Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz, and starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid. Filmed and set during World War II, it focuses on an American expatriate (Bogart) who must choose between his love for a woman (Bergman) or helping her husband (Henreid), a Czech resistance leader, escape from the Vichy-controlled city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Germans. The screenplay is based on Everybody Comes to Rick's, an unproduced stage play by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison. The supporting cast features Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Dooley Wilson.


In December 1941, American expatriate Rick Blaine owns a nightclub and gambling den in Casablanca. "Rick's Café Américain" attracts a varied clientele, including Vichy French and Nazi German officials, refugees desperate to reach the neutral United States, and those who prey on them. Although Rick professes to be neutral in all matters, he ran guns to Ethiopia during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War and fought on the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War. Despite feigning indifference, he demonstrates sympathy for the refugees' plight and disdain for the repressive, fascist regimes.


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    award Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay National Board of Review: Top Ten Films
    contentLocation Casablanca
    director Michael Curtiz
    editor Owen Marks
    events fleeting relationship World War II
    genre drama historical romance
    keywords arrest as time goes by battle of france begin brazzaville civil war concentration camp czech resistance die wacht am rhein drown ethiopia ethiopian empire expatriate free french gamble german-occupied europe german officer gunrunning hide kill la marseillaise lisbon meet nazi german neutral portugal police arrest police raid portugal in world war ii prefect of police prefecture of police ran guns refugee republican republican faction resistance in the protectorate of bohemia and moravia second italo-ethiopian war sing spanish civil war strand vichy france vichy french warn
    musicBy Max Steiner
    nomination Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Film Editing Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic or Comedy Score Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
    producer Hal B. Wallis
    productionCompany Warner Bros. Pictures
    publisher Warner Bros. Pictures
    recordedAt California
    theme propaganda romantic drama