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Casablanca (1942)

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A cynical nightclub owner protects an old flame and her husband from Nazis in Morocco.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Rick Blaine
... Ilsa Lund
... Victor Laszlo
... Captain Louis Renault
... Major Heinrich Strasser
... Signor Ferrari
... Ugarte
... Carl (as S.K. Sakall)
... Yvonne (as Madeleine LeBeau)
... Sam
... Annina Brandel
... Berger
... Sascha
... Pickpocket
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Storyline

The story of Rick Blaine, a cynical world-weary ex-patriate who runs a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco during the early stages of WWII. Despite the pressure he constantly receives from the local authorities, Rick's cafe has become a kind of haven for refugees seeking to obtain illicit letters that will help them escape to America. But when Ilsa, a former lover of Rick's, and her husband, show up to his cafe one day, Rick faces a tough challenge which will bring up unforeseen complications, heartbreak and ultimately an excruciating decision to make. Written by Kyle Perez

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They had a date with fate in Casablanca! See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Rated PG for mild violence | See all certifications »

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23 January 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Everybody Comes to Rick's  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$950,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$181,494, 12 April 1992, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,024,560, 16 November 2017
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In 1973 a Warner Bros. executive approached François Truffaut about directing a remake. He refused, noting that it "[isn't] my favorite Humphrey Bogart film, and I rate it much lower than The Big Sleep (1946) or To Have and Have Not (1944) . . . [but] I know American students adore this film, especially the dialogue, and they know every line by heart. I would be equally intimidated by the actors; I can't imagine Jean-Paul Belmondo and Catherine Deneuve succeeding Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman." See more »

Goofs

While Ugarte is pleading with Rick for help, Ugarte holds a gun in his right hand. Moments later as Ugarte is being wrestled by French police, his right hand is suddenly empty. See more »

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[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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Connections

Referenced in The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

The Very Thought of You
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Ray Noble
Played when Ferrari offers to buy Rick's and when Rick sends Yvonne home
Also played when Sascha kisses Rick after Rick's good deed
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HOW TO WATCH THIS MOVIE
23 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

There are literally hundreds of comments about this movie on IMDB. Many of them exhort its greatness. I don't disagree with them.

But I'd like to add a suggestion to those of you out there who haven't seen this film. I'd like to tell you HOW to watch it.

The people who made this movie didn't think they were producing a masterpiece. Bergman left the shoot disgusted. The screenwriters were on salary for Warners, writing half a dozen movies a year, and this was just one more. Bogie was punching the clock in the middle of a workhorse career.

So as an audience member, you can't sit down expecting gilded greatness.

Don't have a Casablaca party. Don't watch it on your first date, hoping it will lend that "Romantic Touch." Don't watch it as part of your "I need to watch the Best 10 movies of all time" Film School project.

Buy this movie on DVD. Have it at the ready. And then, one Friday night, when your plans fall through and you find it's 10:30pm and there's nothing on TV that's any good, open a six pack of beer, or pour yourself some wine, and watch this movie in a darkened room.

The characters in Casablanca are absolutely devoid of sentimentalism. Every one of them sees the world without a hint of rose color in their lenses. As Rick says, "Three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this big old world." If you're in a mood where you understand what he's saying, watch this movie and it will transport you.

There is no single movie that deserves to be called the best movie of all time. Because movies, when all is said and done, don't amount to a hill of beans. They are meant to entertain us, not for us to worship THEM.

But no movie has ever known this fact like Casablanca.

If you watch Casablance this way, with no expectations, with no "hype," you might catch 10 percent of its greatness on one viewing. And that will be enough to start you on your way.

Happy viewing, kid.


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