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Casablanca (1942)



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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One of the most beloved American films, this captivating wartime adventure of romance and intrigue from director Michael Curtiz defies standard categorization. Simply put, it is the story of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a world-weary ex-freedom fighter who runs a nightclub in Casablanca during the early part of WWII. Despite pressure from the local authorities, notably the crafty Capt. Renault (Claude Rains), Rick's cafà (C) has become a haven for refugees looking to purchase illicit letters of transit which will allow them to escape to America. One day, to Rick's great surprise, he is approached by the famed rebel Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) and his wife, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), Rick's true love who deserted him when the Nazis invaded Paris. She still wants Victor to escape to America, but now that she's renewed her love for Rick, she wants to stay behind in Casablanca. "You must do the thinking for both of us," she says to Rick. He does, and his plan brings the story to its satisfyingly logical, if not entirely happy, conclusion. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

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Humphrey Bogart
as Rick Blaine
Ingrid Bergman
as Ilsa Lund Laszlo
Claude Rains
as Capt. Louis Renault
Paul Henreid
as Victor Laszlo
Conrad Veidt
as Major Heinrich Strasser
Sydney Greenstreet
as Senor Ferrari
Helmut Dantine
as Jan Brandel
Joy Page
as Annina
Curt Bois
as Dark European
Marcel Dalio
as Emil the Croupier
Ludwig Stossel
as Mr. Leuchtag
Ilka Gruning
as Mrs. Leuchtag
Charles La Torre
as Senor Martinez
Frank Puglia
as Arab Vendor
George Dee
as Casselle
Norma Varden
as Englishwoman
Martin Garralaga
as Headwaiter
Olaf Hytten
as Prosperous Man
Monte Blue
as American
Alberto Morin
as French Officer
Henry Rowland
as German Officer
Louis Mercier
as Smuggler
Gregory Gaye
as Refused German Banker
Oliver Blake
as Waiter at the Blue Parrot
Lou Marcelle
as Narrator
Mischa Auer
as Bartender
Wolfgang Zilzer
as Man with Expired Papers (Shot)
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Critic Reviews for Casablanca

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (12)

Certainly a more accomplished cast of players cannot be imagined, and their direction by Michael Curtiz is inspired.

Full Review… | October 3, 2015
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

Full Review… | February 17, 2015
New York Daily News
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Nobody lights a torch like Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa or carries one like Humphrey Bogart's Rick.

Full Review… | February 26, 2014
Chicago Tribune
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Casablanca is the most sociable, the most companionable film ever made. Life as an endless party.

Full Review… | February 19, 2013
New Yorker
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Nothing short of an invasion could add much to Casablanca.

Full Review… | February 17, 2009
TIME Magazine
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Film should be a solid moneymaker everywhere.

Full Review… | January 28, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Casablanca

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).

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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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.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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"Casablanca" is a tight movie. Craftsmanship is the name of the game, and with every line, look, and movement contributing to its story, not a moment of what you see on screen is wasted. Fully realized locations, legendary performers at the top of their game, and a story that sneaks up on you with how powerful it suddenly becomes -- yes, "Casablanca" deserves the place it has made itself at the top of all-time lists. Even today it's more entertaining and emotionally resonant than many current films. That it is from 1942 and yet remains so relevant today is simply mind-blowing.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

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