Richard BlaineRichard "Rick" Blaine
is the lead character in the fictional film Casablanca.
An American who cannot return to his country for reasons that are "rather vague", Rick runs the biggest cafe in Casablanca
, mecca for European refugees during World War II
. Employing African American
Sam ("As Time Goes By") as piano
player and singer, Russian
Sasha as bartender, and a French
speaker at the roulette
table, Rick has a microcosm of the world under his roof.
A girl he knew and loved in Paris, Ilsa Lund, suddenly appears in Rick's cafe on the arm of resistance hero Victor Laszlo; Rick is bitter that she left him and caught between self-interest and loyalty towards Ilsa.