Here’s Looking At You Kid: Casablanca Quotes

Tuesday, August 30 by Lee Grayson

"Casablanca" quotes feature actors from the dramatic 1942 film starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid. Rick is a world traveling, solder of fortune, fun loving guy out to make a buck, regardless of which side he earns the buck from. The beautiful Ilsa Lund attracts the attention of both Rick and Victor. Mr. Henreid plays Ilsa's lover, Victor Laszlo, and necessary spy guy for the good guys in World War II. The overall plot of "Casablanca" follows the exploits of the doomed lovers Rick and Ilsa, who know their love can't last because Victor, an important French Underground operative, lives on every word from Ilsa's lips. If she walks, he's disheartened and the war effort might just go down the drain. Nobody dies in this love triangle, but the unrequited love borders on a level with Romeo and Juliet

"Play it once, Sam. For old times' sake." Ilsa to Sam the piano player. This is the most quoted and misquoted in the entire "Casablanca" film. The common interpretation is "Play again, Sam." This "Casablanca" quote never appears in the film. Ilsa wants to remember her time with Rick in Paris, but the piano player attempts to talk her out of going down memory lane by claiming he can't remember the tune. She then hums it for him. It's a chick flick heart tug that even males can appreciate because Rick is such a tough guy who already had Sam play the tune "As Time Goes By" for him. 

"I remember every detail. The Germans wore gray, you wore blue." Sam to Ilsa. She remembers their meeting in Paris when the Germans occupied Paris. Rick is unconcerned about the politics of life and focuses on her. This quote sets up Rick's character for the end of the film change to a man with a conscious to support the Allies in the war effort. If Sam can be persuaded, certainly the audience will throw a few bucks into the buckets at the film theaters after the showing. They might even buy a few war bonds during the intermission promotion.

"We mustn't underestimate 'American blundering.' I was with them when they 'blundered' into Berlin in 1918." Major Strasser to Captain Renault. This "Casablanca" quote involves an understanding of history. Casablanca, at the time of the film, was technically not controlled by any one group. The Germans, French, English and Americans all hung in the city's bars and restaurants. Major Strasser, a German, is attempting to rub in the fact that the Germans are running over Europe. Captain Renault, a Frenchman who worked with the Americans, reminds Strasser that the Americans ran the Germans out of both Paris and their own capital city of Berlin in World War I. Ouch. 

"Are you one of those people who cannot imagine the Germans in their beloved Paris?" Major Strasser. "It's not particularly my beloved Parks." Rick. Another dialog that sets up Rick's feeling of a gun runner without a home before his shift to patriotism. Major Strasser is baiting Rick to test him to see where his loyalties lie. A set up "Casablanca" quote for the ending when Rick turns into a major Ally war supporter. 

"I can't fight it anymore. I ran away from you once. I can't do it again. Oh, I don't know what's right any longer. You have to think for both of us. For all of us." Ilsa. "All right. I will. Here's looking for you, kid." Rick. Another of the classic "Casablanca" quotes from the film. Rick and Ilsa still love each other, but at this point in the film they both get that their love is not possible. She's hopelessly in love with Rick and knows that Victor needs her to go on with his German spying. Rick is left to make the decision and he takes the patriotic road and gives her to Laszlo. A bit of chauvinistic plotting, but it worked in 1942.