|Rick Blaine||Humphrey Bogart|
|Ilsa Lund||Ingrid Bergman|
|Victor Laszlo||Paul Henried|
|Louis Renault||Claude Rains|
|Major Strasser||Conrad Veidt|
|Senor Ferrari||Sydney Greenstreet|
|Producer (AA Best Picture)||Hal B. Wallis|
|Director (AA)||Michael Curtiz|
|Screenplay (AA)||Julius J and Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch|
|Art Director||Carl Jules Weyl|
|July 23, 1977||TV Guide straw poll of program directors names "Casablanca: the most popular and frequently shown film on television.|
|November 17, 1977||American Film Institute poll names "Casablanca" the third-greatest American film of all time, behind Gone With the Wind and Citizen Kane.|
|1983||British Film Institute poll names "Casablanca" the best film ever.|
|December 16, 1988||C. Itoh & Co., the largest Japanese-based trading company in the world, purchases the piano from "Casablanca" for $154,000.|
|September 19, 1989||"Casablanca" is among the first twenty-five movies named to the National Film Registry.|
Rick is the quintessential Bogart character,
more urbane than Sam Spade in "The Maltese Falcon."
This is the Bogart who has so captivated the imaginations of viewers.
Here is a performer who knows how to be tough and vulnerable simultaneously.
Bogart is the quintessential actor, he liked what he was doing,
he was willing to throw away everything for principles (check
out his stance on the activities of the House un-American Activities
Committee), and above all he was nobody's fool. All of those things
came across clearly on screen in "Casablanca."
What is it that makes this character and this
performer so memorable? Perhaps the best clue to this lies in
some of Rick's most memorable lines. Certainly he has a keen sense
of irony, when asked to explain why he came to "Casablanca", Rick
says: "I came for the waters." "What waters? We're
in the desert." Replies the prefect. "I was misinformed,"
he says. But ultimately what may be at the heart of his appeal
is his vulnerability. Look closely at Rick's face when he throws
away Ingrid Bergman's letter as his train pulls out of Paris.
Or for that matter the look on his face when she appears in his
café. It is at that point that he utters what may well
be one of the movies greatest lines, "Of all the gin joints
in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."