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Greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends, a mafia underboss and a casino owner, for 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 <>

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Luck has nothing to do with the games they play. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

22 November 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kazino  »

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Box Office


$52,000,000 (estimated)


$42,438,300 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


There's no plot at all," Martin Scorsese said in an interview included on the Blu-ray. "It's three hours, no plot. So you know this going in. There's a lot of action, a lot of story, but no plot." See more »


Before the pen-attack in the bar Nicky can be seen drinking his drink. Seen from another angle, the glass is on the bar is untouched. See more »


[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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Crazy Credits

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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(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Written by Mick Jagger (uncredited) and Keith Richards (uncredited)
Performed by Devo
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Inc.
by Arrangement with Warner Special Products and Courtesy of Promotone B.V.
Published by ABKCO Music, Inc.
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I never knew Sharon Stone was so talented
18 December 1998 | by (Aylesbury, England) – See all my reviews

What a fantastic movie, thanks to its cast, top heavy with stars and fine direction of the "Oscar begging" Martin Scorsese. Robert de Niro and Joe Pesci are great, as always, together. But, surprisingly, it's Sharon Stone that comes of with all the acting credit, she simply effervesces as the gold digging casino hustler. After witnessing her performance myself I couldn't agree more, and think she deserves a place above Susan Sarandon who "stole" the Academy Award from under Sharon's nose. The photography is phenomenal and combined with great acting is a recipe for a classy film. However occasional brilliant sequences, are often marred by the continuous commentary, which prevents any real, deep, emotional involvement with any of the characters. Great stuff, just slightly flawed.9/10.

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