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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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Did You Know?


The second unit montages, such as the opening sequence of the refugee trail and the invasion of France, were directed by Don Siegel. See more »


There is a French tricolor with crescent and star in the middle waving over the Police offices at the beginning of the film. Such flag was never used in Morocco. During the time of the French Protectorate the flag of Morocco was the same as today, red with a green pentagram in the middle. The civil ensign used between 1923 and 1956 added a small French tricolor in the canton but never a crescent and star. See more »


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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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Piano Improvisation
Music by Frank Perkins
Performed by Dooley Wilson after trying to talk Rick into leaving (piano dubbed by Elliot Carpenter)
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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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