A cynical expatriate American cafe owner struggles to decide whether or not to help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape the Nazis in French Morocco.


Michael Curtiz


Julius J. Epstein (screenplay), Philip G. Epstein (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
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


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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HUMPHREY BOGART...INGRID BERGMAN...PAUL HENREID...ALL TOGETHER IN THE CITY THAT ROCKED THE WORLD! (print ad - Lubbock Avalanche Journal - Lindsey Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - March 14, 1943 - all caps) See more »


Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The street used for the exterior shots had recently been built for another film, The Desert Song (1943), and redressed for the Paris flashbacks. It remained on the Warner back lot until the 1960s. See more »


When the German plane approaches the airport the camera pans across a large group of refugees with their passports lined up outside the Police Headquarters. The camera moves close to the crowd, revealing the individual persons. A shadow moves across the wall behind them, which is most likely the camera crane. 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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Alternate Versions

In the Italian version, the sequence where the Italian Officer Tonnelli meets Strasser is cut. See more »


Referenced in Blankety Blank: Episode #8.2 (1985) See more »


Piano Improvisation
Music by Frank Perkins
Performed by Dooley Wilson after trying to talk Rick into leaving (piano dubbed by Jean Vincent Plummer)
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I think this is a start of a great friendship...
8 June 2019 | by namannavineetSee all my reviews

I think Casablanca will start a great friendship between me and the classic movies!!! Casablanca, an amazing story on friendship love and patriotism is one of the best movies I've seen. Magnificent as always , Humphrey Bogart played Rick a saloon owner in Casablanca , an unoccupied region in France during the WW2. His ex lover Ilsa now wife to Victor Lazlo an escaped prisoner of the Nazis come to the saloon owned by Rick in fortuity. With no other choice but to seek help from her ex lover Ilsa tries to persuade Rick to help Victor escape the german to America. I was infatuated by the performance of Ingrid Bergman who plays Ilsa. She was an absolute peach with her amazing yet painful dialogues. Casablanca will always be a monumental work in the history of the cinemas.

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Release Date:

23 January 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Everybody Comes to Rick's See more »


Box Office


$950,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$181,494, 12 April 1992

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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