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Casablanca (1942)

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Lazlo and Rick investigate the singing

The plot thickens:

As it turns out, Lazlo is a noted Czechoslovakian resistance leader who has escaped from a  concentration camp and is wanted by the Nazi's, including Major Strasser (Conrad Veidt), their visiting representative in Casablanca.

Casablanca, in northern Morocco, is Vichy French territory early in World War II, and nationalist tensions run high among Rick's French, German, Italian and American customers. Lazlo's presence only aggravates an already tense situation. In the scene above, he inspires the band at Rick's to drown out the Germans (who are rigorously singing "Die Wacht am Rhein") with "La Marseillaise".

Rick advises the young couple from Romania about roulette

Besides the romantic triangle between Rick, Ilsa and Victor, and the Lazlos' quest to find exit visas to America, there are many subtle subplots you might not catch the first time you see the film.  At right, Rick sheds his tough, cynical exterior for a moment and helps out the young couple from Bulgaria: "Have you tried 22 tonight?"

More Memorable Quotations:

  • "I beg of you, Monsieur, watch yourself.  Be on guard.  This place is full of vultures, vultures everywhere, everywhere." --The Dark European.
  • "Oh, there's no hurry.  Tonight he'll be at Rick's.  Everybody comes to Rick's." --Renault.
  • "What right have I to think?" --Ugarte.
  • "I don't mind a parasite. I object to a cut-rate one." --Rick.
  • "Suppose you run your business and let me run mine." --Rick.
  • "How extravagant you are, throwing away women like that.  Someday they may be scarce." --Renault.
  • "I stick my neck out for nobody." --Rick.
  • "My dear Ricky, I suspect that under that cynical shell, you're at heart a sentimentalist." --Renault.
  • "There are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn't advise you to try to invade." --Rick.
  • "Are my eyes really brown?" --Rick.
  • "I was informed you were the most beautiful woman ever to visit Casablanca.  That was a gross understatement." --Renault.
  • "Play it once, Sam, for old time's sake." ...
    click here"Play it, Sam... Play 'As Time Goes By.'" --Ilsa (a .WAV file).
  • "We have a curfew here in Casablanca.  It would never do for the chief of police to be found drinking after hours and have to fine himself." --Renualt.
  • "Sam, if it's December 1941 in Casablanca, what time is it in New York?" --Rick.
  • "Was that cannon fire, or is it my heart pounding?" --Ilsa.
  • "Kiss me.  Kiss me as if it were the last time." --Ilsa.
  • "Ah, the lady is a friend of Rick's?  For friends of Rick we have a small discount.  Did I say 700 francs?  You can have it for 200." --The Arab.
  • "Oh, Monsieur, you are a man.  If someone loved you very much, so that your happiness was the only thing that she wanted in the whole world, but she did a bad thing to make certain of it, could you forgive her?" --Annina.
  • "I am shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!" --Renault.
  • "My dear Mademoiselle, perhaps you have already observed that in Casablanca, human life is cheap.  Good night, Mademoiselle." --Strasser.
  • "Go ahead and shoot.  You'll be doing me a favor." --Rick.
  • "But it's still a story without an ending.  What about now?" --Rick.
  • "I wish I didn't love you so much." --Ilsa.
  • "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." --Rick.

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