I personally think this movie is instantly made a classic just because of what it is based upon and what era in time it's released to the public. It's the thing that people were constantly talking about during this time, "all the rage." It's what people were gossiping about, of course it will be a hit.
I think just the whole war aspect of the movie stood out to me the most. Going into this movie I really had no idea exactly what to expect. I can honestly say I had heard the term, "Casablanca" but never heard about the movie and what it was about/based upon. So, coming into class and watching this I definitely had an open mind and had no clue what was going on at first.
The character that meant the most to me in this movie, but more so, stood out to me the most was Rick. He is introduced into this movie by first showing all the carelessness he has for everything. It showed us how he never "sticks his head in for nobody" ever. But as we watch the movie and become more familiar with the characters and what is going on, Ilsa and her husband come into play and change everything. When Ilsa in introduced and there is a flashback of the past, Rick's "front" he put on in the beginning takes a complete 360 turn. It's interesting to see a man crack just like that, no matter how long it has been since he was hurt.