- Humphrey Bogart (Rick) to Ingrid Bergman (Ilsa) at least three times during the course of the film
"Only one answer can take care of all our questions."
- Ilsa just before kissing Rick
"But of course, that was the day the Germans marched into Paris." "Not an easy day to forget. I remember every detail--the Germans wore gray, you wore blue."
- Interchange between Rick and Ilsa at his cafe after seeing each other for the first time in years
"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."
- Rick about Ilsa
"Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
"Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By.'"
"Round up the usual suspects."
"We'll always have Paris."
Academy Awards 1943 -
Best Adapted Screenplay: Howard Koch & Julius J. Epstein
Academy Awards 1943 -
Best Director: Michael Curtiz
Academy Awards 1943 -
Academy Awards 1942 -
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award: Hal B. Wallis
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/15/1996
"...Absolutely sound, rock-solid in its use of Hollywood studio craftsmanship....The black-and-white cinematography has not aged as color would. The dialogue is so spare and cynical it has not grown old-fashioned..."
Entertainment Weekly - 08/08/2003
"...One of the most perfect Hollywood movies ever made..."
Total Film - 07/01/2000
"Possibly the most famous film ever made, CASABLANCA has everything..."
Premiere - 12/01/2003
"...Here Humphrey Bogart transformed himself into a romantic hero..."
Sight and Sound - 03/01/2004
"Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart provide the chemistry that sets this apart from countless other tales of doomed wartime love affairs."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Casablanca: easy to enter, but much harder to leave, especially if your name is on the Nazis' most-wanted list. Atop that list is Czech Resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), whose only hope is Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a cynical American who sticks his neck out for no one, especially Victor's wife Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), the ex-lover who broke his heart. So when Ilsa offers herself in exchange for Laszlo's safe transport out of the country, the bitter Rick must decide what's more important - his own happiness or the countless lives that hang in the balance. Winner of three Academy Awards including Best Picture, Casablanca is "America's most popular and beloved movie - and rightly so" (The Motion Picture Guide)!
World War II Morocco springs to life in Michael Curtiz's (THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, YANKEE DOODLE DANDY) classic love story. Colorful characters abound in Casablanca, a waiting room for Europeans trying to escape Hitler's war-torn Europe. Humphrey Bogart plays Richard "Rick" Blaine, a cynical but good-hearted American whose café is the gathering place for everyone from the French Police to the black market to the Nazis. When his long-lost love, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), surfaces in Casablanca with her Resistance leader husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), Rick is pulled into both a love triangle and a web of political intrigue. Ilsa and Victor need to escape from Casablanca, and Rick may be the only one who can help them. The question is, will he'
Top-notch performances include Claude Rains as the chief of the French police and the major authority figure in Unoccupied France, Peter Lorre as the doomed Senor Ugarte, Sydney Greenstreet as Senor Ferrari, and Dooley Wilson as Rick's loyal friend and the café's pianist, Sam. The mesmerizing musical score, by Max Steiner, along with the well-structured plot, flawless acting, and unforgettable dialogue makes this one of the best films of all time.
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Love Story |
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World War II
CASABLANCA was an original selection to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1989.
"As Time Goes By," the song that became this film's anthem, not to mention theme song, was originally written for the Broadway musical EVERYBODY'S WELCOME, which opened on October 13, 1931 and ran for 139 performances. The composer, Herman Hupfeld, was also known for the song "When Yuba Plays the Rumba on the Tuba."
The film's producer, Hal B. Wallis, was awarded the Academy's Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1943.
In his 1995 memoir MY AMERICAN JOURNEY, General Colin Powell lists CASABLANCA as one of his favorite films.
Additional credits: Hugh MacMullan (dialogue director), Robert Aisner (technical adviser).