“….you’ll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.”
The line above is perhaps one of Humphrey Bogart’s most famous from the classic film, CASABLANCA.
With slight modification, the line can also be heard in The WordPlayers’ upcoming touring show by Tom Long, THE CASE OF THE MISSING BODIES.
The classic film explores an unfulfilled relationship in the midst of a war-torn world. The one-act play explores the mystery of the apostle Peter’s miraculous escape from prison as told in the Book of Acts. But the line is appropriate to both, because it is about the prospect of deep regret.
In the iconic movie, Rick (Bogart) is smart enough and sensitive enough to know that if Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) stays with him and fails to accompany her husband out of Casablanca, she will regret it someday.
In Tom Long’s little play, the Bogart-esque character named Sam Bar-Shamus is faced with the choice of whether or not he should pursue a relationship with the risen Christ. If he chooses not to pursue that “beautiful friendship”… talk about deep regret!!