Casablanca is a 1942 American drama film distributed by Warner Bros. It was directed by Michael Curtiz and starred Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Sidney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Dooley Wilson. It was written by Julius Epstein, Philip Epstein, and Howard Koch, based on a play by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison. It is generally considered to be one of the greatest movies ever made.
Set in the early days of World War II, the plot is centered around Rick Blaine, a cynical ex-patriot American who owns a cafe/nightclub in Nazi-occupied Morocco. Rick's life becomes complicated when his former lover arrives in Casablanca with her new husband, a key member of the European resistance.
The film contains many memorable, often-repeated lines, including:
- "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."
- "Round up the usual suspects."
- "I'm shocked! Shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!"
- "If that plane leaves the ground and you're not with him, you'll regret it. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of your life."
- "Here's looking at you, kid."
- "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
- Additionally, the line "Play it again, Sam" is often attributed to Casablanca, though that exact line is not spoken in the film. Close examples would be when Ilsa says "Play it, Sam" and later when Rick says "You played it for her, you can play it for me!". Play It Again, Sam later became the title of a play and subsequent feature film written by Woody Allen in which the timid main character gets advice from an imaginary manifestation of Humphrey Bogart.
- Many of the film's notable lines (see above) inspired riffs on Mystery Science Theater 3000 and other similar projects.
- Casablanca was one of the films (or "cinemas") into which the character Aram Fingal had his consciousness projected in Overdrawn at the Memory Bank (Experiment #822). Fingal then found himself interacting with characters and situations inspired by the film.
- Casablanca became a RiffTrax presentation in 2009.