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Casablanca: The Complete Series (1983)

David Soul , Hector Elizondo , Robert Lewis , Ralph Senensky  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: David Soul, Hector Elizondo, Ray Liotta, Scatman Crothers, Reuven Bar-Yotam
  • Directors: Robert Lewis, Ralph Senensky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Collector's Edition, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 26, 2012
  • Run Time: 245 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007TR1R40
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,481 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Casablanca: The Complete Series" on IMDb

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Casablanca - a 1980s television series based on the 1942 classic film. David Soul (Starsky and Hutch) plays Rick Blaine an American expatriate and the owner of Rick's Caf‚ in unoccupied Africa during the early days of WWII. The shows stellar cast includes Hector Elizondo as Captain Renault, Reuven Bar-Yotam as Ferrari, Ray Liotta as Sacha, Patrick Horgan as Major Heinrich Strasser and Scatman Crothers as Sam. The classic song "As Time Goes By", sung here by Crothers is the opening theme song for the show. Winner of an Emmy Awardr for Outstanding Cinematography for a series and a nominee for Outstanding Art Direction for a series.

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Perhaps the oddest release to be timed with the seventieth anniversary of the film masterpiece "Casablanca" is this short-lived NBC program from 1983. The entire series consists of only 5 episodes and the show was canceled before they all even had a chance to air. At best, one would have to consider the greatest appeal of the TV series "Casablanca" to be a curiosity factor. What a tremendously bad idea! Why, why, why? A weekly adventure series that is a prequel to one of the greatest films ever made? Who thought this notion was a winner? Obviously not the viewing public. In truth, the program might have made for passable entertainment had it not tainted the "Casablanca" brand. It features some appealing actors, some impeccable set design, and some engaging banter.

In many ways, I think NBC was just as interested in capitalizing on the "Raiders of the Lost Ark" phenomenon (another network was airing its variation Tales of the Gold Monkey) as it was on adding to the "Casablanca" legend. They share similar timelines, themes, settings, and foes if you discount Raiders more outlandish elements. Maybe NBC thought it could capture a younger audience that liked Indiana Jones while attracting an older crowd with Rick Blaine. It didn't quite work out, though. I do, however, credit the technical team behind this series for recreating sets from the movie with precision. The Cafe Americain backdrop is often as interesting to study as any particular plotline! And the show was Emmy nominated for Art Direction and won a posthumous Emmy for Cinematography.

What's it all about? David Soul plays Rick, an American ex-pat, in WWII era Casablanca.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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In deference to the original movie, I can't give this 5 stars.

I'm glad to see this has been released on DVD.

Having appeared in the Premiere episode, "Who Am I Killing" (note the young soldier machine-gunning poor Trisha Noble in the final scene), I will add my support for K. Harris's compliment on the production. The set was magnificent. As for "why, why, why", remember this was not the only time Casablanca was turned into a TV series. The Premiere Episode of the 1955 series is included in the Casablanca 3-DVD box set Ultimate Collector's Edition from Warner Home Video Casablanca (Ultimate Collector's Edition). And certainly the network's motivation for this series was to catch the wave of popularity from Raiders of the Lost Ark. I also appeared in Bring 'em Back Alive, which was produced for the same reason.

Producer, David Wolper, is a master. He spared nothing in production values. In addition to the Art Direction and Set Design mentioned in K. Harris's review, here are just some of the other masters on this shoot: Layne "Shotgun" Britton (Make-up Artist, first credited on "Citizen Cane" + about 50 additional credits), Joe Biroc (Cinematography - first DP credit was It's A Wonderful Life. Over 150 subsequent DP credits! Oscar winning DP for Towering Inferno), Ralph Senensky (Director - nearly 100 shows from Twilight Zone to Hart to Hart). It was an honor, indeed, for this to be my first SAG gig.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Casablanca, the series July 1, 2012
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I thought this was great. David Soul portrayed the role of Rick very well, granted nobody will ever top Bogey but David comes as close as anyone I've seen. It's too bad the series only lasted for such a short time. The scenery was great, the supporting actors were well played. You felt like you were transported back in time to that era. I really enjoyed watching, wish there would have been more. If your a David Soul fan, which I am, you willing really like this one.
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