Saturday, August 12, 2006

Ilsa: Play it once, Sam. For old times' sake.

Sam: [lying] I don't know what you mean, Miss Elsa.

Ilsa: Play it, Sam. Play "As Time Goes By."

Sam: [lying] Oh, I can't remember it, Miss Elsa. I'm a little rusty on it.

Ilsa: I'll hum it for you. Da..dee..da..dee..da..dum, da..dee..da..dee..da..dum...

[Sam begins playing on the piano]

Ilsa: Sing it, Sam.

Sam: [singing] You must remember this / A kiss is still a kiss / A sigh is just a sigh / The fundamental things apply / As time goes by. / And when two lovers woo, / They still say, "I love you" / On that you can rely / No matter what the future brings...

Rick: [rushing up] Sam, I thought I told you never to play...

[Rick sees Ilsa. Sam closes the piano and rolls it away]


Rick: How can you close me up? On what grounds?

Captain Renault: I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here.

[A casino worker gives Renault a wad of money.]

Casino Worker: Your winnings, sir.

Captain Renault: [Quietly] Oh, thank you very much. [Loudly] Everybody out at once.


Rick: Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.


Renault: What in heaven's name brought you to Casablanca?

Rick: My health. I came for the waters.

Renault: The waters? What waters? We're in the desert.

Rick: I was misinformed.

Captain Renault: Major Strasser has been shot. Round up the usual suspects.

Ilsa: I know I'll never have the strength to leave you again. I can't fight it anymore. I ran away from you once. I can't do it again.

Rick: I'm saying it because it's true. Inside of us, we both know you belong with Victor. You're part of his work, the thing that keeps him going. If that plane leaves the ground and you're not with him, you'll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.

Ilsa: But what about us?

Rick: We'll always have Paris. We didn't have, we, we lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night.

Ilsa: When I said I would never leave you.

Rick: And you never will. But I've got a job to do, too. Where I'm going, you can't follow. What I've got to do, you can't be any part of. Ilsa, I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you'll understand that. Now, now... Here's looking at you kid.

. . .as Rick and Captain Louis Renault walk off:

Rick: Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.


4 comments:

Richard said...

Arthur, do you think someone is planning a modern, color version of "Casablanca" starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie? (A dreadful thought.)

Arthur said...

Let's hope we never have to face that travesty, but now that I think of it, I believe I have a copy tucked away somewhere of the colorized version of the original "Casablanca" ??

Richard said...

Ooh, colorized "Casablanca." That's a good definition of pornography, isn't it?

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