Casablanca Quotations

Despite contributions from four different writers, as well as a producer and songwriter, daily re-writes on the set, and beginning filming with a half-written script, Casablanca emerged as a cohesive, tightly-constructed film that went on to win three Academy Awards and become a top ten classic in the pantheon of the greatest movies of all times. In 2005, the American Film Institute asked a jury of 1,500 film critics, artists, and historians to create a list of the top 100 movie quotations. Casablanca had six quotations in the list, more than any other movie in list (noted below in blue). Here’s looking at you, Casablanca:

Spoken by Rick Blaine played by Humphrey Bogart:

Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine. (AFI #67)

I stick my neck out for nobody.

Oh, he’s just like any other man, only more so.

Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. (AFI #20)

Captain Louis Renault played by Claude Rains

I am shocked — shocked— to find that gambling is going on in here!

I’m making out the report now. We haven’t quite decided whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape.

Oh, please, monsieur. It is a little game we play. They put it on the bill, I tear up the bill. It is very convenient.

I have no conviction, if that’s what you mean. I blow with the wind, and the prevailing wind happens to be from Vichy.

Major Strasser has been shot. [pause] Round up the usual suspects. (AFI #32)

Rick, you’re not only a sentimentalist, but you’ve become a patriot.

You mustn’t underestimate American blundering. I was with them when they “blundered” into Berlin in 1918.

Spoken by Guillermo Ugarte played by Peter Lorre

You know, Rick, I have many a friend in Casablanca, but somehow, just because you despise me, you are the only one I trust.

Spoken by Ilsa Lund played by Ingrid Bergman:

Play it once, Sam, for old times’ sake. Play it, Sam. Play “As Time Goes By.” (AFI #28)
This is misquoted as “Play it again, Sam” — one of the most misquoted lines in film history. Very likely the title of a film by Woody Allen, Play It Again Sam, in 1972 contributed to the ongoing misquotation of the line.

Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time.

Sung by Sam played by Dooley Wilson:

You must remember this / A kiss is still a kiss / A sigh is just a sigh / The fundamental things apply / As time goes by. / And when two lovers woo, / They still say, “I love you” / On that you can rely / No matter what the future brings…

Famous dialogue in final scene between Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lund:

Rick: Last night we said a great many things. You said I was to do the thinking for both of us. Well, I’ve done a lot of it since then, and it all adds up to one thing: you’re getting on that plane with Victor where you belong.

Ilsa: But, Richard, no, I… I…

Rick: Now, you’ve got to listen to me! You have any idea what you’d have to look forward to if you stayed here? Nine chances out of ten, we’d both wind up in a concentration camp. Isn’t that true, Louie?

Captain Renault: I’m afraid Major Strasser would insist.

Ilsa: You’re saying this only to make me go.

Rick: I’m saying it because it’s true. Inside of us, we both know you belong with Victor. You’re part of his work, the thing that keeps him going. If that plane leaves the ground and you’re not with him, you’ll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.

Ilsa: But what about us?

Rick: We’ll always have Paris. (AFI #43) We didn’t have, we, we lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night.

Ilsa: When I said I would never leave you.

Rick: And you never will. But I’ve got a job to do, too. Where I’m going, you can’t follow. What I’ve got to do, you can’t be any part of. Ilsa, I’m no good at being noble, but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you’ll understand that.

[Ilsa lowers her head and begins to cry]

Rick: Now, now…

[Rick gently places his hand under her chin and raises it so their eyes meet]

Rick: Here’s looking at you kid. (AFI #5)

Read related posts: Casablanca at 70, Bogart

For further reading: We’ll Always Have Paris by Robert Nowlan, Harper (1995), The Dictionary of Film Quotations by Melinda Corey and George Ochoa, Crown (1995).  The Oxford Dictionary of Catchphrases by Anna Farkas, Oxford (2002). http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Casablanca_(film)

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