Critic Consensus: An undisputed masterpiece and perhaps Hollywood's quintessential statement on love and romance, Casablanca has only improved with age, boasting career-defining performances from Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
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as Rick Blaine
as Ilsa Lund Laszlo
as Capt. Louis Renault, Louis Renault
as Victor Laszlo
as Heinrich Strasser, Major Heinrich Strasser
as Ferrari, Senor Ferrari
as Jan Brandel
as Dark European
as Emil, Emil the Croupier
as Piosenkarz, Singer
as Mr. Leuchtag, Pan Leuchtag
as Pani Leuchtag, Mrs. Leuchtag
as Senor Martinez
as Arab Vendor
as Prosperous Man
as French Officer
as German Officer
as Refused German Banker
as Waiter at the Blue Parrot
as German Officer
as Man with Expired Papers (Shot)
Critic Reviews for Casablanca
It is excitingly acted, smartly directed, and tells a story crammed with suspense, characterization and action. The cast of players is enough to fill the theatre alone, for it includes some of the finest players Hollywood has to boast about.
Warners have been generous in fitting fine players to roles that become gems, each in its own way, through 1 the incisive handling of Claude Rains, Sidney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Dooley Wilson, S. Z. Sakall and Joy Page.
Claude Rains, as a French captain whose sympathies do not jibe with his uniform of allegiance to Nazi rule, gives a grand performance.
Director Michael Curtiz, whose sureness and skill ere rarely to be questioned in any picture he handles, have given Casablanca an exotic atmosphere, a flow of action, surprises and punch to make it constantly interesting.
Audience Reviews for Casablanca
This undeniable classic is always charming and irresistible, even if far from perfect - the characters, for instance, do not always act consistently with their personalities. But we'll always have the love, the classic lines, the timeless scenes and that unforgettable tune.
Rick is slowly rotting away from the inside out, an ex-pat American holed up in some dusty foreign dump of a African town filled with stinking immigrants and more every day, barely holding on to his sanity, boozed through and through, as World War 2 like a feral zombie (in a Nazi uniform), is eating European civilisation away, when the woman who left him cold back in Paris shows up with her new guy in tow, the girl of his dreams. What happens next is Hollywood history and always a pleasure to watch unfold, again and again (the truest mark of a classic).
Wartime cafe owner Humphrey Bogart's life is turned upside down when the woman who broke his heart walks into his bar with her husband, a fugitive from the Nazis, looking for an escape to America. This is one of those films the phrase "they don't make 'em like that anymore" was invented for. At its core it is a propaganda film made to encourage the American public to join the fight against the Nazis, but it is far from the usual heavy handed flag waver. It skillfully interweaves the patriotic message with political intrigue, wartime heroics and romance with a script full of wit and sophistication. The cast are all pretty much faultless, but it is the uneasy friendship between Bogart and the brilliant Claude Rains which makes the film, and their cynical interplay and banter is a joy to behold. Beautifully shot with so many unforgettable lines, this film consistently features in lists of the top 10 of greatest movies ever made, and rightly so.
|Maj. Heinrich Strasser:||What is your nationality?|
|Rick Blaine:||I'm a drunkard.|
|Capt. Louis Renault:||That makes Rick a citizen of the world.|
|Rick Blaine:||Last night we said a great many things. You said I was to do the thinking for both of us. Well, I've done a lot of it since then, and it all adds up to one thing: you're getting on that plane with Victor where you belong.|
|Ilsa:||But, Richard, no, I... I...|
|Rick Blaine:||Now, you've got to listen to me! You have any idea what you'd have to look forward to if you stayed here? Nine chances out of ten, we'd both wind up in a concentration camp. Isn't that true, Louie?|
|Capt. Louis Renault:||I'm afraid Major Strasser would insist.|
|Ilsa:||You're saying this only to make me go.|
|Rick Blaine:||I'm saying it because it's true. Inside of us, we both know you belong with Victor. You're part of his work, the thing that keeps him going. If that plane leaves the ground and you're not with him, you'll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.|
|Ilsa:||But what about us?|