Director: Michael Curtiz. Screenplay: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch based on the play by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison. Musical Score: Max Steiner.
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Sidney Greenstreet, Dooley Wilson, Paul Henreid.
In an occupied city as chaotic and corrupt as modern-day Kabul, an apolitical American emigre (Humphrey Bogart) runs Rick’s Cafe. Although he is unfazed by his customers (partisans, Nazis, refugees, swindlers and more), Rick’s cool is shaken when the woman who walked out on him in Paris (a luminous Ingrid Bergman) appears in his cafe. Bogart’s profound ambivalence between cynicism and self-preservation on one side and ethics and sacrifice on the other not only puts Casablanca on everyone’s Top Ten lists, but keeps it as fresh today as when it was made.
“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’.” - Great Movies, Roger Ebert. Academy Awards®: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay. 102 min.