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Casablanca

"They had a date with fate in Casablanca!"

PG 1943-01-15 Drama 1hr 42m

In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

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In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

  • Released
    1943-01-15
  • Revenue
    $10,462,500
  • Budget
    $878,000
  • Runtime
    1hr 42m
  • Genre
    Drama, Romance
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    Deutsch, Français, Italiano, English
  • imdb-logo
    8.5
  • Production
    Warner Bros. Pictures

Crew

Michael Curtiz
Director
Julius J. Epstein
Screenplay
Hal B. Wallis
Producer

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Cast

Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart

Rick Blaine
Paul Henreid

Paul Henreid

Victor Laszlo
Claude Rains

Claude Rains

Captain Louis Renault
Conrad Veidt

Conrad Veidt

Major Heinrich Strasser
Sydney Greenstreet

Sydney Greenstreet

Signor Ferrari
Joy Page

Joy Page

Annina Brandel
Curt Bois

Curt Bois

Pickpocket
Enrique Acosta

Enrique Acosta

Guest at Rick's (uncredited)
Ed Agresti

Ed Agresti

Bar Patron (uncredited)
Louis V. Arco

Louis V. Arco

Refugee at Rick's (uncredited)
Frank Arnold

Frank Arnold

Overseer (uncredited)
Leon Belasco

Leon Belasco

Dealer at Rick's (uncredited)
Nino Bellini

Nino Bellini

Gendarme (uncredited)
Oliver Blake

Oliver Blake

Waiter at the Blue Parrot (uncredited)
Monte Blue

Monte Blue

American (uncredited)
Eugene Borden

Eugene Borden

Policeman (uncredited)
Dick Botiller

Dick Botiller

Native Officer (uncredited)
Maurice Brierre

Maurice Brierre

Baccarat Dealer at Rick's (uncredited)
Sebastian Cabot

Sebastian Cabot

Bearded Man in Street Watching Plane in Flight (uncredited)
Anita Camargo

Anita Camargo

Woman Companion (uncredited)
George M. Carleton

George M. Carleton

American (uncredited)
Spencer Chan

Spencer Chan

Guest at Rick's (uncredited)
Melie Chang

Melie Chang

Oriental at Rick's (uncredited)
Tex Cooper

Tex Cooper

Commuter at Train Station (uncredited)
Gino Corrado

Gino Corrado

Waiter at Rick's (uncredited)
Franco Corsaro

Franco Corsaro

French Police Officer (uncredited)
Adrienne D'Ambricourt

Adrienne D'Ambricourt

Concierge (uncredited)
Marcel Dalio

Marcel Dalio

Emil - Croupier at Rick's (uncredited)
Helmut Dantine

Helmut Dantine

Jan Brandel (uncredited)
Jean De Briac

Jean De Briac

Orderly (uncredited)
George Dee

George Dee

Lt. Casselle (uncredited)
Jean Del Val

Jean Del Val

Police Officer (uncredited)
Carl Deloro

Carl Deloro

Arab Guest with Fez (uncredited)
Joseph DeVillard

Joseph DeVillard

Moroccan (uncredited)
Arthur Dulac

Arthur Dulac

News Vendor (uncredited)
William Edmunds

William Edmunds

Second Contact Man at Rick's (uncredited)
Herbert Evans

Herbert Evans

Englishman Questioning Casino's Honesty (uncredited)
Fred Farrell

Fred Farrell

Singing Frenchman (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer

Adolph Faylauer

Gambler at Rick's (uncredited)
O.K. Ford

O.K. Ford

Conspirator (uncredited)
Martín Garralaga

Martín Garralaga

Headwaiter at Rick's (uncredited)
Gregory Gaye

Gregory Gaye

German Banker Refused by Rick (uncredited)
Gregory Golubeff

Gregory Golubeff

Cashier at Rick's (uncredited)
Ilka Grüning

Ilka Grüning

Mrs. Leuchtag - Carl's Immigrating Friend (uncredited)
Creighton Hale

Creighton Hale

Customer (uncredited)
Winifred Harris

Winifred Harris

Englishwoman (uncredited)
Jamiel Hasson

Jamiel Hasson

Muezzini (uncredited)
Arthur Stuart Hull

Arthur Stuart Hull

Elderly Admirer (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten

Olaf Hytten

Pickpocketed Prosperous Man (uncredited)
Charles La Torre

Charles La Torre

Italian Officer Tonnelli (uncredited)
George J. Lewis

George J. Lewis

Haggling Arab Monkey Seller (uncredited)
Manuel Lopez

Manuel Lopez

Policeman (uncredited)
Jacques Lory

Jacques Lory

Moor Buying Diamonds (uncredited)
Lou Marcelle

Lou Marcelle

Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Tony Martelli

Tony Martelli

Bartender (uncredited)
George Meeker

George Meeker

Rick's Friend (uncredited)
Lal Chand Mehra

Lal Chand Mehra

Policeman (uncredited)
Hercules Mendez

Hercules Mendez

Arab Guest with Fez (uncredited)
Louis Mercier

Louis Mercier

Conspirator (uncredited)
Torben Meyer

Torben Meyer

Dutch Banker at Cafe Table (uncredited)
Alberto Morin

Alberto Morin

French Officer Insulting Yvonne (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy

Leo Mostovoy

Fydor (uncredited)
Corinna Mura

Corinna Mura

Singer with Guitar (uncredited)
Barry Norton

Barry Norton

Gambler at Rick's (uncredited)
Lotte Palfi Andor

Lotte Palfi Andor

Woman Selling Her Diamonds (uncredited)
Paul Panzer

Paul Panzer

Paul - Waiter at Rick's (uncredited)
Manuel París

Manuel París

Guest at Rick's (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard

Alexander Pollard

Croupier (uncredited)
Frank Puglia

Frank Puglia

Arab Vendor (uncredited)
Georges Renavent

Georges Renavent

Conspirator (uncredited)
Dewey Robinson

Dewey Robinson

Bouncer at Rick's (uncredited)
Richard Ryen

Richard Ryen

Col. Heinz - Strasser's Aide (uncredited)
Dan Seymour

Dan Seymour

Abdul (uncredited)
Lester Sharpe

Lester Sharpe

Refugee (uncredited)
Dina Smirnova

Dina Smirnova

Woman Customer (uncredited)
Gerald Oliver Smith

Gerald Oliver Smith

Pickpocketed Englishman (uncredited)
George Sorel

George Sorel

Native Officer (uncredited)
Geoffrey Steele

Geoffrey Steele

Customer (uncredited)
Ludwig Stössel

Ludwig Stössel

Mr. Leuchtag (uncredited)
Mike Tellegen

Mike Tellegen

Gambler (uncredited)
Rafael Trujillo

Rafael Trujillo

Man Turning Propeller at Airport (uncredited)
Jacques Vanaire

Jacques Vanaire

Frenchman (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer

Ellinor Vanderveer

Woman Gambler at Rick's Next to Croupier (uncredited)
Norma Varden

Norma Varden

Wife of Pickpocketed Englishman (uncredited)
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski

Hans Heinrich von Twardowski

German Officer with Yvonne (uncredited)
Jack Wise

Jack Wise

Waiter (uncredited)
Wolfgang Zilzer

Wolfgang Zilzer

Man with Expired Papers (uncredited)
Trude Berliner

Trude Berliner

Baccarat Player at Rick's (uncredited)
Paul Porcasi

Paul Porcasi

Native Introducing Ferrari (uncredited)
Max Linder

Max Linder

Gambler (uncredited)
Frank Mazzola

Frank Mazzola

Moroccan Boy (uncredited)
Henry Rowland

Henry Rowland

German Officer (uncredited)
Leo White

Leo White

Emile - Waiter (uncredited)
Paul Irving

Paul Irving

Prosperous Tourist (uncredited)
Brandon Beach

Brandon Beach

Guest at Rick's (uncredited)
Victor Romito

Victor Romito

Guest at Rick's (uncredited)
Michael Mark

Michael Mark

Vendor (uncredited)
Bhogwan Singh

Bhogwan Singh

Merchant (uncredited)
Jack Benny

Jack Benny

Background Customer at Rick’s (uncredited)
Finn Zirzow

Finn Zirzow

Guest at Rick's (uncredited)

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A Review by barrymost 9

Written by barrymost on 2019-10-04

"Everybody comes to Rick's," or so they say. It's the middle of WWII, and one evening a certain lady walks into Rick Blaine's popular cafe.... read more

"Everybody comes to Rick's," or so they say. It's the middle of WWII, and one evening a certain lady walks into Rick Blaine's popular cafe. As the familiar notes of "As Time Goes By" drift through the hazy atmosphere of the cafe, Rick's life begins to get really complicated. The top-notch cast is, I think, a big part of what makes this film so memorable, and much-heralded through the years. The script is truly well-written and moving. My only complaint is, how could they do something so awful as killing off Peter Lorre within the first quarter of the film? Would I recommend? Overall, yes. There's a reason people cite this as one of the best films ever made. Though there are others I like much more, it is very, very good.

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A Review by John Chard 10

Written by John Chard on 2020-03-28

You must remember this... Are my eyes really brown? Casablanca is one of those films that needs no introduction - or in truth - any mo... read more

You must remember this... Are my eyes really brown? Casablanca is one of those films that needs no introduction - or in truth - any more in-depth dissection as to its worth. Over the years it has become one of the most quoted ever pictures (sometimes wrongly), and in reality it's arguably more iconic than it is a work of art. Although a truly "A" list production for 1942, fact is nobody in and around the film expected it to be anything other than a good piece that will put bums on the seats in the theatres. Solidly received on release and riding in on the wave of the Allies inroads into North Africa, Casablanca steadily overcame the much discussed production troubles (the script was practically rewritten daily) to be where it is now, one of the most loved film's of all time. I wouldn't mention Paris, it's poor salesmanship! So what is it about Casablanca that makes it so cherished and adored by each and every generation?. I just know that each time I view it (yearly) it's like falling in love again, each viewing brings a new and emotionally driven fulfilment. Tears flow, sad ones and happy ones, an overriding feeling that romantic idealism isn't dead, to which Casablanca becomes my personal myth buster. Thematic redemption brings a joyous reward, even as our daydreams about lost chances and lost loves hangs heavy in and around Rick's Café Américain. Everything about Casablanca is right, from the flawless direction (Michael Curtiz) to the iconic music, and of course the magnificent characters that are brought to life by the incredibly tight and effective cast. It may not be the greatest film of all time, but to me, and those who let it into their lives, it's one of the best friends anyone could ever hope to have. 10/10

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A Review by Geronimo1967 8

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2022-06-26

I've just seen this on a big screen for the first time in over thirty years - no enhancements, 4K, HD - just as Michael Curtiz saw it back i... read more

I've just seen this on a big screen for the first time in over thirty years - no enhancements, 4K, HD - just as Michael Curtiz saw it back in 1942 and it's a cracking piece of cinema. "Rick Blaine" (Humphrey Bogart) runs his Casablanca café as a literal oasis in the North African desert - a refuge for all sorts fleeing the oppression of the Nazis in nearby Europe. Enter "Ilsa" (Ingrid Bergman) and her husband, a Czech resistance leader "Hector Lazlo" (Paul Henried) and we discover that "Rick" and her have a past, and when the pursuing "Maj. Strasser" (Conrad Veidt) and local police chief Claude Rains ("Capt. Renault") get involved in this cocktail of deceit and duplicity things gradually come to the boil in a wonderfully evocative, sophisticated fashion. Bogart and Bergman positively smoulder; the chemistry is electric - she, as usual, doesn't actually act - she is just herself, and that's all she needs to do. Rains is great as the conniving policeman as is Veidt delivering the rather sparse, but no less potent, dialogue perfectly. Like most of the best films, the key to this is it's (seemingly effortless) simplicity - and this one also has a wonderful musical score to complement the tensely directed, eerily shot, story augmented by an hugely talented supporting cast with the likes of Peter Lorre and the superbly sleazy Sydney Greenstreet. There was a great deal wrong and inhibiting with the "studio system" that prevailed at the time, but when it did work it could pull together an astonishing collection of people in front of, and behind the camera and create masterpieces like this.

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A Review by FilipeManuelNeto 10

Written by FilipeManuelNeto on 2022-07-26

**One of the best movies of all time.** Unlike some people, I believe that there are perfect movies. It doesn't happen easily, but they d... read more

**One of the best movies of all time.** Unlike some people, I believe that there are perfect movies. It doesn't happen easily, but they do exist, and I'm pretty sure this is one of them. A classic in its own right, which has withstood the test of time and continues to win sympathies today, it is one of the most outstanding films in American cinema, a work that goes beyond aesthetics, art and culture, and which, over the decades, became part of the collective memory, part of the universal cultural heritage. The film was made in 1942, in the midst of World War II, and its production was conditioned by severe restrictions on the use of raw materials considered important for the American war effort. So many of the sets are recycled, they were used in a number of other Warner films and adapted here. Another direct consequence that the war brought to this film is the huge amount of real refugees that made up the technical team and the extras, and who are deeply emotionally moved in that famous scene where the French anthem, sung with all their lungs, completely drowns out the chorus of German officers while singing a patriotic march. The script brings us a love story: Rick and Ilsa meet and fall in love quickly in Paris. However, after a few days, the arrival of the victorious Germans in the city forces them to flee, and makes her decide to end the romance. Years later, Rick finds himself established with a bar in the city of Casablanca, in a part of Morocco controlled by the Free France, and where many refugees drink, gamble and seek the money necessary to pay the passes and visas that the authorities demand to be able to go to Portugal, a neutral country where they can, if they wish, head to the United States. It is there that the two lovers end up meeting again, in the midst of a plot that also includes a corrupt French officer, a ruthless German officer and two stolen passes, which everyone seems to want. The cast is elegantly led by two of the biggest stars of their time: on the one hand, the heartthrob Humphrey Bogart, with his characteristic voice and pose, impeccable in one of the most complete and powerful works of his career. He knew perfectly how to give his character a pleasant dose of cynicism, self-centeredness and disenchantment. On the other hand, the beautiful and intelligent Ingrid Bergman in one of her life's works. The film also has good performances by several supporting actors, such as Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Conrad Veidt and also Paul Henreid and Claude Rains. Technically, we have great praise for the masterful direction of Michael Curtiz, who had the wisdom to give the film the pace, ambience and elegance it needed to be able to flourish and marvel. With discreet production values ​​and an effort to contain expenses, the film still never feels cheap, and there's never a moment where we can say that we didn't have money to buy a certain prop, to improve a specific set or costume. The cinematography works very well, and the filming work seems to have been impeccable, with some strategic and well-positioned zooms marking the most dramatic scenes and the juiciest dialogues. The soundtrack doesn't have very resonant themes, but it's impossible to forget “As Time Goes By” after we've seen this film.

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A Review by barrymost

"Everybody comes to Rick's," or so they say. It's the middle of WWII, and one evening a certain lady walks into Rick Blaine's popular cafe. As the familiar notes of "As Time Goes By" drift through the hazy atmosphere of the cafe, Rick's l...

reviewer avatar

A Review by barrymost 9

Written by barrymost on 2019-10-04

"Everybody comes to Rick's," or so they say. It's the middle of WWII, and one evening a certain lady walks into Rick Blaine's popular cafe. As the familiar notes of "As Time Goes By" drift through t...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by John Chard 10

Written by John Chard on 2020-03-28

You must remember this... Are my eyes really brown? Casablanca is one of those films that needs no introduction - or in truth - any more in-depth dissection as to its worth. Over the years it ha...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Geronimo1967 8

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2022-06-26

I've just seen this on a big screen for the first time in over thirty years - no enhancements, 4K, HD - just as Michael Curtiz saw it back in 1942 and it's a cracking piece of cinema. "Rick Blaine" (H...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by FilipeManuelNeto 10

Written by FilipeManuelNeto on 2022-07-26

**One of the best movies of all time.** Unlike some people, I believe that there are perfect movies. It doesn't happen easily, but they do exist, and I'm pretty sure this is one of them. A classic ...

read more