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An undisputed masterpiece and perhaps Hollywood's quintessential statement on love and romance, Casablanca has only improved with age, boasting career-defining performances from Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.



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One of the most beloved American films, this captivating wartime adventure of romance and intrigue from director Michael Curtiz defies standard categorization. Simply put, it is the story of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a world-weary ex-freedom fighter who runs a nightclub in Casablanca during the early part of WWII. Despite pressure from the local authorities, notably the crafty Capt. Renault (Claude Rains), Rick's café (C) has become a haven for refugees looking to purchase illicit letters of transit which will allow them to escape to America. One day, to Rick's great surprise, he is approached by the famed rebel Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) and his wife, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), Rick's true love who deserted him when the Nazis invaded Paris. She still wants Victor to escape to America, but now that she's renewed her love for Rick, she wants to stay behind in Casablanca. "You must do the thinking for both of us," she says to Rick. He does, and his plan brings the story to its satisfyingly logical, if not entirely happy, conclusion. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

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Humphrey Bogart
as Rick Blaine
Ingrid Bergman
as Ilsa Lund Laszlo
Claude Rains
as Capt. Louis Renault
Paul Henreid
as Victor Laszlo
Conrad Veidt
as Major Heinrich Strasser
Sydney Greenstreet
as Senor Ferrari
Helmut Dantine
as Jan Brandel
Joy Page
as Annina
Curt Bois
as Dark European
Marcel Dalio
as Emil the Croupier
Ludwig Stossel
as Mr. Leuchtag
Ilka Gruning
as Mrs. Leuchtag
Charles La Torre
as Senor Martinez
Frank Puglia
as Arab Vendor
George Dee
as Casselle
Norma Varden
as Englishwoman
Martin Garralaga
as Headwaiter
Olaf Hytten
as Prosperous Man
Monte Blue
as American
Alberto Morin
as French Officer
Henry Rowland
as German Officer
Louis Mercier
as Smuggler
Gregory Gaye
as Refused German Banker
Oliver Blake
as Waiter at the Blue Parrot
Lou Marcelle
as Narrator
Mischa Auer
as Bartender
Wolfgang Zilzer
as Man with Expired Papers (Shot)
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Critic Reviews for Casablanca

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (80) | Rotten (2)

  • A long and lively film, bulging with acting talent and breathless with its own dramatic momentum.

    Jan 15, 2018 | Full Review…

    Alan Dent

    Top Critic
  • While the future was uncertain, the resolute characters of this exquisite wartime drama found peace through love and resistance.

    Dec 28, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Certainly a more accomplished cast of players cannot be imagined, and their direction by Michael Curtiz is inspired.

    Oct 3, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Curtiz's film is a classic for a reason -- it's crafted with the precision, detail and beauty of a Fabergé egg; the dialogue is hauntingly memorable and, in Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, it has one of the most magnetic screen pairings in history.

    Feb 22, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • An entertaining adventure story played against the colorful background of the cosmopolitan city that has become an important stop on the timetable of the European refugee.

    Feb 17, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Nobody lights a torch like Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa or carries one like Humphrey Bogart's Rick.

    Feb 26, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Casablanca

  • Nov 29, 2017
    There's not really much one can add all of the comments about this film, a masterpiece that is truly deserving of being in the list of top movies of all time. The story is perfectly crafted, intersecting a love triangle with the crushing pressures of wartime, and It's perfectly told by Director Michael Curtiz, with a flashback, a few surprises, and not a single wasted shot. Most importantly, the film captures the feeling of those huge moments in life that we'll always remember, where everything in one's life pivots, as well as the pain of love lost. Bogart holding that note in the rain, the ink beginning to run down as he's urged to get on the train, is later mirrored by him watching the plane disappear into the fog, the signal light reducing to a pinprick, and both moments are incredibly poignant. The cast is also outstanding - Bogart and Bergman of course, but also almost all of the supporting characters. Claude Rains as the Vichy French captain whose loyalties sway in the wind is my personal favorite. In a sweeping story that could have easily been cloying or corny, there is great realism in characters who are morally ambivalent (Rains, Lorre, and Bogart himself) put next to those who are willing to sacrifice themselves for a good cause, and those bent on taking over the world. There are many wonderful scenes, and not just those between Bogart and Bergman. Paul Henreid is great with Bergman too, and the scene where he leads the French ex-pats in singing 'La Marseillaise' to drown out the German officers singing their own patriotic is rousing. And let's not forget Dooley Wilson, who is so smooth, singing among other things the iconic "As Time Goes By". This film is romantic, gritty, stoic, larger than life, and epic - and one that I never get tired of seeing.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 09, 2015
    Casablanca is simply sublime.
    Paris S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 19, 2014
    In every way, this is why film has become the success it has. Classic in every sense of the word. Bogart's performance is the icing on this most delicious of cakes.
    Joshua H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2013
    "Casablanca" is a tight movie. Craftsmanship is the name of the game, and with every line, look, and movement contributing to its story, not a moment of what you see on screen is wasted. Fully realized locations, legendary performers at the top of their game, and a story that sneaks up on you with how powerful it suddenly becomes -- yes, "Casablanca" deserves the place it has made itself at the top of all-time lists. Even today it's more entertaining and emotionally resonant than many current films. That it is from 1942 and yet remains so relevant today is simply mind-blowing.
    Sam B Super Reviewer

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