Algiers NR CC

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A thief (Pepe Le Moto) lives in the Casbah of Algiers but is captive there because others want to arrest him; only in the Casbah is he protected. When he meets a beautiful woman he realizes quite how trapped he is.

Starring:
Charles Boyer, Sigrid Gurie
Runtime:
1 hour 40 minutes

Algiers

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Genres Drama, Romance, Mystery
Director John Cromwell
Starring Charles Boyer, Sigrid Gurie
Supporting actors Hedy Lamarr, Joseph Calleia, Alan Hale, Gene Lockhart, Walter Kingsford, Paul Harvey, Stanley Fields, Johnny Downs, Charles D. Brown, Robert Greig, Leonid Kinskey, Joan Woodbury, Nina Koshetz, Claudia Dell, Ben Hall, Bert Roach, Gino Corrado, Armand Kaliz
Studio Synergy Ent
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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It's such a marvelous film.
Deborah Chester
I strongly advise - let's put a stop to this type of DVD being offered to the public.
Jim Tarleton
The only improvement over the previously-released DVD is in the audio.
Allan Willis

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86 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Jim Tarleton on September 19, 2002
Format: DVD
This movie is 1930's history. It's always fun to see a great cast like Boyer & Lamarr. But this print that was put on DVD is unwatchable. Grainy, jumpy, inaudible, faded - and this is being kind. At one point, there was even a double soundtrack being heard. I strongly advise - let's put a stop to this type of DVD being offered to the public. DVD's are a marvel to watch. It's a crime when you are subjected to this type of mess!!DO NOT BUY IT!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ein Kunde on January 29, 2004
Format: DVD
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed "Algiers". The combination of plot, atmosphere, music, and great character acting moved the film right along and kept my interest. It's easy to see that this is what Warner Brothers had in mind when they made "Casablanca", and while "Casablanca" is a much better film, "Algiers" certainly does not deserve to sink into oblivion.
Charles Boyer does a fine job as a charming Parisian jewel thief hiding out in the "casbah" of Algiers (then a French colony); Hedy Lamarr, as the slumming tourist, is also very good. There are good supporting actors in most of the other parts, including Alan Hale (senior), father of Alan Hale (junior) who was "Skipper" on TV's "Gilligan's Island". Gene Lockhart, as the betrayer, is also a standout.
The "casbah" itself, part North African/part Hollywood, is also a star here. Lots of good set design and camerawork (James Wong Howe). I was curious about the music: it's partially credited to "Mohammed Igarbouchen" (a.k.a. Mohamed Ygerbuchen) and I found that he also did the music for the French "Pépé le Moko" of which "Algiers" was a re-make.
-- A word about the DVD: millions of dollars were not spent to restore picture and sound quality and provide lots of extras. Too bad. This DVD, from Alpha Video, is just the movie. The overall quality is not pristine. There are some scratches on the film and some noise on the soundtrack. A film from 1938 could look and sound a lot better. It looks like what's on the DVD probably came from a made-for-TV print, because the picture is slightly enlarged to completely fill the screen. This is obvious at the beginning when part of the credits text is off the edge of the screen. Still, as of this time, this is your only chance to get "Algiers" on DVD, and Alpha Video offers it at a bargain price; my recommendation is "buy it".
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By S. Moseley on October 19, 2006
Format: DVD
Apparently Amazon sells two DVD versions of this movie. I bought this version because the reviews of the other version (ASIN: B00006II5I) reported extremely poor video and audio quality, and warned people not to buy it. This version has none of those reported problems.

As far as video and audio quality, it is obvious that this DVD was recorded directly from one of the old 1938 copies of the film. It has NOT been restored in any way. You see a few scratches in the film every so often, and there is a slight hiss in the audio just as you would expect while watching a movie this old. If you went to an old theater and they were running one of the original 1938 copies of this movie, this DVD is exactly what you would see. It's a matter of personal choice if you will like the authentic look of this DVD or prefer your old movies to be visually restored with enhanced audio.

The movie itself is a classic. It's a "must own" for anyone who is a collector of 1930's movies or a fan of Charles Boyer/Hedy Lamarr. This is the movie that really introduced Hedy Lamarr to American audiences after she moved to the U.S. and left her Ecstasy days behind.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Proxlie on June 19, 2005
Format: DVD
First, 4 stars for the film, 0 for this version! This Alpha Video version (DVD) has a dreadful 20 minute sequence where some stupid Sci-Fi movie's audio dominates this movie's sound. Alpha should not produce/sell any more of these unless they correct the problem. Amazon sells another version, ASIN: B0002CR4GY (Release date 09/28/2004, one of the ones without a picture as of this review date, you can see the picture on another site perhaps) that does NOT have that problem. Buy that one instead if you want to see this film.

As enticement... the film opens thus: "Algiers. Where blazing desert meets the blue Mediterranean, and modern Europe jostles ancient Africa. A stone's throw from the modern city, the native quarter, known as the Casbah, stands like a fortress above the sea. Its population includes many tribes and races, drifters and outcasts from all parts of the world --- and criminals who find this a safe hiding place from the long arm of the law. Supreme on these heights rules one man --- Pepe le Moko --- long wanted by the French police."

I loved it. This is a remake of the foreign film "Pepe le Moko" about this criminal (Charles Boyer) who is the ruler of what is also his prison, the Casbah, a dark and layered labyrinth that frustrates all of the French and Algerian authorities, except for one man. Slimane (Joseph Calleia), Pepe's rival and friend, slyly introduces the stunningly beautiful Gaby (Hedy Lamarr) to entice Pepe to leave the protection of the Casbah. Will it work? Or will the conniving plans of others get in the way? If you want to know, then as Boyer said (actually, the cartoon character Pepe LePew said this), you'll have to "Come with me to the Casbah!"
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Moseley on October 19, 2006
Format: DVD
After reading the EXTREMELY bad reviews here of this DVD copy, I bought the other version (ASIN: B0002CR4GY) for sale here on Amazon.

The other version has none of the quality problems reported here. Don't be fooled into thinking this is a better version just because the photo on this DVD case is in color and the other in black & white. See my review on the other version for more information.

BUY THE OTHER DVD VERSION THAT AMAZON SELLS!!!
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