One the things that I do when I am working at home is plop in a movie to create some ambient or cafe noise. One of my all-time favorite movies is Casablanca (1942). Rick Blaine is about as cool as one can be and one cannot miss the movie’s politics and meaning during that time. While this flick is packed with great quotes, I am always moved by the last few minutes where Rick tells Ilsa goodbye and why. Nobility, sacrifice, solidarity compassion and cool all rolled into one.My vote for all-time best-ever movie dialog, with most of Wedding Crashers coming in a close second 😉
RICK: Last night we said a great many things. You said I was to do the
thinking for both of us. Well, I’ve done a lot of it since then, and it
all adds up to one thing: you’re getting on that plane with Victor
where you belong.
ILSA: But, Richard, no, I… I…
RICK: Now, you’ve got to listen to me! You have any idea what you’d have to
look forward to if you stayed here? Nine chances out of ten, we’d both
wind up in a concentration camp. Isn’t that true, Louie?
CAPTAIN RENAULT: I’m afraid Major Strasser would insist.
ILSA: You’re saying this only to make me go.
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
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.
Here is a great link for more audio and quotes.