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Greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two mobster best friends and a trophy wife over a gambling empire.

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This Martin Scorsese film depicts the Janus-like quality of Las Vegas--it has a glittering, glamorous face, as well as a brutal, cruel one. Ace Rothstein and Nicky Santoro, mobsters who move to Las Vegas to make their mark, live and work in this paradoxical world. Seen through their eyes, each as a foil to the other, the details of mob involvement in the casinos of the 1970's and '80's are revealed. Ace is the smooth operator of the Tangiers casino, while Nicky is his boyhood friend and tough strongman, robbing and shaking down the locals. However, they each have a tragic flaw--Ace falls in love with a hustler, Ginger, and Nicky falls into an ever-deepening spiral of drugs and violence. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive strong language, drug use and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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22 November 1995 (USA)  »

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$52,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$42,438,300 (USA)
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Trivia

Joe Pesci's character (Nicky) is based upon the real life person Anthony Spilotro. Several scenes and minor details about his character were taken directly from the book "Casino" by Nicholas Pileggi. One example is when Nicky is nervously discussing the police and FBI watching him. Pesci is seen biting the cuticles of his thumb when talking about the situation. Thus is in direct reference to a testimony from Frank Cullota, "...He used to chew on the cuticle of his right thumb. If you looked at it sometimes it was all raw and chewed away." (Pg. 163 from "Casino") See more »

Goofs

When Sam and Nicky are driving down the strip, and Nicky is having the conversation with Sam about what he thinks of him moving out to Vegas, the lengths that both of their windows are rolled down changes from shot to shot (especially Nicky's), and it's obvious that neither of them actually touch the window control to put it up or down. See more »

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[first lines]
Ace Rothstein: [voice-over] When you love someone, you've gotta trust them. There's no other way. You've got to give them the key to everything that's yours. Otherwise, what's the point? And for a while, I believed, that's the kind of love I had.
[Ace's car explodes]
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SPOILER: Nicky is about to finish his narration, he's cut short by the mobsters wanting to whack him. See more »

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Soundtracks

How High The Moon
Written by Nancy Hamilton & Morgan Lewis
Performed by Les Paul & Mary Ford
Courtesy of Capitol Records
under License from CEMA Special Markets
Published by Chappell & Co.
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The most uncompromising studio picture of the 1990s.

A complex, multilayered, beautifully directed film, Martin Scorsese's Casino is a masterpiece of destruction and betrayal. Few films take so many chances and succeed so wonderfully. It takes some of the basic formulas that were found in Goodfellas and applies them to another type of story - while Goodfellas' view was ground-level, telling the story of the "blue collar" gangsters of NYC, this film tells the story of the guys who controlled those guys. And it's fascinating to watch these people run Las Vegas, control the flow of money, and then fall from the heights of power due to lust, hubris, and greed. An amazing film that will hopefully get the recognition it deserves in the years to come.


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