Who said it: The Casablanca quotes quiz


By: Olivia Cantor

4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Casablanca is a 1942 romantic drama set during World War II. Directed by Michael Curtis, the film generated many lines that became classics in world cinema history. These lines are now part of our timeless pop culture. Think you know enough of them? Take this quiz and find out!

Who said this: “Unoccupied France welcomes you to Casablanca."

During the war, Vichy France is the term used for the unoccupied parts of the country. It extends to French territories as well. As a Vichy official, Renault holds the rank of captain.


Who said this: “Oh, we Germans must get used to all climates, from Russia to the Sahara. But perhaps you were not referring to the weather."

WWII armies can also exist in "strategic peace." When encountering other officials, even the German officers can also be courteous in neutral territory. Strasser, a German officer, holds the rank of major, and interacts courteously in this scene.


Who said this: “Madame, he never drinks with customers. Never. I have never seen it."

Carl is an honest and dependable waiter at Rick’s cafe. It's unclear if he is also a former staff of Rick outside of Casablanca. But Rick develops workers loyal to him, wherever he goes.


Who said this: “Your cash is good at the bar."

Rick doesn’t believe in letting people inside his VIP area just because they are rich. He is gutsy as he is principled. High connections don't impress him.


Who said this: “What right do I have to think?"

Ugarte is a black market dealer. During war times, these dealers are either life-savers or scums. Ugarte seems to be both.


Who said this: “I don't mind a parasite. I object to a cut-rate one."

Rick wasn’t really interested in Ugarte’s underhanded dealings. He was merely making conversation with him in this scene. You can see it in his disinterested reactions.


Who said this: “You despise me, don't you?"

Ugarte is Italian-born but is a North African dealer. He senses Rick's true opinions of him in this scene. But he takes it in stride.


Who said this: “Too bad. That's Casablanca's leading commodity. In refugees alone, we could make a fortune, if you work with me through the black market."

Ferrari is a businessman with legitimate fronts and illegitimate dealings. During war times, it's not unusual to be a businessman serving both sides. They're after profit, after all.


Who said this: “Suppose you run your business and let me run mine."

Rick was talking to Ferrari when he said this line. Both are businessmen but they have different stands on issues. They also have different political leanings.


Who said this: “My dear Rick, when will you realize that in this world, today, isolationism is no longer a practical policy?"

In Casablanca, many Europeans come for holiday or to work. Signor Ferrari is an Englishman who settled there. Opportunities abound in foreign lands for businessmen like him.


Who said this: "I like it fine here."

Sam is the loyal employee of RIck. He appears to be a longtime employee of Rick's. But it's unsure if they worked in the USA together prior to being in Casablanca.


Who said this: “How extravagant you are - throwing away women like that. Some day they may be scarce."

Renault makes this comment when he observes how Rick treats his women. Apparently, the American is seeing a woman. But the woman feels that they have a deeper relationship than how Rick interprets it.


Who said this: “I stick my neck out for nobody."

Rick tries so hard to be apolitical during such politically strife times. His stoic demeanor is consistent during confrontations like this scene. But his character eventually reveals something deeper.


Who said this: “Rick, there are many exit visas sold in this cafe, but we know that you've never sold one. That is the reason we permit you to remain open."

Renault is fishing for information from Rick, as usual. They usually do this info-fishing dance. But the ritual always falls flat on Renault's face.


Who said this: “My interest in whether Victor Laszlo stays or goes is purely a sporting one."

Two important characters are about to be introduced to Rick soon. In this scene, Rick acts as if he doesn't care. But it seems that he cares more than what is seen or revealed.


Who said this: “I'm only a poor corrupt official."

Renault and Rick are now arranging a bet about Lazlo. The officer is still fishing for information. But Rick is always steps ahead.


Who said this: “Excuse me, gentlemen. Your business is politics. Mine is running a saloon."

Rick is discussing with Renault and Strasser at this point. if he has his way, he wouldn't want these kinds of characters in his saloon. But business is business, so everyone's welcome.


Who said this: “I'm sure you'll excuse me if I'm not gracious. But you see Major Strasser, I'm a Czechoslovakian."

Victor Laszlo just arrived in Casablanca when he said this line. Unfortunately, his welcome party is not so welcoming. But it's unoccupied territory, so he can't be touched.


Who said this: “You used to be a much better liar, Sam."

Ilsa is conversing with the piano player when she said this line. This establishes that Ilsa and Sam know each other prior to meeting in Casablanca. It also establishes that Sam worked for Rick prior to being in Casablanca.


Who said this: “Leave him alone, Miss Ilsa. You're bad luck to him."

Sam is looking out for his boss again. His loyalty extends beyond work relations. Sam also cares for his boss' emotional welfare.


Who said this: “Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By.’"

Out of the handful of classic lines in this film, this one stands out the most. While said clearly enough, people often misquote this as “Play it again, Sam." And that's why it stands out -- for the error.


Who said this: “Ricky, you're becoming quite human. I suppose we have to thank you for that, Mademoiselle."

Renault also tries to tease Rick as often as he can. He's under the impression that they're friends. But it's an unrequited treatment.


Who said this: “A very puzzling fellow, this Rick. What sort is he?"

Laszlo is puzzled about the American saloon owner. While he finds his behavior odd, he is also intrigued. Europeans clash with Americans this way sometimes.


Who said this: “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."

Rick is back to drinking his woes away. Heartbreak drives even the strongest men weak. Alcohol becomes a best friend during these times.


Who said this: “With the whole world crumbling, we pick this time to fall in love."

Ilsa speaks this while in Paris. You'd think she's addressing Victor here. But it's actually Rick who's the recipient.


Who said this: “You played it for her, you can play it for me. If she can stand it, I can. Play it!"

A hard and stoic man like Rick can also get sentimental. Apparently, a hard and stoic man can also have romantic theme songs. In this scene, Rick asks Sam to play that for him.


Who said this: “Was that cannon fire or is it my heart pounding?"

Ilsa was with Rick when she said this. A girl in love knows a lot of hyperboles for sure. It enamors the lovers even more.


Who said this: “Here's looking at you, kid."

RIck’s sentimentality is shown in his words and actions. This line is one example of that. He says this line more than once in the film.


Who said this: “You must know it's very important I get out of Casablanca. It's my privilege to be one of the leaders of a great movement. Do you know what I've been doing?"

Lazslo was trying to convince Rick about handing over the exit visas for them. He explains his work as a resistance fighter. But his demeanor doesn't show it much.


Who said this: “I wish I didn't love you so much."

Rick and Ilsa share the same sentimentality when in love. Maybe that's why they clicked together. Sadly, their circumstances didn't.


Who said this: “That is my least vulnerable spot."

Renault has a gun pointed at him in this scene. Rick points to his heart, threatening to shoot there. And this line was the retort.


Who said this: “We'll always have Paris."

Rick is obviously still in love with Ilsa. Even upon seeing her with her husband, his feelings didn't change. But he is hiding his hurt.


Who said this: “Round up the usual suspects."

Renault asks fellow officers to look for suspects. it's a way of luring them away from the real assassin. It's also a way to hide the truth.


Who said this: “Perhaps you have already observed that in Casablanca human life is cheap."

Having Major Strasser around is stressful for Rick. The German official brings tension. Tension is always bad for business.


Who said this: “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

Rick seems to have softened his stance of Captain Renault by the end of the film. They end up both covering up for each other. This last scene becomes iconic for the film as it ends with this line.


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