In the early years of the Second World War, December 1941, the Moroccan coastal city of Casablanca brings folks from all around the globe, especially Nazi-occupied Europe. Many are currently attempting to move out of Europe; a few are simply attempting to make a dollar.
Ugarte (Peter Lorre) comes to Rick’s with letters of transportation system he got by killing two German couriers. The documents enable the bearer to travel around German-controlled Europe, including Portugal, to neutral Lisbon; from Lisbon, it is not too hard to get to America. They may be virtually priceless to the refugees. Ugarte intends to make his fortune by selling them to the highest bidder, who’s due to arrive at the club after that night. Yet, before the exchange may take place, Ugarte is detained by law enforcement under the command of Captain Louis Renault (Claude Rains). Renault, a tainted Vichy official suits the Nazis.
Subsequently the reason for Rick’s cynicism reenters his life. Laszlo is a well-known Czech Resistance leader who has escaped from a Nazi concentration camp. At the time Ilsa fell in love with Rick in Paris and met, she considered her husband was killed. When she found he was living, she returned leaving Rick feeling betrayed and left Rick suddenly. After the nightclub closes, Ilsa returns to try and describe, but Rick is drunk and bitterly won’t listen.
The renowned line “Play it again, Sam,” which refers to the tune, does not really appear in the film — Ilsa says “Play it, Sam,” and afterwards, Rick orders “Play it!” Rick reminisces about his relationship with Ilsa in Paris while Sam plays the tune. Though she looks happy to be with Rick, her disposition near the ending of the time is careful because she’s learned her husband may alive. When the Nazis start to close in on Paris, she receives word that Victor is truly not dead in another part of Europe. Rick and she were intending to take a train to escape the assault of the German Army; yet, on the stage a handwritten letter is received by Rick . She writes that she can not describe why she is leaving him but he is loved by her. Sam and Rick leave without her.
Another night, Laszlo and he, supposing that Rick has the letters, speak in private about getting them. Laszlo begins singing, alone in the beginning, then long-suppressed patriotic fervor holds everyone and the bunch joins in, drowning the Germans out. In retaliation, Strasser orders Renault to shut the nightclub.
Ilsa faces Rick in the abandoned cafe after that night. He won’t give the records to her, even when threatened with a firearm. She’s not able to shoot, admitting that he is still loved by her. Rick determines to help Laszlo, leading her to consider that she is going to stay behind when Laszlo leaves.
Laszlo is jailed on a charge that was minor. Rick convinces Laszlo, guaranteeing to set him up for a considerably more serious crime: possession of the letters of passage to be released by Renault. Yet, Rick double crosses Renault, compelling him to help in the getaway. At the last minute, Rick makes Ilsa get on the plane to Lisbon with her husband, telling her that she’d regret it if she remained: “Perhaps not today. Perhaps not tomorrow, but soon and for the remainder of your life.”
Rick shoots him when he attempts to intercede, although major Strasser drives up, tipped off by Renault. Then he urges that they both leave at Casablanca. Renault, proposing they join the Opposition, walks into the fog with Rick who says “Louis, I believe this can be the start of a lovely friendship.”
Here’s Looking At You, Kid…