1942, Drama, 1h 42m122 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings
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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. Read critic reviews
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Ilsa Lund Laszlo
Captain Louis Renault
Major Heinrich Strasser
Carl, the Headwaiter
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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.
It may not be the best of its kind ever, but it is good melodrama.
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.
The tale as unfolded is one of love, hate, revenge and gallantry and will please those who watch its visualization because of its fine reserve during most of its telling.
Audience Reviews for Casablanca
Apr 19, 2020One of those rare films that gets better every time you screen it. The closing scene is sublime.Aldo G Super Reviewer
Nov 29, 2017There'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, 2015Casablanca is simply sublime.Paris S Super Reviewer
Apr 19, 2014In 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
|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?|