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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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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)  »

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Everybody Comes to Rick's  »

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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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During the flashback, Rick and Ilsa hear artillery fire and Rick says, "it's Germany's new 77" which was incorrect as the Germans didn't use the 77 in World War II. In the German version, Rick calls it the "Achtkommaacht" (the notorious German WW2 8.8 cm gun). While "Achtkommaacht" would translate technically correct to the gun caliber "eight point eight", the gun was commonly referred to only as the "Achtacht" or "eight-eight". See more »

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From the fall of Metropolitan France in June 1940 until Operation Torch (the Allied invasion of North Africa) in 1942 was less than two years. During that time French colonies in Africa were ruled by the Vichy government until each one was either occupied by Free French forces or were conquered by the Allies.

The Nazis never played more than minor role in French North Africa (except for Tunisia and even that was relatively limited during late 1942 to mid 1943) at any time during WWII and certainly did not run Morocco, much less Casablanca, 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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Referenced in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

As Time Goes By
(1931) (uncredited)
Written by Herman Hupfeld
Performed by Dooley Wilson (piano dubbed by Jean Vincent Plummer )
Variations played often in the score
(originally from the 1932 Broadway show "Everybody's Welcome")
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As time goes by, it's still one of the all-time greats...
17 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

While my personal Bogey favorite is still his Sam Spade in 'The Maltese Falcon', his cynical nightclub owner, Rick, in 'Casablanca', is also a standout. Rather than some "off the cuff" comments, I'll quote instead from my article on Claude Rains (from March 2000 issue of CLASSIC IMAGES) that pretty well sums up the film:

"It was 1943's 'Casablanca', bustling with melodramatic wartime intrigue, that really put him (Claude Rains) in the forefront as one of the screen's smoothest character actors, almost--but not quite--stealing the film from Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, as the uniformed Captain Louis Renault who investigates the goings-on at Rick's notorious cafe.

Nobody associated with the film guessed that it would become a screen classic, least of all its director, Michael Curtiz, the prolific WB director to whom it was just another assignment. It went on to win the Oscar for Best Film of 1943 with an award for Curtiz' taut direction.

Oddly enough, the film's memorable airport ending was written and conceived just shortly before filming wrapped up, with neither Bergman nor Bogart knowing whether or not she would leave him for husband Paul Henried. Wartime audiences loved the film. Sydney Greenstreet, Conrad Veidt, Victor Francen and Peter Lorre all gave sterling performances and Rains was again nominated for Best Supporting actor."

And by the way, I disagree with a former comment indicating the black and white photography of this film was primitive as compared to today's. Incredible nonsense!! As a matter of fact, the film's black and white cinematography was nominated for an Oscar!

Ingrid Bergman was at the peak of her radiant beauty in this one--and Bogey was firing on all six cylinders. Great chemistry!

As time goes by, we still have 'Casablanca'...


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