World War II Morocco springs to life in Michael Curtiz's (THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, YANKEE DOODLE DANDY) classic love story. Colorful characters abound in Casablanca, a waiting room for Europeans trying to escape Hitler's war-torn Europe. Humphrey Bogart plays Richard "Rick" Blaine, a cynical but good-hearted American whose caf is the gathering place for everyone from the French Police to the black market to the Nazis. When his long-lost love, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), surfaces in Casablanca with her Resistance leader husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), Rick is pulled into both a love triangle and a web of political intrigue. Ilsa and Victor need to escape from Casablanca, and Rick may be the only one who can help them. The question is, will he?
Top-notch performances include Claude Rains as the chief of the French police and the major authority figure in Unoccupied France, Peter Lorre as the doomed Senor Ugarte, Sydney Greenstreet as Senor Ferrari, and Dooley Wilson as Rick's loyal friend and the caf's pianist, Sam. The mesmerizing musical score, by Max Steiner, along with the well-structured plot, flawless acting, and unforgettable dialogue makes this one of the best films of all time.
Academy Awards Best Picture 1943
Academy Awards Best Director 1943 Michael Curtiz Director, CASABLANCA (1942)
Academy Awards Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award 1942 Hal B. Wallis Producer of over 400 Hollywood movies
Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay 1943 Julius J. Epstein American Screenwriter, CASABLANCA (1942)
Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay 1943 Howard Koch Screenwiter, CASABLANCA (1942, THE SEA HAWK (1940)