Casablanca | 1942

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

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Main Plot

A cynical expatriate American cafe owner struggles to decide whether or not to help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape the Nazis in French Morocco.

Characters

  • Humphrey Bogart's character Rick Blaine is a disillusioned nightclub owner caught up in a love triangle during World War II.
  • Ingrid Bergman's character, Ilsa Lund, is the love interest of the protagonist and complicates his decisions throughout the film.
  • Paul Henreid's character, Victor Laszlo, is a resistance leader who seeks to escape Nazi-occupied Casablanca with his wife.

Ending

Casablanca ends with Rick (Humphrey Bogart) sacrificing his love for Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) to help her escape with her husband Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) and continue their fight against the Nazis. As the plane takes off, Rick walks away with Captain Renault (Claude Rains), declaring their friendship. Rick and Renault decide to join the Free French Forces, implying that they will continue the fight against the Nazis together.

Michael Curtiz