Casablanca

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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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Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Laszlo is a famed rebel, and with Germans on his tail, Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country.

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Ingrid Bergman
Ilsa Lund Laszlo
Paul Henreid
Victor Laszlo
Claude Rains
Captain Louis Renault
Conrad Veidt
Major Heinrich Strasser
Sydney Greenstreet
Signor Ferrari
S.Z. Sakall
Carl, the Headwaiter
Murray Burnett
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Joan Alison
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Jack L. Warner
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M.K. Jerome
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Jack Scholl
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Critic Reviews for Casablanca

All Critics (92) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (91) | Rotten (1)

  • Where most other war-time melodramas have pinned their faith upon breakneck action, [Casablanca] derives its superb strength from the clashes and interplay of character [and] Michael Curtiz's highly disciplined handling of the suspense.

    January 22, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A long and lively film, bulging with acting talent and breathless with its own dramatic momentum.

    January 16, 2018 | Full Review…

    Alan Dent

    Guardian
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  • While the future was uncertain, the resolute characters of this exquisite wartime drama found peace through love and resistance.

    December 28, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Certainly a more accomplished cast of players cannot be imagined, and their direction by Michael Curtiz is inspired.

    October 3, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Curtiz's film is a classic for a reason -- it's crafted with the precision, detail and beauty of a Fabergé egg; the dialogue is hauntingly memorable and, in Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, it has one of the most magnetic screen pairings in history.

    February 22, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • An entertaining adventure story played against the colorful background of the cosmopolitan city that has become an important stop on the timetable of the European refugee.

    February 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Casablanca

  • Apr 19, 2020
    One of those rare films that gets better every time you screen it. The closing scene is sublime.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2017
    There's not really much one can add all of the comments about this film, a masterpiece that is truly deserving of being in the list of top movies of all time. The story is perfectly crafted, intersecting a love triangle with the crushing pressures of wartime, and It's perfectly told by Director Michael Curtiz, with a flashback, a few surprises, and not a single wasted shot. Most importantly, the film captures the feeling of those huge moments in life that we'll always remember, where everything in one's life pivots, as well as the pain of love lost. Bogart holding that note in the rain, the ink beginning to run down as he's urged to get on the train, is later mirrored by him watching the plane disappear into the fog, the signal light reducing to a pinprick, and both moments are incredibly poignant. The cast is also outstanding - Bogart and Bergman of course, but also almost all of the supporting characters. Claude Rains as the Vichy French captain whose loyalties sway in the wind is my personal favorite. In a sweeping story that could have easily been cloying or corny, there is great realism in characters who are morally ambivalent (Rains, Lorre, and Bogart himself) put next to those who are willing to sacrifice themselves for a good cause, and those bent on taking over the world. There are many wonderful scenes, and not just those between Bogart and Bergman. Paul Henreid is great with Bergman too, and the scene where he leads the French ex-pats in singing 'La Marseillaise' to drown out the German officers singing their own patriotic is rousing. And let's not forget Dooley Wilson, who is so smooth, singing among other things the iconic "As Time Goes By". This film is romantic, gritty, stoic, larger than life, and epic - and one that I never get tired of seeing.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 09, 2015
    Casablanca is simply sublime.
    Paris S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 19, 2014
    In every way, this is why film has become the success it has. Classic in every sense of the word. Bogart's performance is the icing on this most delicious of cakes.
    Joshua H Super Reviewer

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