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  • Pokémon × Nimja: Play the Game has a very subtle example of this in Chapter 12, "Dedicated to...", when the citizens of Amsterdam, led by a foreigner, sing their national anthem after just haven gone through a dark time in an attempt to raise their spirits. This is, of course, a reference to the anthem scene in the film, complete with the lines "Voor de Nederlands! Voor democratie!" (For the Netherlands! For democracy!) being said afterwards among a slew of applause and rejoicing.

Films - Animated

  • Foodfight!: The anthem sing-off sequence is parodied between the Brand X soldiers and the rest of the mascots.

Films - Live Action

  • Barb Wire uses the movie as a Whole Plot Reference.
  • Hot Shots! Part Deux: The romantic subplot spoofs Casablanca relentlessly.
  • When Harry Met Sally...: Harry and Sally watch Casablanca while on the phone together and discuss it.
    • Earlier in the movie, when they're driving together for the first time, they argue over which one Ilsa really loved, Rick or Victor.
  • In The World's End, when Sam is leaving town, Gary says that they'll "always have the disableds".
  • Play It Again, Sam contains several references, from the title coming from the famous misquote, to the protagonist being a fan of the film and Humphrey Bogart (who appears as a character) to the ending.
  • The Usual Suspects got its title from the famous line, "Round up the usual suspects".
  • In Men in Black, K describes an alien gathering as the same thing as the film, only with no Nazis.
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  • In Moonraker, James Bond's Bond One-Liner after throwing Chang through a window into a piano is "Play it a again, Sam".
  • Ocean's Eleven; when Danny goes to see Tess, his ex-wife, and Terry, her current husband, sees them when he walks in, Danny and Tess try to pass it off as if the two just happened to run into each other, and Danny says the line, "Of all the gin joints."


  • In A Boy Made of Blocks, Alex sees his eight-year-old son playing a video game and says, "Hey, Sam, what are you playing?" He realizes he has the fundaments of a Casablanca joke, but Sam wouldn't understand it.
  • In Shtum, Jonah becomes so engrossed in watching Casablanca that he doesn't notice when Ben sits next to him on the sofa.

Live-Action TV

  • 'The 100', it looks like even villains from a post apocalyptic setting know of this movie. One of the show villains, Sheidheda mockingly quotes the movie's most famous line after making the good guys accept his terms in exchange for his help:
    Sheidheda:I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
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  • The Disney's California Adventure grand opening special ends with Michael Eisner and Mickey Mouse walking into the park in a manner reminiscent of the film's closing shot.
    Eisner: You know, Mickey, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful theme park.
  • Sesame Street: A 1990 sketch features a Muppet version of Rick repeatedly getting Sam to say the alphabet ("Say it again, Sam.").
  • The West Wing: in the second season episode "The Leadership Breakfast", Toby walks in on Ann Stark, the chief of staff of the Republican Senate Minority Leader, watching TV in her room, and watching the anchor quote her being "surprised" as to events that took place earlier. Toby responds, "And shocked. Shocked, I say, to discover that there is gambling going on in this establishment", which is not the correct line (it's actually "gambling going on in here").
  • Red Dwarf:
    • In "Better Than Life", Lister is appalled that Casablanca has been remade, as the version with Myra Binglebat and Peter Beardsley was definitive.
    Holly: I remember that one. Of all the spacebars in all the cosmos, you had to materialise into mine.
    • In "Camille", Lister uses the film to teach Kryten how to be noble. The ending to the episode parodies the ending when Kryten persuades Camille to go with her husband, then walking off with Lister.
    Maybe I'm not too good at being noble, kid, but the problems of two blobs and a droid don't mean a hill of beans in this crazy world.
    We'll always have parrots.
  • In the Doctor Who serial "The Happiness Patrol", the Doctor sings "As Time Goes By".
  • The British sitcom As Time Goes By got its title from the film's theme song.
  • The "Unforgettable" episode of Amen has Ernest Frye courting a much younger environmentalist. When her ex-boyfriend resurfaces and asks her to go with him, she initially declines, but Ernie gently encourages her to go, in a scene complete with fog, trenchcoats, etc.
  • 227. Mary has a fantasy about herself, her husband Lester, and the inhabitants of their building like this.
  • One of Sisters' many fantasy sequences was like this, as Teddy's current boyfriend helps her ex-boyfriend escape criminal charges, yet gives them a few minutes to say "goodbye".

Video Games

  • Grim Fandango: The entire second act is one long Homage to Casablanca, Manny runs a nightclub in a scummy port town like Rick, and Glottis plays the piano like Sam. They even have the tuxes. The difference is Manny's running the nightclub specifically to catch a girl from his past.


  • Dinosaur Comics sees a "Compressed Film Comics" adaptation of the movie... that quickly goes off the rails and becomes a gay love story between Rick and Louis.

Web Original

  • The Nostalgia Critic:
    • In his review of Barb Wire, he says that the film is basically Casablanca with boobies, since both films involve a scientist and his spouse who work for a resistance hiding from a fascist government in a bar run by the spouse's ex and a corrupt cop.
    • In his review of Foodfight!, he criticizes the above-mentioned sing-off scene as a ripping off an iconic film that the children likely watching have not even seen yet. He, of course, is talking about Barb Wire. As a punchline, a clip of a tearful woman shouting "Viva la France!" plays at the conclusion of the sing-off.

Western Animation

  • Batman Beyond: The episode "Where's Terry?" opens with Terry and his friends walking out of a theater showing the film.
  • BoJack Horseman: In "Yes And", the new director on Secretariat unintentionally insults BoJack by saying "it's not Casablanca". It turns out he meant it literally; as in "it's not about a bar owner named Rick".
  • Family Guy: In the first episode, Peter brings the porn film Assablanca to a stag party. Unfortunately, the sexy stuff has been taped over for his kid's history class.
  • The Fairly OddParents: In "Where's Wanda?", Trixie has a Casablanca-themed booth for Student-Parent Movie Night at the school. The concluding scene is parodied between Timmy and Trixie later in the episode.
  • Home Movies: In "Yoko", Brendan recreates the closing scene but using his ex-girlfriend's and her new boyfriend's names in place of Ilsa and Laszlo for his own movie.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • Bugs hums "As Time Goes By" in 1944's Hare Force.
    • Pepé Le Pew appears as Sam playing "As Time Goes By" in The Cat's Bah.
    • The 1995 short Carrotblanca is a Whole Plot Reference to the film.
  • Rocko's Modern Life: In a now-censored scene in "The Good the Bad and the Wallaby", Heffer says goodbye to a milking machine by paraphrasing the film's ending.
    Heffer: Just remember, the problems of two people don't amount to a hill of manure in this wacky world. But at least we'll always have the barn.
  • The Simpsons:
    • The closing shot of "Bart's Friend Falls in Love" parodies that of the film.
    • The subplot for "Natural Born Kissers" involved Bart and Lisa discovering an alternate ending to the film in which Rick and Ilsa get married.
    • "The Burns Cage" has the school mounting a play based on the movie.
    • The ending of "Apocalypse Cow" parodies the ending to Casablanca ("Here's looking at you, cud.")
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • "Of all the clearings in all the woods in all the world, she walks into mine." - Buford, regarding a girl he had a crush on, while wearing a fuzzy bear suit
    • "We'll always have giant plastic baguettes." - Isabella, on the subject of Phineas' Oblivious to Love tendencies striking again in Paris.


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