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Casablanca (1942)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Carl (as S.K. Sakall)
Yvonne (as Madeleine LeBeau)


In World War II Casablanca, Rick Blaine, exiled American and former freedom fighter, runs the most popular nightspot in town. The cynical lone wolf Blaine comes into the possession of two valuable letters of transit. When Nazi Major Strasser arrives in Casablanca, the sycophantic police Captain Renault does what he can to please him, including detaining a Czechoslovak underground leader Victor Laszlo. Much to Rick's surprise, Lazslo arrives with Ilsa, Rick's one time love. Rick is very bitter towards Ilsa, who ran out on him in Paris, but when he learns she had good reason to, they plan to run off together again using the letters of transit. Well, that was their original plan.... Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 January 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Everybody Comes to Rick's  »

Box Office


$950,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


It is never revealed why Rick cannot return to America. Julius J. Epstein later said that "My brother (Philip G. Epstein) and I tried very hard to come up with a reason why Rick couldn't return to America. But nothing seemed right. We finally decided not to give a reason at all." See more »


As Rick signs the note authorizing the payment of one thousand francs, a white bishop sudden appears on the table next to the black bishop beside the chessboard. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: With the coming of the Second World War, many eyes in imprisoned Europe turned hopefully, or desperately, toward the freedom of the Americas. Lisbon became the great embarkation point. But, not everybody could get to Lisbon directly, and so a tortuous, roundabout refugee trail sprang up - Paris to Marseilles... across the Mediterranean to Oran... then by train, or auto, or foot across the rim of Africa, to Casablanca in French Morocco. Here, the fortunate ones through money, or ...
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Das Lied der Deutschen
(1841) (uncredited)
aka "Deutschland über Alles"
Music by Joseph Haydn (1797)
Arranged by Max Steiner
Played before and after Major Strasser orders Renault to shut down Rick's
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Quite simply the greatest film in American history
31 December 1999 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

Casablanca is the consummate Hollywood film. It is superbly directed, acted, and filmed. Bogart is amazing, the characters are deep and engaging.

This is easily one of the greatest films of all time. The story is timeless and meaningful, full of heart and should endure for another fifty years with no problems. A true masterpiece and the benchmark by which all other films should be measured. If you haven't seen it, you are at a profound loss. If you have then you know the greatness of this film.

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