For Hicksflicks.com, Oct. 10, 2014

If you've never experienced "Casablanca" (1944, b/w) in a movie theater you owe it to yourself to head out to Holiday's Water Gardens Theater during the next week. You won't be sorry.

And if you've never seen it all, so much the better. You're in for an extra-special treat, and I envy you for being able to discover it for the first time.

But even for the second, third, fifth or 25th time, "Casablanca" is an amazingly successful film of wartime politics, star-crossed lovers and memorable, often hilarious, dialogue, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.


            Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, 'Casablanca'

Even if you've never seen "Casablanca," you've heard some of the dialogue, either in clips or some other, perhaps spoofing, context:

— "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."

— "Play it, Sam."

— "We'll always have Paris."

— "Here's looking at you, kid."


— "Round up the usual suspects."

— "It doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world."

— "I remember every detail. The Germans wore gray, you wore blue."

— "Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

"Casablanca" will play today (Friday, Oct. 10) through next Thursday (Oct. 16). Weekday showings are at 1:30 p.m., with a 5:45 p.m. showing on Wednesday. The Saturday screening is at 10:30 a.m.