for the underground-attempt an escape, while keeping the local police captain Louis Renault (Claude Rains) and Nazi Major Strasser (Conrad Veidt) at bay.

Never a dull moment and plenty of memorable ones (some of which were said to have been improvised as filming went along) to wet your whistle (including Dooley Wilson's lovely rendition of "As Time Goes By"). Bogart and Bergman provide some beautiful romantic moments, while Rains, S.Z. Sakall (as Rick's headwaiter) and Wilson add some funny, whimsical ones. This is not the greatest movie of all time, but it's one of the best of its era.

My Rating = Four Stars

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