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Director:
Writers:
Julius J. Epstein (screenplay) and
Philip G. Epstein (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
23 January 1943 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
They had a date with fate in Casablanca! See more »
Plot:
Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Humphrey Bogart ... Rick Blaine

Ingrid Bergman ... Ilsa Lund

Paul Henreid ... Victor Laszlo

Claude Rains ... Captain Louis Renault

Conrad Veidt ... Major Heinrich Strasser

Sydney Greenstreet ... Signor Ferrari

Peter Lorre ... Ugarte

S.Z. Sakall ... Carl (as S.K. Sakall)
Madeleine Lebeau ... Yvonne (as Madeleine LeBeau)

Dooley Wilson ... Sam

Joy Page ... Annina Brandel

John Qualen ... Berger
Leonid Kinskey ... Sascha
Curt Bois ... Pickpocket
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Enrique Acosta ... Guest at Rick's (uncredited)
Ed Agresti ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Louis V. Arco ... Refugee at Rick's (uncredited)
Frank Arnold ... Overseer (uncredited)
Leon Belasco ... Dealer at Rick's (uncredited)
Nino Bellini ... Gendarme (uncredited)
Trude Berliner ... Baccarat Player at Rick's (uncredited)

Oliver Blake ... Waiter at the Blue Parrot (uncredited)
Monte Blue ... American (uncredited)
Eugene Borden ... Policeman (uncredited)
Dick Botiller ... Native Officer (uncredited)
Maurice Brierre ... Baccarat Dealer at Rick's (uncredited)
Anita Camargo ... Woman Companion (uncredited)
George M. Carleton ... American (uncredited)
Spencer Chan ... Guest at Rick's (uncredited)
Melie Chang ... Oriental at Rick's (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Waiter at Rick's (uncredited)
Franco Corsaro ... French Police Officer (uncredited)
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ... Concierge (uncredited)

Marcel Dalio ... Emil - Croupier at Rick's (uncredited)
Helmut Dantine ... Jan Brandel (uncredited)
Jean De Briac ... Orderly (uncredited)
George Dee ... Lt. Casselle (uncredited)
Jean Del Val ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Carl Deloro ... Arab Guest with Fez (uncredited)
Joseph DeVillard ... Moroccan (uncredited)
Arthur Dulac ... News Vendor (uncredited)
William Edmunds ... Second Contact Man at Rick's (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Englishman Questioning Casino's Honesty (uncredited)
Fred Farrell ... Singing Frenchman (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... Gambler at Rick's (uncredited)
O.K. Ford ... Conspirator (uncredited)
Martin Garralaga ... Headwaiter at Rick's (uncredited)
Gregory Gaye ... German Banker Refused by Rick (uncredited)
Gregory Golubeff ... Cashier at Rick's (uncredited)
Ilka Grüning ... Mrs. Leuchtag - Carl's Immigrating Friend (uncredited)
Creighton Hale ... Customer (uncredited)
Winifred Harris ... Englishwoman (uncredited)
Jamiel Hasson ... Muezzini (uncredited)
Arthur Stuart Hull ... Elderly Admirer (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Pickpocketed Prosperous Man (uncredited)
Paul Irving ... Prosperous Tourist (uncredited)
Charles La Torre ... Italian Officer Tonnelli (uncredited)
George J. Lewis ... Haggling Arab Monkey Seller (uncredited)
Max Linder ... Elegant Gambler (uncredited)
Manuel Lopez ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jacques Lory ... Moor Buying Diamonds (uncredited)
Lou Marcelle ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Vendor (uncredited)
Tony Martelli ... Bartender (uncredited)
George Meeker ... Rick's Friend (uncredited)
Lal Chand Mehra ... Policeman (uncredited)
Hercules Mendez ... Arab Guest with Fez (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... Conspirator (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Dutch Banker at Cafe Table (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... French Officer Insulting Yvonne (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ... Fydor (uncredited)
Corinna Mura ... Singer with Guitar (uncredited)
Barry Norton ... Gambler at Rick's (uncredited)
Lotte Palfi Andor ... Woman Selling Her Diamonds (uncredited)
Paul Panzer ... Paul - Waiter at Rick's (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Guest at Rick's (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard ... Croupier (uncredited)
Paul Porcasi ... Native Introducing Ferrari (uncredited)
Frank Puglia ... Arab Vendor (uncredited)
Georges Renavent ... Conspirator (uncredited)
Dewey Robinson ... Bouncer at Rick's (uncredited)
Henry Rowland ... German Officer (uncredited)

Richard Ryen ... Col. Heinz - Strasser's Aide (uncredited)
Dan Seymour ... Abdul (uncredited)
Lester Sharpe ... Refugee (uncredited)
Dina Smirnova ... Woman Customer (uncredited)
Gerald Oliver Smith ... Pickpocketed Englishman (uncredited)
George Sorel ... Native Officer (uncredited)
Geoffrey Steele ... Customer (uncredited)
Ludwig Stössel ... Mr. Leuchtag (uncredited)
Mike Tellegen ... Gambler (uncredited)
Rafael Trujillo ... Man Turning Propeller at Airport (uncredited)
Jacques Vanaire ... Frenchman (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ... Woman Gambler at Rick's Next to Croupier (uncredited)

Norma Varden ... Wife of Pickpocketed Englishman (uncredited)
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski ... German Officer with Yvonne (uncredited)
Leo White ... Emile - Waiter (uncredited)
Jack Wise ... Waiter (uncredited)
Wolfgang Zilzer ... Man with Expired Papers (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Curtiz 
 
Writing credits
Julius J. Epstein (screenplay) and
Philip G. Epstein (screenplay) and
Howard Koch (screenplay)

Murray Burnett (play) and
Joan Alison (play)

Casey Robinson  uncredited

Produced by
Hal B. Wallis .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Edeson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Owen Marks 
 
Art Direction by
Carl Jules Weyl 
 
Set Decoration by
George James Hopkins (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Al Alleborn .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lee Katz .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Harper Goff .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Francis J. Scheid .... sound
Edward Ullman .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Lawrence W. Butler .... special effects director (as Lawrence Butler)
Willard Van Enger .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Chris Crowell .... digital compositor (restored version) (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Joyce .... camera operator (uncredited)
Wally Meinardus .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anthony Gasbarri .... tailor: Mr. Bogart's tuxedo (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestral arrangements
M.K. Jerome .... songs by
Jack Scholl .... songs by
Elliot Carpenter .... musician: piano, dubbed Dooley Wilson's playing (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Aisner .... technical advisor
James Leicester .... montages
Hugh MacMullan .... dialogue director
Don Siegel .... montages
Bob Williams .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)
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Additional Details

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MPAA:
Rated PG for mild violence
Runtime:
102 min | West Germany:82 min (cut version)
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Denmark:A | Finland:S | Germany:6 | Iceland:L | Japan:G (2009) | Netherlands:AL | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:11 (re-rating) (2002) | Norway:10 (re-rating) (1992) | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 (cut) (orginal rating) | Sweden:7 (re-release) | Sweden:15 (uncut) (1957) | UK:U | UK:U (re-release) (2006) | USA:PG | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #8457) (original rating)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the 1980s, this film's script was sent to readers at a number of major studios and production companies under its original title, "Everybody Comes to Rick's". Some readers recognized the script but most did not. Many complained that the script was "not good enough" to make a decent movie. Others gave such complaints as "too dated", "too much dialog" and "not enough sex".See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Rick tells Louis to make out the transit papers in the name "Mr. and Mrs. Victor Lazlo", Ilsa moves toward Rick with her mouth moving. She is obviously saying, "Why my name?" which is the line she delivers in the next shot.See more »
Quotes:
[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...
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Inside 'The Living Daylights' (2000) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Knock on WoodSee more »

FAQ

Was Ronald Reagan originally cast as Rick?
What exactly are "letters of transit"?
Is the character Victor Laszlo's name MIS-pronounced?
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374 out of 443 people found the following review useful.
We'll Always Have Casablanca, 29 March 2004
Author: RWiggum from Erlangen, Germany

Spoilers ahead, but then again, who isn't familiar with Casablanca, even if one hasn't seen it?

I've been watching 'Casablanca' over and over again since I bought the Special Edition DVD, and is there any film out there one can watch again and again without ever being tired of it? And does any film appeal to a broader audience? Just everything about it seems to be as close to perfection as it only can be.

But what exactly is so special about it? Is it its great genre mix, never equaled by another film? When we think of 'Casablanca' first, we remember it as a romantic film (well, most of us do). But then again, its also a drama involving terror, murder and flight. One can call it a character study, centering on Rick. And there are quite a few moments of comedic delight, just think of the pickpocket ("This place is full of vultures, vultures everywhere!") or the elderly couple on the last evening before their emigration to the US ("What watch?").

But 'Casablanca' is not only great as a whole, it still stands on top if we break it apart and look at single lines of dialog, scenes or performances alone. Is there any other film which has more quotable dialog than 'Casablanca'? 'Pulp Fiction' is on my mind here, and 'All About Eve' and 'Sunset Blvd.' come close, too, but still I think 'Casablanca' tops everything else. And not only is the dialog great, it's unforgettably delivered, especially by Humphrey Bogart ("I was misinformed.") and Claude Rains ("I am shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on here"). Many of scenes have become a part of film history; the duel of 'Die Wacht am Rhein' and 'La Marseillaise' is probably one of the greatest scenes ever shot (the only I can think of that would rival it for the #1 spot is Hynkel and the globe from Chaplin's 'The Great Dictator'), and the last scene is probably even familiar to the few people who've never seen 'Casablanca'. Am I the only one who is absolutely convinced that the film wouldn't have become what it is today if Rick and Ilsa would have ended up as the lucky couple?

About the performances: So much has been said about the uniqueness of Humphrey Bogart's and Ingrid Bergman's chemistry as Rick and Ilsa, about Claude Rains' terrific turn as Renault, about the scene-stealing performances by Peter Lorre (one of the 10 all-time greatest actors) as Ugarte and Sydney Greenstreet as Ferrari and about Dooley Wilson stopping the show as Sam. I'd love to emphasize here two other performances, one that is not mentioned quite as often and one which is blatantly overlooked: Conrad Veidt as Major Strasser had a really difficult task here, as his character is the only evil one, but still Strasser is not a one-dimensional character, and it took more than 50 years until another actor gave an equally (maybe even more) impressive performance as a Nazi, Ralph Fiennes in 'Schindler's List'. But why no one ever mentions S. K. Sakall, who plays Carl, the jolly waiter at Rick's Café Américain, is beyond me. He has definitely more screen time than Lorre, Greenstreet and Wilson, and probably about as much as Veidt, and he's a joy whenever he's on the screen. I simply love his reaction when the pickpocket ("Vultures everywhere!") accidentally bumps into him, or the reaction to the "What watch"-dialog. Or how he says he gave Strasser the best table, "being a German, he would have taken it anyway". His performance is simply criminally overlooked.

So is there a weakest link in 'Casablanca'? Every film, no matter how close to perfection, has a minor flaw or two, so one can find them in 'Casablanca', too, if one really tries hard. So yes, one might ask how much sense the entire mumbo jumbo about the letters of transit makes. One might point out that Paul Henreid, although his performance is certainly good, doesn't come close to the greatness of any of his co-stars. However, the film is so close to perfection that I'm almost ashamed that I'm so desperately trying to find less-than-perfect elements.

So whatever films will come, how many sequels will overflow the screen, and how much junk we will have to sit through, one thing is certain if we're desperate to see a great film: We'll always have Casablanca!

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