Rick, a now bitter former freedom fighter and current popular nightclub owner in World War II Casablanca, a hotbed of intrigue and a transit point for those seeking to flee Nazi tyranny, has his world disrupted by the arrival of resistance leader Victor Lazslo and his wife Ilsa, who happens to be Rick's lost love. Some might see this as a typical Hollywood plot--and it is--but this was one of the first and still one of the best as most movies are pathetic shadows of this classic. One of my mom's favorite films and mine as well. casablanca