Casablanca

Casablanca (1942)

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Casablanca—easy to enter, but much harder to leave, especially if your name is on the Nazi's most-wanted list. Atop that list is Czech resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), whose only hope for escape is Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a cynical American who risks his neck for no one—especially Laszlo and his wife, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), Rick’s ex-lover who broke his heart. Rick has sought refuge from his misery in French-held Morocco, seemingly content to ignore the war raging in Europe and quietly tend his business. That business is a seedy nightclub that caters to an even seedier clientele. Ilsa begs Rick for help—he has come into possession of the letters of transport Laszlo needs to get out of the country. She offers herself in exchange for Laszlo's safe transport. Bitter Rick must decide what is more important—his own happiness or the lives that hang in the balance.

Continuity mistake: When Bogie is reading the note from Bergman, it is dissolved by the heavy rain and he is dripping wet, so is Sam, who delivered the note. But then he is standing on the step of the train totally dry. (00:47:00)

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Rick: How can you close me up? On what grounds?
Captain Renault: I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here.
[A casino worker gives Renault a wad of money.]
Casino Worker: Your winnings, sir.
Captain Renault: [Quietly.] Oh, thank you very much. [Loudly.] Everybody out at once.

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Trivia: Conrad Veidt, who played Maj. Strasser, was well known in the theatrical community in Germany for his hatred of the Nazis, and in fact was forced to hurriedly escape the country when he found out that the SS had sent a death squad after him because of his anti-Nazi activities.

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Question: Why does everyone stop and stare at the plane?

Answer: It's a bit complicated and subject to interpretation. They all look as soon as they hear the engines starting. For each one it signifies something different. Ilsa knows she must part with Rick, the man she loves, and stay with her husband, Victor, to support him and help with his work. For Rick, he knows he is losing Ilsa, by his own choice because he has chosen to stay behind to aid the war resistance and may not survive. Victor knows his wife Ilsa really loves Rick and he will be out of their lives, but she is staying with him out of duty.

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Answer: Because the plane taking off meant that the people on board were on their way to Lisbon, and from there, America. Everyone is envious.

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