JOHN OSTRANDER: Casablanca At 70 – You MUST Remember This

John Ostrander

John Ostrander started his career as a professional writer as a playwright. His best known effort, Bloody Bess, was directed by Stuart Gordon, and starred Dennis Franz, Joe Mantegna, William J. Norris, Meshach Taylor and Joe Mantegna. He has written some of the most important influential comic books of the past 25 years, including Batman, The Spectre, Manhunter, Firestorm, Hawkman, Suicide Squad, Wasteland, X-Men, and The Punisher, as well as Star Wars comics for Dark Horse. New episodes of his creator-owned series, GrimJack, which was first published by First Comics in the 1980s, appear every week on ComicMix.

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  1. Jeremiah Avery says:

    “Casablanca” is my all-time favorite film. I’ve enjoyed it since I was a kid and make it a point to watch it at least once or twice a year. When I finally bought a blu-ray player, this was the first blu-ray I had purchased (so, of course they had to come out with a new edition right afterward!).

    So many great lines and moments. Strong performances. One of Ingrid Bergman’s best performances iin the film was when Sam was playing “As Time Goes By” and the camera stays focused on her. No dialogue, just a sad and comtemplative expression which got more morose as time elapsed.

    My ticket has been purchased and I’m making sure I leave work a little early on Wednesday so I can see it in the theater. I’ve never seen it in that venue and look forward to seeing it with fellow admirers.

  2. George Haberberger says:

    I had seen bits and pieces of Casablanca throughout my life of course but had never really sat down to watch the entire movie from beginning to end. Recently a Blockbuster Video rental store in my area was going out of business and was selling all their stock for about $5 – $10. I bought Scent of a Woman, Sin City, Punisher War Journal and Casablanca.

    Casablanca is such a great film on so many levels: drama, love story, action movie, character piece. I think I already knew all that and I don’t know why I waiting so long to finally watch it.

  3. George Haberberger says:

    Oh and I’m shocked, shocked I tell you, that I forgot to mention its a comedy too.

  4. Mindy Newell says:

    THE GREATEST MOVIE EVERY MADE!!!! whose script was changing daily. For example: up until the very last last moment absolutely NO ONE knew if Ilsa was getting on the plane with Victor or staying with Rick.

    “I’m shocked, SHOCKED, to find there is gambling on these premises.”
    “Your winnings, sir.”
    “Thank you.”

    “Are my eyes really brown?”

    “What is your nationality?”
    “I’m a drunkard.”

    “I came to Casablanca for the waters.”
    “Waters? What waters? We’re in the middle of the desert.”
    “I was misinformed.”

    “There are places in New York that I would advise even you to stay out of.”

  5. Jeremiah Avery says:

    I like the risque line Rick says to the woman who is trying to get an exit visa for her and her husband:

    “How did you get in here? You’re underage.”
    “I came with Captain Rennaut.”
    “Ah, that figures.”
    “My husband is with us too.”
    “Really? The Captain is getting broad-minded.”