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The dialogue is so spare and cynical it has not grown old-fashioned. Much of the emotional effect of Casablanca is achieved by indirection; as we leave the theater, we are absolutely convinced that the only thing keeping the world from going crazy is that the problems of three little people do after all amount to more than a hill of beans.
Nobody ever gathered together a sharper, more pungent international Golden Age cast (including Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Paul Henreid, Conrad Veidt, S.Z. Sakall, Marcel Dalio, Leonid Kinskey, John Qualen and Curt Bois) in a more imperishable exotic movieland cabaret (Rick's) than Warner Bros. producer Hal Wallis and director Michael Curtiz did in this greatest of all Hollywood World War II adventure romances.
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- Humphrey Bogart
- Ingrid Bergman
- Paul Henreid
- Claude Rains
- Conrad Veidt
- Sydney Greenstreet
- Peter Lorre
- S.Z. Sakall
- Madeleine Lebeau
- Dooley Wilson
Did You Know?
- Howard Hawks had said in interviews that he was supposed to direct this film and Michael Curtiz was supposed to direct Sergeant York (1941). The directors had lunch together, and Hawks said he didn't know how to make this "musical comedy", while Curtiz didn't know anything about "those hill people." They switched projects. Hawks struggled with how to direct the scenes that involved singing, namely the "La Marseillaise" scene. It is ironic to note that most of his other films involved at least one singing scene.
- When Victor and Ilsa first go to the Blue Parrot in search of exit visas, the parrot sitting outside is clearly a different bird than the one sitting outside later in the film when Rick comes to see Ferrari.
- Mr. Leuchtag: Come sit down. Have a brandy with us.
- Carl: To America!
- Mr. Leuchtag: Liebchen - sweetness heart, what watch?
- Mrs. Leuchtag: Ten watch.
- Mr. Leuchtag: Such much?
- Carl: Hm. You will get along beautiful in America, mm-hmm.
- Mrs. Leuchtag: To celebrate our leaving for America tomorrow.
- Carl: Oh, thank you very much. I thought you would ask me, so I brought the good brandy. And - a third glass!
- Mrs. Leuchtag: At last the day is came!
- Mr. Leuchtag: Mareichtag and I are speaking nothing but English now.
- Mrs. Leuchtag: So we should feel at home when we get to America.
- Carl: Very nice idea, mm-hmm.
- Mr. Leuchtag: To America!
- Mrs. Leuchtag: To America!