American night club owner runs
into his old sweetheart and her
husband and has to decide whether
to help them escape from the
It is World War II,
Rick Blaine (HUMPHREY BOGART),
runs the most popular nightspot
in Casablanca. All kinds of
people have come to French
Morocco to escape the Germans and
try to get a plane ride to the
new world, but without official
papers they are stuck in
Two German agents
are killed in the desert and
their letters of transit stolen.
Police Captain Renault (CLAUDE
RAINS) has the usual suspects
rounded up for investigating.
That evening a local
thief, Ugarte (PETER LORRE) asks
Rick to hold some papers for him.
Rick reluctantly agrees.
Strasser(CONRAD VEIDT) arrives in
town and Captain Renault assures
him he will arrest the killer of
the German agents in Rick's night
Also arriving in
Casablanca is Czech resistance
leader Victor Lazlo (PAUL
HENREID). Much to Rick's
surprise, Lazlo arrives with his
wife Ilsa (INGRID BERGMAN),
Rick's one time love. Rick is
very bitter towards Ilsa, who ran
out on him in Paris.
attempt to arrest Ugarte for the
German agents' murder, but he
shoots it out with them and is
Lazlo comes to Rick
asking for his help in obtaining
letters of transit. Rick says he
doesn't have them. Ilsa shows up
later, also asking for the
papers. Rick asks her why she
left him in Paris. Ilsa tells him
that she thought her husband
Victor was dead when she fell in
love with Rick. Then when they
were to leave Paris together, she
got news of Victor still being
alive and she went to him.
Rick devises a plan
that he shares with Captain
Renault that he will give him
Lazlo trying to escape and Rick
will leave with Ilsa on the
plane. Renault agrees.
They arrive at the
airport and Rick changes his
plans. He tells Renault to fill
in the letters of transit with
Victor and Ilsa Lazlo's names. To
insure his compliance, Rick holds
a gun on Renault.
Major Strasser shows
up and tries to stop the plane.
Rick shoots him. Other police
show up and Renault tells them to
round up the usual suspects. The
plane takes off with Victor and
Rick and Captain
Renault walk away into the foggy
EVERYONE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT:
Some of the best
lines ever in a movie:
"Louie, I think this is the
beginning of a beautiful
looking at you, kid,"
"Of all the gin joints in
all the towns in all the world,
she walks into mine."
The movie's budget was so small
they couldn't use a real plane in
the background at the airport.
Instead, it is a small cardboard
cutout. To give the illusion that
the plane was full-sized, they
used midgets to portray the crew
preparing the plane for take-off.
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