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.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 15, 2000
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


as Rick Blaine

as Ilsa Lund Laszlo

as Capt. Louis Renault

as Victor Laszlo

as Major Heinrich Stras...

as Senor Ferrari

as Ugarte

as Jan Brandel

as Annina

as Berger

as Dark European

as Emil the Croupier

as Mr. Leuchtag

as Mrs. Leuchtag

as Senor Martinez

as Arab Vendor

as Abdul

as Friend

as Waiter

as Casselle

as Englishwoman

as Headwaiter

as Prosperous Man

as American

as Dealer

as Native

as French Officer

as Customer

as German Officer

as Smuggler

as Refused German Banke...

as Waiter at the Blue P...

as German Officer

as Narrator

as Bartender

as Man with Expired Pap...
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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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Nobody lights a torch like Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa or carries one like Humphrey Bogart's Rick.

Full Review… | February 26, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Casablanca is the most sociable, the most companionable film ever made. Life as an endless party.

Full Review… | February 19, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Nothing short of an invasion could add much to Casablanca.

Full Review… | February 17, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Film should be a solid moneymaker everywhere.

Full Review… | January 28, 2008
Top Critic

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.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


"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

Super Reviewer

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.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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