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Casablanca (1942)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  23 January 1943 (USA)
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Set in Casablanca, Morocco during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.



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Complete credited cast:
Carl (as S.K. Sakall)
Madeleine Lebeau ...
Yvonne (as Madeleine LeBeau)
Leonid Kinskey ...
Curt Bois ...


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

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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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"Rick's Café Américain" was modeled after Hotel El Minzah in Tangiers. See more »


When Rick gets on the train after standing in the rain, his coat is completely dry. 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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Referenced in Private Practice: Georgia on My Mind (2012) See more »


You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Yvonne walks into Rick's with the German officer
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"I should never have switched from scotch to martinis."
6 December 2006 | by (Manhattan) – See all my reviews

The Petrified Forest convinced the world Bogart was a bad guy. And for years he shocked and awed the audience with roles fitting that image. The Maltese Falcon showed a new kind hero, one with an edge. Bogart, with all the right things to say and seemingly never losing his cool. Then came Casablanca and the ages. The man's – man comes with a heart. Arguably, three of his best pictures. All showing a change in a man's character and the depths of what acting is supposed to be. Maybe it was Warner Bros all along. Maybe Bogart was simply Bogart.

What can I say about this film that hasn't been said in over 60 years since its release. Is it a great film? Yes. Is it a showcase for Bogart? If not, than what else. Was Bogart the coolest guy to ever live? Absolutely. Casablanca is a different kind of love story, more likely to infect rather than effect.

She almost makes me believe it every time. When she says, "You're very kind." Bergman was more than just beautiful. And with Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt and Peter Lorre, cinema magic was created. But to me, Bogart was the greatest actor of all time. It's hard for me to believe he died almost 50 years ago. Every time I watch his films, it's like they were made yesterday. And that's why he is timeless. I'm still trying to figure him out.

"I should never have switched from scotch to martinis." Is said to be Bogart's last words. A legend, indeed.

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