The moment: Of all the gin joints in all the world, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) had to walk into Rick's (Humphrey Bogart). But after a brief flirtation with his hetero past, Rick packs Ilsa and her husband onto a plane bound for America. Bittersweet? Not for long, as Rick immediately hooks up with local cop Capt. Renault. As the two men walk off into the night together, Rick declares his feelings: "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
Milestone or misfire? Milestone. One of the all-time great endings, one of the all-time great ending lines. See it as a tragic ending to a doomed hetero love affair or the meet-cute between two men in northern Africa. The film has something for everyone.