Viewing your Watchlist and recommended content requires Javascript

  • U
  • Drama, Romance
  • 1942
  • 102 mins

Casablanca

Casablanca

Synopsis

With nearly every line of its script engraved on the collective unconscious, and its central performances of Bogart and Bergman defining iconic cool, Casablanca is an exultant classic.

About

One of Hollywood's greatest acts of alchemy saw a classic romantic thriller created from unprepossessing raw materials: a modest play with a questionable grasp of historical facts, a director with a poor command of English, and a confused cast that was due, at one stage, to be headed by Ronald Reagan and Ann Sheridan. But it was the film that cemented Bogart's stardom with a role perfectly suited to his new sympathetic tough-guy persona.

Though avowedly a cynic, Rick is seen consistently to be a soft-hearted romantic. Having had his heart broken some years earlier, he has set himself up as a bar-owner in Casablanca, a stop-off point for fugitives from the Nazis during the Second World War. One day his old love Ilsa (Bergman), married to an important figure in the resistance movement (Henreid), comes to his bar...

With its romantic story, the songs performed by Wilson, the supporting cast, fantastic script, the singing of 'La Marseillaise', the climactic sequence at the airport and its perfect final line, Casablanca has entered the popular consciousness, becoming utterly familiar while remaining fresh and vital.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Dooley Wilson, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Humphrey Bogart, Claude Rains
  • Director: Michael Curtiz
  • Screen Writer: Philip G Epstein, Julius J Epstein, Howard Koch
  • Producer: Hal B Wallis
  • Photographer: Arthur Edeson
  • Composer: Max Steiner

In a nutshell

Rightly one of the most popular - if not the most popular - films of all time.

Latest from Film4...

  • Film4

    Baggage Claim

    Paula Patton stars in writer-director David E Talbert's romcom about a woman's desperate hunt to find herself a husband.

  • Film4

    Metallica: Through The Never

    Director Nimród Antal and cinematographer Gyula Pados blend fact and fiction as they capture an obscure live Metallica concert in North America.

    On Film4: 30 Apr 11:10PM

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Cannes 2016: 10 Picks

    Film4.com site editor and festival newbie Michael Leader selects ten films from the Official Selection at this year's Cannes Film Festival that he can't wait to see... Go easy on me, I'm new around t

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Cannes 2016: 10 picks

    Catherine Bray runs her eye over this year¿s line-up and selects ten films she can¿t wait to watch at the 69th Cannes Film Festival The official line-up is now locked and loaded, so time to have a ru

Register with Film4.com

Personalise your Film4 experience

  • Set film reminders
  • Build your watchlist
  • Get film suggestions

or Register

Share