• U
  • Michael Curtiz (1942)
  • US
  • 98 min
Film Review
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5 out of 5

Like Citizen Kane and Gone with the Wind, this 1942 classic has been dissected to within an inch of its life. The reason Casablanca endures is that it's a timeless love story wrapped inside a gripping wartime thriller, written with such wit and meaning that it's still quoted (and misquoted) decades later. Humphrey Bogart gives a career-best performance as Rick, the cynical, expat nightclub owner, whose seemingly apolitical stance is rocked by the appearance of Resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) and Ilsa Lund (the luminous Ingrid Bergman). Ilsa is Rick's old flame - cue misty-eyed flashbacks of their time together in Paris and requests for Dooley Wilson to play As Time Goes By. Memorable support comes from Peter Lorre, Conrad Veidt and Claude Rains, and Max Steiner's score is superb, but the final credit must go to director Michael Curtiz, who pieces it all together with verve, symbolism and torrid emotion. It may never carry the same impact as it did for post-Pearl Harbor Americans, but it still transfixes, from the first rounding up of the "usual suspects".

Plot Summary

Classic romantic drama starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid. Rick's Café in wartime Casablanca is a watering hole for criminals, refugees, resistance fighters and Nazis. Its cynical owner, a mysterious expatriate American called Richard "Rick" Blaine, sticks his neck out for no one. No one, that is, until the arrival of the beautiful Ilsa Lund and her husband Victor Lazlo, who are desperate to escape to America.

Cast and crew


Rick Blaine
Humphrey Bogart
Ilsa Lund
Ingrid Bergman
Victor Laszlo
Paul Henreid
Louis Renault
Claude Rains
Major Strasser
Conrad Veidt
Sydney Greenstreet
Peter Lorre
S Z Sakall
Madeleine Lebeau
Dooley Wilson
Annina Brandel
Joy Page
John Qualen
Leonid Kinskey
Dark European
Curt Bois


Michael Curtiz

Other Information

Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Park Circus
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 10 Feb 2012
Certificate U