History Film / Casablanca

12th Feb '17 9:10:32 AM Lullabee
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* NoodleIncident: The reason Rick [[PersonaNonGrata can't return to America]] is never disclosed in the film. The Neutrality Acts of the 1930s were in play and the writers apparently attempted to come up with the exact reason numerous times, but eventually decided to leave it to our imaginations, and [[LampshadeHanging hung a lampshade]] on it by having Renault bring up various theories (see DeadpanSnarker above) of either stealing money, seducing a Senator's wife, or killing a man. By the end of the movie, [[IronicEcho Rick does all three]]: cheats on his bet with Louis about Victor's escape, rekindles the love affair with Ilsa (even as she leaves with Victor), and shoots Major Strasser.

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* NoodleIncident: The reason Rick [[PersonaNonGrata can't return to America]] is never disclosed in the film. The Neutrality Acts of the 1930s were in play and the writers apparently attempted to come up with the exact reason numerous times, but eventually decided to leave it to our imaginations, and [[LampshadeHanging hung a lampshade]] on it by having Renault bring up various theories (see DeadpanSnarker above) of either stealing money, seducing a Senator's another man's wife, or killing a man. By the end of the movie, [[IronicEcho Rick does all three]]: cheats on his bet with Louis about Victor's escape, rekindles the love affair with Ilsa (even as she leaves with Victor), and shoots Major Strasser.
22nd Jan '17 9:28:27 AM CumbersomeTercel
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%%* DirtyCop: Captain Renault. Unlike other examples, he actually does have a conscience.

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%%* * DirtyCop: Captain Renault. He works with Nazis, collects gambling winnings despite it being illegal and it's implied that he extorts sex from women in exchange for export visas. Unlike other most examples, he actually does have a conscience.his conscience comes through in the end.
13th Jan '17 8:47:06 AM Josef5678
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* DirtyCop: Captain Renault. Unlike other examples, he actually does have a conscience.

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* %%* DirtyCop: Captain Renault. Unlike other examples, he actually does have a conscience.



* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Ugarte. He is played by Creator/PeterLorre after all.

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* %%* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Ugarte. He is played by Creator/PeterLorre after all.
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* AmbigouslyGay: Ugarte seems a little too desperate for Rick's approval.

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* AmbigouslyGay: AmbiguouslyGay: Ugarte seems a little too desperate for Rick's approval.



* DearJohnLetter: Rick and Ilsa, were supposed to meet at the train station to get out of Paris before the Nazis arrived; instead, she sent a letter explaining that she couldn't be with him, for unexplained reasons. Years later they meet in Casablanca and she explains that she had returned to her husband, Victor, whom she had believed dead before getting together with Rick.

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* DearJohnLetter: Rick and Ilsa, Ilsa were supposed to meet at the train station to get out of Paris before the Nazis arrived; instead, arrived. Instead, she sent a letter explaining that she couldn't be with him, for unexplained reasons. Years later they meet in Casablanca and she explains that she had returned to her husband, Victor, whom she had believed dead before getting together with Rick.



* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGufin: Ugarte entrusts the letters of transit to Rick, only to be taken into custody and killed later that night.

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* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGufin: ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: Ugarte entrusts the letters of transit to Rick, only to be taken into custody and killed later that night.



* IneffectualSmypatheticVillain: Ugarte. He is played by Creator/PeterLorre after all.

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* IneffectualSmypatheticVillain: IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Ugarte. He is played by Creator/PeterLorre after all.



Rick's past was such a mystery, even the writers didn't know. They spent a lot of time trying to come up with something appropriately cool; they failed. One finally suggested 'unpaid parking tickets.' That was the point when they gave up and left it "a little vague."

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** Rick's past was such a mystery, even the writers didn't know. They spent a lot of time trying to come up with something appropriately cool; they failed. One finally suggested 'unpaid parking tickets.' That was the point when they gave up and left it "a little vague."



* ThePowerofRock: Victor Laszlo overhears ThoseWackyNazis singing a patriotic (and anti-French) German song around the piano, goes over to the band, and gets them to play La Marseillaise, with Rick's approval. The entire bar joins in, drowning out the Germans and emphasizing the passionate political undertones of the refugees and is the beginning of Rick's redemption.

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* ThePowerofRock: ThePowerOfRock: Victor Laszlo overhears ThoseWackyNazis singing a patriotic (and anti-French) German song around the piano, goes over to the band, and gets them to play La Marseillaise, with Rick's approval. The entire bar joins in, drowning out the Germans and emphasizing the passionate political undertones of the refugees and is the beginning of Rick's redemption.



* YouCannotKillAnIdea: Victor Lazslo tries to assert this about LaRésistance against the Nazis. The film itself does a good job of illustrating the concept. Unfortunately ThoseWackyNazis also have ideas, and ones that Lazlo is kinda, you know, trying to kill.

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* YouCannotKillAnIdea: Victor Lazslo tries to assert this about LaRésistance LaResistance against the Nazis. The film itself does a good job of illustrating the concept. Unfortunately ThoseWackyNazis also have ideas, and ones that Lazlo Laszlo is kinda, you know, trying to kill.
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* SupportingLeader: Victor Laszlo. The resolution to the romantic plot revolves entirely around Rick acknowledging that Victor is way, way more important than he is.

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* SupportingLeader: SupportingLeader: Victor Laszlo. The resolution to the romantic plot revolves entirely around Rick acknowledging that Victor is way, way more important than he is.
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* AmbigouslyGay: Ugarte seems a little too desperate for Rick's approval.



* ArchEnemy: Captain Louis Renault and Major Heinrich Strasser to Rick Blaine, Ilsa Lund, and Victor Laszlo.



* BigGood: Victor Laszlo. ThoseWackyNazis are willing to do just about anything, even violating Vichy's "neutrality" (thus risking drawing the U.S. into the war) and letting known anti-fascist fighter Rick and Laszlo's "companion" Ilsa escape to America, if it means they can stop Laszlo.

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* BigGood: Victor Laszlo. ThoseWackyNazis are willing to do just about anything, even violating Vichy's Vichy "neutrality" (thus risking drawing the U.S. into the war) and letting known anti-fascist fighter Rick and Laszlo's "companion" Ilsa escape to America, if it means they can stop Laszlo.



* DearJohnLetter: Rick and Ilsa were supposed to meet at the train station to get out of Paris before the Nazis arrived. Instead, she sent a letter explaining that she couldn't be with him, for unexplained reasons. Years later they meet in Casablanca and she explains that she had returned to her husband, Victor, whom she had believed dead before getting together with Rick.

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* DearJohnLetter: Rick and Ilsa Ilsa, were supposed to meet at the train station to get out of Paris before the Nazis arrived. Instead, arrived; instead, she sent a letter explaining that she couldn't be with him, for unexplained reasons. Years later they meet in Casablanca and she explains that she had returned to her husband, Victor, whom she had believed dead before getting together with Rick.



* DirtyCop: Captain Renault. Unlike other examples, he actually does have a conscience.



* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: Ugarte entrusts the letters of transit to Rick, only to be taken into custody and killed later that night.

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* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGufin: Ugarte entrusts the letters of transit to Rick, only to be taken into custody and killed later that night.



* IneffectualSmypatheticVillain: Ugarte. He is played by Creator/PeterLorre after all.



* JadeColoredGlasses: Happened in Rick's past.



-->Ferrari is the ultimate capitalist and crook who never does anything except for money. Yet at one point Ferrari helps Victor Laszlo find the precious letters of transit and wants nothing in return. That's out of character, illogical. Knowing this, the writers gave Ferrari the line: "Why I'm doing this, I don't know, because it can't possible profit me..." Rather than hiding the hole, the writers admitted it with the bold lie that Ferrari might be impulsively generous. The audience knows we often do things for reasons we can't explain. Complimented, it nods, thinking, "Even Ferrari doesn't get it. Fine. On with the film."

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-->Ferrari is the ultimate capitalist and crook who never does anything except for money. Yet at one point Ferrari helps Victor Laszlo Lazlo find the precious letters of transit and wants nothing in return. That's out of character, illogical. Knowing this, the writers gave Ferrari the line: "Why I'm doing this, I don't know, because it can't possible profit me..." Rather than hiding the hole, the writers admitted it with the bold lie that Ferrari might be impulsively generous. The audience knows we often do things for reasons we can't explain. Complimented, it nods, thinking, "Even Ferrari doesn't get it. Fine. On with the film."



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Despite revolving around three leads, the film has a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casablanca_%28film%29#Cast large cast of characters.]] It has 22 speaking parts, many of whom play some kind of significant role in the plot (or get at least one moment in the limelight).
* LostLoveMontage: We see the Paris relationship between Rick and Ilsa.
* LoveableRogue: Captain Renault, although he turns honest at the end.
* LoveTriangle: Victor loves Ilsa who still loves Rick but whose duty lies with Victor...



* MysteriousPast:
** For all that ''is'' revealed, we still don't know why (and exactly when) he left America or why he can't return.
-->'''Major Strasser''': Richard Blaine, American. Age, 37. Cannot return to his country. The reason is a little vague.
Rick's past was such a mystery, even the writers didn't know. They spent a lot of time trying to come up with something appropriately cool; they failed. One finally suggested 'unpaid parking tickets.' That was the point when they gave up and left it "a little vague."
-->'''Louis''': Did you abscond with the church funds? Run off with a senator's wife? I like to think you killed a man; it's the romantic in me.
-->'''Rick''': It was a combination of all three.



* NotSoAboveItAll: Rick tells Ilsa that he'd rather see the world burn, but the glibness subsides when he meets Laszlo in person.

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* NotInThisForYourRevolution: Rick...so he says.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Rick tells Ilsa that he'd rather see the world burn, but the glibness subsides when he meets Laszlo Lazlow in person.



* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Several, but perhaps most noticeably Claude Rains as a Frenchman.

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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Several, but perhaps most noticeably Claude Rains Creator/ClaudeRains as a Frenchman.



* PercussivePickpocket: Used for a BrickJoke. At the start of the movie, we see a pickpocket at work. Later the pickpocket bumps into one of the main characters, who frantically checks his pockets to make sure his wallet is still there.



* PoirotSpeak: Lampshaded when Carl is waiting on a German couple who speaking only English because of their impending emigration to America.
-->Mr. Leuchtag: Liebchen - sweetness, what watch?
-->Mrs. Leuchtag: Ten watch.
-->Mr. Leuchtag: Such much?
* ThePowerofRock: Victor Laszlo overhears ThoseWackyNazis singing a patriotic (and anti-French) German song around the piano, goes over to the band, and gets them to play La Marseillaise, with Rick's approval. The entire bar joins in, drowning out the Germans and emphasizing the passionate political undertones of the refugees and is the beginning of Rick's redemption.



* PunchClockVillain: Captain Renault, who makes it clear he's happy to cooperate with the Nazis as long as they remain in power, without caring about their ideology one way or another.
* RansackedRoom: Alluded to when Rick tells Captain Renault his men were so thorough in searching for the letters of transit that the staff just barely got the mess cleaned up in time to open that night.



* LaResistance: Laszlo is a key player in European Resistance movements. By the end of the film, it's implied that Rick and Louis Renault join the French Resistance.

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* LaResistance: Laszlo Lazlo is a key player in European Resistance movements. By the end of the film, it's implied that Rick and Louis Renault join the French Resistance.



* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Rick is introduced playing chess with himself. This came from Bogart himself, who was an avid chess player.



* SnarkToSnarkCombat: Rick and just about everyone, but especially Captain Renault and Major Strasser.



* StepfordSnarker: Rick comes off as an uncaring wiseass, but we soon learn he's covering up deep pain over being exiled from his home country and losing the love of his life.



* SupportingLeader: Victor Laszlo. The resolution to the romantic plot revolves entirely around Rick acknowledging that Victor is way, way more important than he is.



* VillainSong: Strasser and his men briefly sing a patriotic tune in Rick's club... which, in the film's defining CrowningMomentOfAwesome, is then drowned out by "Marseillaise," sung by the club's other patrons led by Victor.



* YouCannotKillAnIdea: Victor Lazslo tries to assert this about LaResistance against the Nazis. The film itself does a good job of illustrating the concept. Unfortunately ThoseWackyNazis also have ideas, and ones that Laszlo is kinda, you know, trying to kill.

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* YouCannotKillAnIdea: Victor Lazslo tries to assert this about LaResistance LaRésistance against the Nazis. The film itself does a good job of illustrating the concept. Unfortunately ThoseWackyNazis also have ideas, and ones that Laszlo Lazlo is kinda, you know, trying to kill.
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* BigGood: Victor Laszlo. ThoseWackyNazis are willing to do just about anything, even violating Vichy "neutrality" (thus risking drawing the U.S. into the war) and letting known anti-fascist fighter Rick and Laszlo's "companion" Ilsa escape to America, if it means they can stop Laszlo.

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* BigGood: Victor Laszlo. ThoseWackyNazis are willing to do just about anything, even violating Vichy Vichy's "neutrality" (thus risking drawing the U.S. into the war) and letting known anti-fascist fighter Rick and Laszlo's "companion" Ilsa escape to America, if it means they can stop Laszlo.



* DearJohnLetter: Rick and Ilsa, were supposed to meet at the train station to get out of Paris before the Nazis arrived; instead, she sent a letter explaining that she couldn't be with him, for unexplained reasons. Years later they meet in Casablanca and she explains that she had returned to her husband, Victor, whom she had believed dead before getting together with Rick.

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* DearJohnLetter: Rick and Ilsa, Ilsa were supposed to meet at the train station to get out of Paris before the Nazis arrived; instead, arrived. Instead, she sent a letter explaining that she couldn't be with him, for unexplained reasons. Years later they meet in Casablanca and she explains that she had returned to her husband, Victor, whom she had believed dead before getting together with Rick.



* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGufin: Ugarte entrusts the letters of transit to Rick, only to be taken into custody and killed later that night.

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* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGufin: ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: Ugarte entrusts the letters of transit to Rick, only to be taken into custody and killed later that night.



-->Ferrari is the ultimate capitalist and crook who never does anything except for money. Yet at one point Ferrari helps Victor Lazlo find the precious letters of transit and wants nothing in return. That's out of character, illogical. Knowing this, the writers gave Ferrari the line: "Why I'm doing this, I don't know, because it can't possible profit me..." Rather than hiding the hole, the writers admitted it with the bold lie that Ferrari might be impulsively generous. The audience knows we often do things for reasons we can't explain. Complimented, it nods, thinking, "Even Ferrari doesn't get it. Fine. On with the film."

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-->Ferrari is the ultimate capitalist and crook who never does anything except for money. Yet at one point Ferrari helps Victor Lazlo Laszlo find the precious letters of transit and wants nothing in return. That's out of character, illogical. Knowing this, the writers gave Ferrari the line: "Why I'm doing this, I don't know, because it can't possible profit me..." Rather than hiding the hole, the writers admitted it with the bold lie that Ferrari might be impulsively generous. The audience knows we often do things for reasons we can't explain. Complimented, it nods, thinking, "Even Ferrari doesn't get it. Fine. On with the film."



* NotSoAboveItAll: Rick tells Ilsa that he'd rather see the world burn, but the glibness subsides when he meets Lazlow in person.

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* NotSoAboveItAll: Rick tells Ilsa that he'd rather see the world burn, but the glibness subsides when he meets Lazlow Laszlo in person.



* LaResistance: Lazlo is a key player in European Resistance movements. By the end of the film, it's implied that Rick and Louis Renault join the French Resistance.

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* LaResistance: Lazlo Laszlo is a key player in European Resistance movements. By the end of the film, it's implied that Rick and Louis Renault join the French Resistance.



* YouCannotKillAnIdea: Victor Lazslo tries to assert this about LaRésistance against the Nazis. The film itself does a good job of illustrating the concept. Unfortunately ThoseWackyNazis also have ideas, and ones that Lazlo is kinda, you know, trying to kill.

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* YouCannotKillAnIdea: Victor Lazslo tries to assert this about LaRésistance LaResistance against the Nazis. The film itself does a good job of illustrating the concept. Unfortunately ThoseWackyNazis also have ideas, and ones that Lazlo Laszlo is kinda, you know, trying to kill.
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* FriendlyEnemy: Rick and Captain Renault are a textbook example until [[spoiler: the closing scene, when, impressed by Rick's heroic sacrifice, Renault does a HeelFaceTurn. Rick famously declares, "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."]]


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* GayParee: Ilsa and Rick "will always have Paris." There a long FallingInLoveMontage showing them there.
* GenreBusting: It's equal parts romance, FilmNoir, spy thriller, musical and war drama, though the romance portion tends to be remembered the most.


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* GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion: The film was colorized in the 1980s.


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* GlamorousWartimeSinger: Rick's Cafe has a female singer-guitarist.
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: Averted. Ilsa is arguably the love of Rick's life, and she seems willing to leave her husband Victor Laszlo for him if he asks. However, in the end, Rick decides that the right thing is to leave Ilsa and Laszlo who are actually quite HappilyMarried together (even if only for the sake of the war effort). In fact the censors were originally going to cut the line where Ilsa says Victor is her husband because it would have meant she committed adultery with Rick - but once they came to the scene where Ilsa explains that she thought Victor was dead, that was enough to justify it.


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* GoodScarsEvilScars: Victor Laszlo has a classic Good Scar: a thin, dark line crossing right eyebrow.


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* HandshakeRefusal: When Renault meets Strausser at the airport, an Italian officer is snubbed as part of the PassiveAggressiveKombat.


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* HeroicNeutral: Rick, since he represents America at the beginning of World War II. His idealistic younger self fought alongside those resisting fascism, but the expansion of Axis authority and being suddenly abandoned by the love of his life made him cynical and apathetic. He doesn't take sides with the Vichy authorities, the Nazis or the resistance, until the plot of the film awakens the hero within. The German major, equipped with a full dossier on Rick, is smart enough to be aware of this that he doesn't attempt to convert Rick, just keep him neutral. It doesn't work.


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* IdiosyncraticWipes: While the film itself was fairly staid in its transitions, its original ''trailer'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28Ud8O3KBSM used every wipe known to the science of the time]].
* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGufin: Ugarte entrusts the letters of transit to Rick, only to be taken into custody and killed later that night.


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* IrrevocableOrder: The letters of transit "cannot be countermanded or revoked in any way". This is rather implausible, but lets everyone get on with the story.


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* TruceZone: Casabalance, also TruthInTelevision.


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* WarWasBeginning: "With the coming of the Second World War..."


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* WeWorkWellTogether: Rick ends the film by telling Louis:
-->Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.


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* WhatsAnXLikeYouDoingInAYLikeThis: Rick puts a negative spin on this trope:
-->Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world - she drops into mine!


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* YouCannotKillAnIdea: Victor Lazslo tries to assert this about LaRésistance against the Nazis. The film itself does a good job of illustrating the concept. Unfortunately ThoseWackyNazis also have ideas, and ones that Lazlo is kinda, you know, trying to kill.
* YouWouldntShootMe:
** Ilsa visits Rick to try to get him to give her the letters of transit, when he refuses, she picks up his gun and threatens to shoot him. Rick's response: "If you'll stick at nothing to get those letters, then go on. Here, I'll make it easy for you." She doesn't shoot. Variation because Rick is saying (paraphrased), "If you're the Ilsa I knew you won't shoot me, but if you will, then I have no desire to live."
** Rick threatening Major Strasser. Strasser doesn't say anything, but continues his (phone) call and seems to be calling Rick's bluff. He gets shot. It's awkward to observe from the angle, but Strasser also attempts to shoot Rick.
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* AdoptTheDog: Rick tells Ilsa to stay with her husband for her own good and the good of the world, and then Louis refuses to turn Rick in for shooting Major Strasser and agrees to join the resistance. "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."



* AllLovingHero: Victor Laszlo. It says something about him that the only person in the entire movie who isn't in complete awe and admiration of the utterly heroic and saintly resistance leader is the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] officer who has been sent to capture him, which is a [[AcceptableTargets ringing endorsement]] if ever there was one. He's so noble that he doesn't hold a grudge that his beloved wife, believing that he was dead, has fallen in love with another man, and his example is so powerful that that other man is eventually quite willing to sacrifice his one chance at happiness [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy by convincing her to stay with him]].
* AnchoredShip: Rick and Ilsa.



* ArtisticLicenseMusic: Dooley Wilson (Sam) was a drummer, not a pianist. It's fairly obvious.



* BeingGoodSucks: All three of the primaries make (or try to make) personal sacrifices for the greater good, and as often as not, it hardly matters. They all get a roughly happy ending, but none of them get what they want.



* BigGood: Victor Laszlo. ThoseWackyNazis are willing to do just about anything, even violating Vichy "neutrality" (thus risking drawing the U.S. into the war) and letting known anti-fascist fighter Rick and Laszlo's "companion" Ilsa escape to America, if it means they can stop Laszlo.



* BuildingOfAdventure: Except for the {{Flashback}} to Paris and the climactic scenes in the airport, nearly all of the action takes place in Rick's Cafe Americain.
* ButNowIMustGo: Ilsa leaves Rick twice.



* BystanderSyndrome: Rick appears this way for a while ("I stick my neck out for nobody"), especially when he seems willing to turn over a resistance leader to the Nazis because he is married to Rick's former lover. Eventually, however, we see that Rick isn't nearly as selfish as he lets on.



* CentralTheme: Are there some causes so worth fighting for that even love should be sacrificed to fight for them?



* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys:
** The city of Casablanca is part of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vichy_France Vichy France]] and [[LesCollaborateurs cooperating with the Nazis.]] Averted at the end when Captain Louis Renault decides he will be NeutralNoLonger, symbolically throws a bottle of Vichy water into the trash and suggests to Rick that they leave Casablanca and [[LaResistance join the Free French at Brazzaville.]]
** The French also show their HeroicResolve by defiantly singing "La Marseillaise" and drowning out the Germans in the bar.



* CityOfAdventure: Casablanca qualifies as a TropeCodifier.



* CourtlyLove: Rick is a rather complex zigzag of this. In a flashback he met her in Paris and presumably did French things with her, though of course [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar the movie doesn't say directly]]. Later Rick is understandably angry at not being told she was married (though at the time of their romp she believed her husband to be dead). In the final scene he settles on being satisfied with CourtlyLove because [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy he wants his beloved to be happy]].



* DeadlyEuphemism: Sarcastically [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Captain Renault:
-->'''Laszlo''': May I see him?
-->'''Strasser''': You would find the conversation a trifle one-sided. Signor Ugarte is dead.
-->'''Renault''': I'm making out the report now. We haven't quite decided whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape.



* DearJohnLetter: Rick and Ilsa, were supposed to meet at the train station to get out of Paris before the Nazis arrived; instead, she sent a letter explaining that she couldn't be with him, for unexplained reasons. Years later they meet in Casablanca and she explains that she had returned to her husband, Victor, whom she had believed dead before getting together with Rick.



* TheDon: Signor Ferrari, though a less sinister version than most. He is "the head of all illegal activities in Casablanca," but is never seen harming anyone (he'd like to hire Sam away from Rick and he'd like to take over Rick's cafe, but he doesn't try to threaten or coerce them, only making offers that would be expected from any interested businessman). He's even the one who gives Ilsa and Victor the suggestion that leads to their leaving with the letters of transit (though he ''may'' have had an ulterior motive, see XanatosSpeedChess below).

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* DoIReallySoundLikeThat: A variation; when Rick reads Major Strausser's dossier on him, he asks, "Are my eyes really brown?"
* TheDon: Signor Ferrari, though a less sinister version than most. He is "the head of all illegal activities in Casablanca," but is never seen harming anyone (he'd like to hire Sam away from Rick and he'd like to take over Rick's cafe, but he doesn't try to threaten or coerce them, only making offers that would be expected from any interested businessman). He's even the one who gives Ilsa and Victor the suggestion that leads to their leaving with the letters of transit (though he ''may'' have had an ulterior motive, see XanatosSpeedChess below). below).
* DrinkOrder: Rick never drinks in his bar, until Ilsa comes in. Captain Renault notes that "a precedent is being broken." Later that night, Rick drinks alone, waiting for Ilsa to return. In their conversation the next day, he reveals what he was drinking: "Maybe it was the bourbon."
* DrivingADesk: This is used when Rick and Ilsa drive through Paris, then through the French countryside. Creator/RogerEbert admitted that despite his love of ''Casablanca'', this scene looked like [[SpecialEffectFailure the worst rear projection effect he ever saw]].



* EiffelTowerEffect: Rick's Paris flashback begins with a shot of...the Arc de Triomphe.



* FatSweatySouthernerInAWhiteSuit: The film isn't set in the American South, but Signor Ferrari otherwise fits the description quite well.



* FilmingForEasyDub: The classic final line, "Louis I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship" was thought up by the producer and dubbed in by Creator/HumphreyBogart after filming was completed.



* FollowTheLeader: After the success of this movie, Hollywood decided they should try and get Humphrey Bogart to make it again. And again. Annnnd again. ''Film/ToHaveAndHaveNot'' is pretty similar (and very good), but could possibly claim plausible deniability. ''Tokyo Joe'' and ''Sirocco'', on the other hand, are just ''Casablanca'' again in other countries with crappier supporting casts, writers, and directors.



* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: Rick as the Cynic, Ilsa as the Conflicted, Victor as the Optimist, and Louis as the Apathetic. All four start off as textbook examples of their respective philosophies, and their CharacterDevelopment largely entails these philosophies being challenged by [[{{plot}} the events of the film]].



* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: Rick as the Cynic, Ilsa as the Conflicted, Victor as the Optimist, and Louis as the Apathetic. All four start off as textbook examples of their respective philosophies, and their CharacterDevelopment largely entails these philosophies being challenged by [[{{plot}} the events of the film]].



* HeterosexualLifePartners: Rick and Sam. At the end, it may be that Rick and Louis will be heterosexual life partners, as Sam is staying in Casablanca, and the other two are going to Brazzaville to fight Nazis.
-->Louis, I think this might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.



* LadyOfWar: Creator/IngridBergman seems to be a DamselInDistress trying to be a LadyOfWar. More important, what she really is, is every soldier's favorite princess. Which might make this a successful attempt at inspiring the World War II version of CourtlyLove from fans.

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* LadyOfWar: Creator/IngridBergman Ilsa seems to be a DamselInDistress trying to be a LadyOfWar. More important, what she really is, is every soldier's favorite princess. Which might make this a successful attempt at inspiring the World War II version of CourtlyLove from fans.fans.
* LampshadeHanging: From p. 372 of the screenwriting book Story by Robert [=McKee=]:
-->Ferrari is the ultimate capitalist and crook who never does anything except for money. Yet at one point Ferrari helps Victor Lazlo find the precious letters of transit and wants nothing in return. That's out of character, illogical. Knowing this, the writers gave Ferrari the line: "Why I'm doing this, I don't know, because it can't possible profit me..." Rather than hiding the hole, the writers admitted it with the bold lie that Ferrari might be impulsively generous. The audience knows we often do things for reasons we can't explain. Complimented, it nods, thinking, "Even Ferrari doesn't get it. Fine. On with the film."



%% * ReliableTraitor: Capt. Renault. He openly admits that he "blow[s] with the wind", collaborating with the Germans because they (along with Vichy) are in charge. He clearly loathes Strasser, setting up his HeelFaceTurn.

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%% * ReliableTraitor: Capt. Renault. He openly admits that he "blow[s] with the wind", collaborating with the Germans because they (along with Vichy) are in charge. He clearly loathes Strasser, setting up his HeelFaceTurn.


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* SmugSnake: Renault, although [[spoiler:Louis is really just too cool to remain a bad guy through the whole picture, so he reforms at the end so he and Rick can fight Nazis together]].


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* VillainousBreakdown: When he's captured by the police in Casablanca, Ugarte has a brief but memorable breakdown.
-->'''Ugarte''': PLEEEASSEEE RICK!
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* CaliforniaDoubling: The film was shot on the Warner Bros. backlot and at the Van Nuys Airport, a general aviation airport near Los Angeles. A lot of StockFootage was used for Paris and other locales for [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII obvious reasons]].



* DVDCommentary: Creator/RogerEbert makes one awesome commentary track. He breaks down things such as shot design, subtle character motivations, the "La Marseillaise" awesomeness and the MacGuffin disaster.
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