Casablanca

1942

Casablanca

Critics 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 café (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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Cast

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 (79) | Top Critics (20)

  • A long and lively film, bulging with acting talent and breathless with its own dramatic momentum.

    Jan 15, 2018 | Full Review…

    Alan Dent

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • While the future was uncertain, the resolute characters of this exquisite wartime drama found peace through love and resistance.

    Dec 28, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Certainly a more accomplished cast of players cannot be imagined, and their direction by Michael Curtiz is inspired.

    Oct 3, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Curtiz's film is a classic for a reason -- it's crafted with the precision, detail and beauty of a Fabergé egg; the dialogue is hauntingly memorable and, in Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, it has one of the most magnetic screen pairings in history.

    Feb 22, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    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.

    Feb 17, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Nobody lights a torch like Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa or carries one like Humphrey Bogart's Rick.

    Feb 26, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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