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Cinemark Theatre will show 'Casablanca' for one day

By by dianna wray/dwray@vicad.com
March 14, 2012 at 3:01 p.m.
Updated March 13, 2012 at 10:14 p.m.


If You Go

WHAT: "Casablanca" one-day theater showingWHERE: Cinemark 12 Theatre, 7806 N. Navarro St.WHEN: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 21COST: $10.50FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call Cinemark Theatre at 361-485-1569.

"Casablanca" is possibly the best movie ever made.

The story is of Rick, played by my one true love, Humphrey Bogart.

Rick is an American saloon owner torn between love and virtue. The meat of "Casablanca" is him deciding whether to stay with the love of his life, played by Ingrid Bergman, or help her and her resistance leader husband escape so they can continue fighting the Nazis.

I mean, for this exchange alone, it's a movie worth watching:

Renault: "And what in heaven's name brought you to Casablanca?"

Rick: "My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters."

Renault: "The waters? What waters? We're in the desert."

Rick: "I was misinformed."

The movie is counted as one of the hands-down best ever made, which came as a surprise to the stars of the film.

When the A-list cast started working on the film in early 1942, they didn't think it was anything special. The movie was just one of hundreds being churned out by the Hollywood machine that year.

Directed by Michael Curtiz, and with a sharply written script by the Epstein brothers and Howard Koch, the film was rushed into release to take advantage of the fact that America was just getting into World War II.

Then it got huge, and now, I can always tell a real friend from someone who will always remain a mere acquaintance by whether they really get "Casablanca."

The part where he tells her to get on that plane is just about the most heart wrenchingly romantic, noble thing that's ever been done on film - at least, that's what I always think when I'm watching it.

It has been 70 years since Capt. Renault, played by Claude Raines, and Rick walked off into the mist to the "start of a beautiful friendship." Now you have the chance to see it on the big screen in the movie theater for one day only at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on March 21. So, that's where I'm going to be, and if you're smart, you will be, too.

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