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
as Victor Laszlo
as Major Heinrich Strasser
as Senor Ferrari
as Jan Brandel
as Dark European
as Emil the Croupier
as Mr. Leuchtag
as 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)
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Critic Reviews for Casablanca
Certainly a more accomplished cast of players cannot be imagined, and their direction by Michael Curtiz is inspired.
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.
Nobody lights a torch like Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa or carries one like Humphrey Bogart's Rick.
Casablanca is the most sociable, the most companionable film ever made. Life as an endless party.
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).
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.
"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.
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