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.
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 cafĂ (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 … More
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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
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.
Anyone who doesn't love "Casablanca" should...stay in Casablanca? I don't know if this is the original give-up-the-girl-for-the-sake-of-the-Resistance story, but it's certainly got the most class. My favorite scene is the one in which the Germans are carousing to their anthem, and Victor strides up to the band and tells them to play "La Marseillaise." The band leader looks over at Rick, and he nods, almost imperceptibly. Vive la France!
Upon recent viewing though, I noticed several instances of vague show coupled with obvious tell - spoken recaps of the previous scene just in case an audience missed the subtext.
|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?|
|Rick Blaine:||We'll always have Paris. We didn't have, we, we lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night.|
|Ilsa:||When I said I would never leave you.|
|Rick Blaine:||I died young, of lung cancer.|
|Rick Blaine:||Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.|
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