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The 1942 movie “Casablanca”, directed by Michael Curtiz, is the epitome of a classic movie. It is a traditional romance with a dash of action to keep it exciting. The film takes place in Casablanca, Morocco during World War II. People fled from all over Europe to Casablanca in hopes of going to America. Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) is not one of those people. He is quite content in being the owner of Rick’s Café Americanain. He and Sam (Dooley Wilson), the Café’s piano player, are doing well until Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) comes into his Saloon. She has come to town to get letters of transit for her and her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), to get out of Casablanca and go to Lisbon. Rick has the letters they need to get out, but he is having a hard time giving them up to the husband of the love of his life. The tension from the love triangle between Rick, Ilsa and Victor keeps the movie flowing nicely and also adds to the classic movie characteristics. Most every romantic classic movie has two men in love with one woman and as the plot continues the woman always has to make a decision between the two men. The comic relief in this film is slim, but the little that is

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business manager Sandra Bullock knocks it out of the park in “Miss Congeniality”. Who knew that a film about an F.B.I. agent and Miss United States contestants could turn out so satisfying? Gracie Hart (Bullock) goes undercover as a Miss United States contestant when she finds out that the killer’s next target is aimed at the pageant. Without volunteering, Gracie is forced to enter the pageant, ready to catch the killer. But she’s got a little work to do with herself before convincing the ladies that she is

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there goes along way. Sam and Captain Renault (Claude Rains) throw out little comments to keep the mood light when the tension builds up in a scene. I had very high expectations for this film from all the references I’ve heard in other movies and from the fact that it got three Academy awards. It came close to meeting all of them, but fell short in several points during the movie. I found myself getting bored with a few scenes dedicated to setting up the plot, but once the action started back up again “Casablanca” became the unique movie that it is. It is a classic and well worth your time, so I recommend you watch it and make up your own decision about it.

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