Re: Fatal Flaw?
No matter what the last image would have been, Rick's the protag. You could have ended it with Ilsa looking down and it wouldn't have changed that.
Earlier, Jim said "Once Lazlo gets those letters, the problems in the story are resolved and the film is over." This is really the crux of why I disagree - no one really gives a shit whether or not Laszlo gets the letters. No one is following that, or wondering if he will. They want to know if Rick will get Ilsa. When he makes that decision, the movie is over.
Do you think people walked out of the movie saying "thank god Laszlo got away" or "I can't believe that Rick put her on the plane"?