Casablanca

A Night in Casablanca may not qualify as a Marx Brothers classic, but it's certainly the best of their latter-day comedies. "This picture is funnier than all but a handful of their earlier ones," wrote the usually cantankerous Pauline Kael, and she's right. The Big Store would have been t…






Renault:
Well, Rick, you're not only a sentimentalist, but you've become a patriot.

Rick:
Maybe, but it seemed like a good time to start.

Renault:
I think perhaps you're right. [he pours the Vichy water into a glass, but then sees its label; with a look of disgust, he quickly drops the bottle into a trash basket and kicks it over] It might be a good idea for you to disappear from Casablanca for a while. There's a Free French garrison over at Brazzaville. I could be induced to arrange a passage.

Rick:
My letter of transit? I could use a trip. But it doesn't make any difference about our bet. You still owe me ten thousand francs.

Renault:
And that ten thousand francs should pay our expenses.

Rick:
Our expenses?

Renault:
Mm-hm.

Rick:
[Rick walks off with Renault across the wet runway into the mist] Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Bolded section ranked #20 in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema.

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