PG | | Drama, Romance, War
A cynical nightclub owner protects an old flame and her husband from Nazis in Morocco.
The film is renowned for the international diversity of its cast and crew. Only three of the main players (Humphrey Bogart, Joy Page and Dooley Wilson) were American-born. Conrad Veidt and Curt Bois were from Germany, Peter Lorre from what is now Slovakia, S.Z. Sakall and director Michael Curtiz were from Hungary, Ingrid Bergman from Sweden, Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet and editor Owen Marks from England, Paul Henreid, Helmut Dantine and composer Max Steiner from Austria, Madeleine Lebeau and Marcel Dalio from France, Leonid Kinskey from Russia, John Qualen from Canada (along with Warners chief Jack L. Warner). In addition, of the 93 uncredited extras, 71% were not American-born.
With the coming of the Second World War, many eyes in imprisoned Europe turned hopefully, or desperately, toward the freedom of the Americas. Lisbon became the great embarkation point. But, not everybody could get to Lisbon directly, and so a ...
French officer: To ...
Throughout the film, liquor bottles are seen with USA tax revenue stickers across the tops of the bottles.
At the time of release, the film was banned in Germany because the story was considered to be anti-Nazi propaganda by the wartime censors. After the end of World War II, the picture was finally released in Germany but with around 20 minutes of footage cut (all scenes with Major Strasser and all references to Nazism). Other scenes were dubbed so that they had a totally different meaning (Victor Laszlo became Victor Larsen, an atomic physicist). In the 70s the film was redubbed by the ZDF, this time in its uncut form.
English, French, German, Italian
$181,494 (USA) (12 April 1992)
$1,024,560 (USA) (16 November 2017)
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