Casablanca (1942)

Director: Michael Curtiz

Writers: Julius J. Epstein and Philip J. Epstein and Howard Koch, based on the play by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison

Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, S.Z. Sakall

A disillusioned nightclub owner in WWII Casablanca (Humphrey Bogart) finds himself faced with a personal crisis when the woman with whom he had a passionate love affair in pre-Occupation Paris (Ingrid Bergman) shows up with her husband, a French Resistance leader who is on the run from the Nazis (Paul Henreid). 

He is placed in the position of choosing between doing what is best for himself or for the world at large. 

I think everybody knows his decision since this film features the most famous good-bye scene of any movie. 

After all these years, this film remains fresh.


The dialogue crackles and the cast is among the best ever assembled.


Rightly regarded as a great American film.


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