Casablanca in unoccupied French territory in the Second World War is the gateway to freedom from Nazi-controlled Europe. Migrants, refugees and rebels have congregated here to seek the elusive exit visas to leave for America. It is a lawless border-town where life is cheap and everything is bartered or bribed for on the black-market. For someone like Richard Blaine, owner of a popular nightspot, an American with a known record of supporting underdog rebellions, and an outsider who would be shot on sight if he set foot in occupied Europe, staying neutral in Casablanca is not just good business, it is the only way to survive. But he does not seem to covet the exit visas that are traded in his cafe that would be his ticket home to America, preferring to remain anonymous amidst the chaos where life will not make any demands of him aside from the cold, hard business of survival.
German couriers are murdered (5 min)
Anyone wishing to escape imprisoned Europe through Casablanca requires an exit visa. Couriers are murdered while delivering documents and police round up the usual suspects. One tries to run and is shot dead; he turns out to be an anti-Nazi rebel. A pickpocket explains the commotion to tourists, and then robs them. Nazi officer Strasser arrives to monitor the murder investigation. Police prefect Renault welcomes him and promises to capture the culprit that night at Rick's Cafe.
Rick hides the exit visas (10 min)
Rick's Cafe is bustling with diverse European migrants. They are unable to leave for lack of exit visas and wile their time away gambling, bartering and scheming. Rick’s staff keep nosy customers away from their elusive boss. Rick denies entry to a professional German gambler. Ugarte tries to convince Rick to help him hide the exit visas. Rick hides the visas in Sam’s piano. Rick turns down Ferrari’s offer to buy his cafe and partner in refugee smuggling. Sam sticks with Rick over Ferrari. Rick spurns Yvonne and sends her home.
Renault warns Rick (5 min)
Renault fails to get Rick to divulge why Rick does not want to go back to America. Rick assures Renault he won’t interfere with the upcoming arrest. Renault warns Rick not to help Victor Laslo. Rick bets that Victor will escape. Renault discloses Rick’s rebel war record and asks Rick to remain neutral.
Renault captures Ugarte (5 min)
Rick meets Ilsa (10 min)
Victor Laslo and Ilsa arrive at the Cafe to look for Ugarte. Berger, a rebel, greets Victor. Renault greets Victor and Ilsa. Ilsa inquires about Rick. Renault praises Rick. Strasser threatens Victor. Renault orders Victor and Ilsa to visit his office for an interrogation. Berger tells Victor Ugarte has been captured. Berger invites Victor to an underground rebel meeting. Sam asks Ilsa to leave Rick alone. Ilsa asks Sam to play As Time Goes By. Rick stops Sam. Rick meets Ilsa. Renault introduce Rick to Ilsa and Victor. Rick joins them and picks up the bill. Renault orders Victor and Ilsa followed.
Paris (10 min)
Rick drinks and waits for Ilsa. Sam tries to convince him to leave. Rick asks Sam to play As Time Goes By. Rick remembers his time with Ilsa in Paris. Rick asks Ilsa why there is no other man in her life. Ilsa tells him there was, and he is dead. The Germans march toward Paris. Rick and Ilsa prepare to leave Paris by train. Rick proposes to Ilsa. Ilsa does not show up, she writes Rick that he will never see her again.
Drunk encounter (3 min)
Interrogation (3 min)
Blue Parrot (6 min)
Ferrari offers to help Rick sell the exit visas. Victor comes to ask Ferrari for help. Rick demands an explanation from Ilsa. Ilsa never wants to see him again. Rick calls Ilsa a coward and propositions her. Ilsa tells Rick Victor is and was her husband and leaves. Ferrari offers to get an exit visa just for Ilsa, she refuses to leave Victor. Ferrari offers a tip to Victor to ask Rick for the exit visas.
Rick's is shut down (15min)
Rick drinks alone. A French soldier fights with a German soldier for dating Yvonne. Strasser asks Renault to consider killing Victor. A couple celebrates their imminent departure from Casablanca. A young woman asks Rick whether Renault will keep his word to help her if she sleeps with him. Rick says yes. She asks Rick whether her husband will hate her for cheating on him to make him happy. Rick says no one ever loved him that much and advises her to give up. Rick asks Emil to help the young woman’s husband win his payment to Renault. Victor and Ilsa arrive. Victor approaches Rick and offers a fortune for the visas. Rick refuses and tells Victor to ask Ilsa for the reason. The Germans sing, Victor leads other patrons sing La Marseillaise, Rick allows it. The Germans are beaten back. Strasser asks Renault to shut down Rick’s and he does. Strasser warns Ilsa that Victor will die in Casablanca.
After hours (15 min)
Victor and Ilsa get back to their hotel. Victor tells Ilsa about Rick’s refusal to sell the visas and asks her if she wants to tell him why. Ilsa does not. Victor comforts Ilsa. Victor leaves for the underground meeting. The Professor tallies up Rick's finances for him and then leaves for the underground meeting. Ilsa waits for Rick in his room. Ilsa tries to get the exit visas from Rick. Rick thinks she is just using him again. Ilsa threatens Rick with a gun and Rick is unmoved. Ilsa tells Rick the truth: she thought Victor was dead in Paris, she still loves Rick and will stay with him. Ilsa asks Rick to help Victor leave Casablanca alone. The Professor and Victor escape from the meeting to the cafe. Rick asks the Professor to escort Ilsa home. Rick questions Victor's idealism. Victor questions Rick's ambivalence. Victor tells Rick he knows they are both in love with Ilsa and asks Rick to take Ilsa away to safety. The police come and arrest Victor.
The goodbye (3 min)
Rick tries to convince Renault to let Victor go. Renault tells Rick he is powerless to help. Rick states he has the exit visas and intends to use them to leave Casablanca with Ilsa on the last plane of the day. Rick convinces Renault to let Victor go and to recapture him trying to escape Casablanca. Rick sells his cafe to Ferrari.
The real goodbye (10 min)
Renault, Victor and Ilsa arrive at Rick's. Renault arrests Victor. Rick forces Renault to take them all to the airport. Renault informs Strasser. They arrive at the airport. Rick tells Renault to fill in Victor and Ilsa's names on the exit visas. Rick convinces Ilsa to go. Rick tells Victor Ilsa pretended to love him to help Victor. Strasser arrives. Rick shoots Strasser. Victor and Ilsa get away. Renault helps Rick get away.