Critic Consensus: 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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as Rick Blaine
as Ilsa Lund Laszlo
as Capt. Louis Renault, Louis Renault
as Victor Laszlo
as Heinrich Strasser, Major Heinrich Strasser
as Senor Ferrari, Ferrari
as Jan Brandel
as Dark European
as Emil the Croupier, Emil
as Piosenkarz, Singer
as Mr. Leuchtag, Pan Leuchtag
as Pani Leuchtag, Mrs. Leuchtag
as Senor Martinez
as Arab Vendor
as Prosperous Man
as French Officer
as German Officer
as Refused German Banker
as Waiter at the Blue Parrot
as German Officer
as Man with Expired Papers (Shot)
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Critic Reviews for Casablanca
Where most other war-time melodramas have pinned their faith upon breakneck action, [Casablanca] derives its superb strength from the clashes and interplay of character [and] Michael Curtiz's highly disciplined handling of the suspense.
A long and lively film, bulging with acting talent and breathless with its own dramatic momentum.
While the future was uncertain, the resolute characters of this exquisite wartime drama found peace through love and resistance.
Certainly a more accomplished cast of players cannot be imagined, and their direction by Michael Curtiz is inspired.
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.
Audience Reviews for Casablanca
This undeniable classic is always charming and irresistible, even if far from perfect - the characters, for instance, do not always act consistently with their personalities. But we'll always have the love, the classic lines, the timeless scenes and that unforgettable tune.
Rick is slowly rotting away from the inside out, an ex-pat American holed up in some dusty foreign dump of a African town filled with stinking immigrants and more every day, barely holding on to his sanity, boozed through and through, as World War 2 like a feral zombie (in a Nazi uniform), is eating European civilisation away, when the woman who left him cold back in Paris shows up with her new guy in tow, the girl of his dreams. What happens next is Hollywood history and always a pleasure to watch unfold, again and again (the truest mark of a classic).
Wartime cafe owner Humphrey Bogart's life is turned upside down when the woman who broke his heart walks into his bar with her husband, a fugitive from the Nazis, looking for an escape to America. This is one of those films the phrase "they don't make 'em like that anymore" was invented for. At its core it is a propaganda film made to encourage the American public to join the fight against the Nazis, but it is far from the usual heavy handed flag waver. It skillfully interweaves the patriotic message with political intrigue, wartime heroics and romance with a script full of wit and sophistication. The cast are all pretty much faultless, but it is the uneasy friendship between Bogart and the brilliant Claude Rains which makes the film, and their cynical interplay and banter is a joy to behold. Beautifully shot with so many unforgettable lines, this film consistently features in lists of the top 10 of greatest movies ever made, and rightly so.
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