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Casino (1995)

A tale of greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a casino executive, compete against each other over a gambling empire and over a fast living and fast loving woman.

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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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They had it all, they ran the show, and it was paradise...while it lasted. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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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22 November 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$52,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$42,438,300 (USA)
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Trivia

The eighth Martin Scorsese/Robert De Niro film. The Irishman (2018) will be their ninth collaboration. See more »

Goofs

SPOILER. As Nicky and his brother are being buried in the desert grave, Dominick is dumped into the grave first and lands on his right side, facing right. The next time we see him, moments later, he is lying on his left side, and facing left as Nicky is dumped on top of him. See more »

Quotes

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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Empire: Toil and Trouble, Part 1 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

I Ain't Superstitious
Written by Willie Dixon
Performed by Jeff Beck
Courtesy of Epic Records
by Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Published by Hoochie Coochie Music
(Administered by Bug)
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Brilliant acting. Superb story based on events that happened in real life.
22 January 2005 | by (London UK) – See all my reviews

Martin Scorcese's harsh and yet delicately balanced masterpiece rises above anything petty meaning that if one wishes and has the ability and means to create a Sicilian mafia movie he should do so with grandeur and put into it as much effort as possible for people remember those who take advantage of their talent and circumstances and are diligent in their undertakings. Casino is in my opinion an epic, but it's much more than that. This film speaks even to those who dislike the subject of organized crime. You have to be objective when judging this movie and those of us who criticize everything that stands out amongst the grey background of that which is mediocre are fools who envy others' accomplishments and view them as insults to their own personal uselessness. Casino is one of the best movies of the 90's. In fact, in my opinion, it's one of the best organized crime movies of all time. Its moral is that no matter how tough you think you are there's always someone you answer to and that you ultimately will, indeed, if you screw things up.


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