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>
Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive strong language, drug use and some sexuality
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Did You Know?
Martin Scorsese, who admired comedians, cast many individuals who had a background in stand up comedy in non-comic roles in "Casino," including Don Rickles, Alan King, Kevin Pollak, Dick Smothers, Steve Allen, and Anthony Russell. See more
Don Ward, the fired overseer of the slot machines, is said to be the county commissioner's cousin, but later is said to be a brother-in-law. These terms are not mutually exclusive - his "hillbilly" accent makes it even easier to believe that he can be both. See more
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
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'll Take You There
Written by Al Bell
Performed by The Staple Singers
Courtesy of Fantasy, Inc.
Published by Irving Music, Inc. See more