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 socialite.

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writers:

Nicholas Pileggi (book), Nicholas Pileggi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
Sharon Stone ... Ginger McKenna
Joe Pesci ... Nicky Santoro
James Woods ... Lester Diamond
Don Rickles ... Billy Sherbert
Alan King ... Andy Stone
Kevin Pollak ... Phillip Green
L.Q. Jones ... Pat Webb
Dick Smothers ... Senator
Frank Vincent ... Frank Marino
John Bloom ... Don Ward
Pasquale Cajano ... Remo Gaggi
Melissa Prophet Melissa Prophet ... Jennifer Santoro
Bill Allison Bill Allison ... John Nance
Vinny Vella ... Artie Piscano
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Storyline

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 1970s and '80s 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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Winner loses all. See more »

Genres:

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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Trivia

The sunglasses that Robert De Niro wears in the scene when he meets Joe Pesci in the desert were selected by Mr. De Niro. See more »

Goofs

During car ride where Nicky is discussing possibility of moving to Las Vegas with Sam, scenery outside window flip flops wildly from shots of downtown Vegas to scenes of miles-away Vegas Strip. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Alternate Versions

In India, the theatrical release was heavily cut, despite of being given an A (adults only) certificate. Following were the cuts made:
  • Reduce to a flash the visuals of the woman undressing and her nudity.
  • Reduce by 50% the beating of the hand with a hammer.
  • Reduce by 50% the scene in which the man is tortured with his head in the vice.
  • Reduce by 50% the scene depicting sexual intercourse between Nicky and Ginger.
  • Delete the visuals of blood spurting out of the mouth of a man who has been shot in the head.
  • Delete the visuals of the plastic bag being pulled over the man's bloody face in the car.
  • Reduce by 50% the beating up of Nicky and his brother especially deleting the visuals of their bloody faces.
  • Delete all visuals of the battered bodies and delete all close shots of their bloody faces of the men in the grave. General cut: Delete the following phrases wherever they occur: a)Jew Ass b)Mother fucker/mother fucking c)Sisters ass d) Fucking c***t.
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The House of the Rising Sun
Traditional
Arranged by Alan Price
Performed by The Animals
by Arrangement with ABKCO Records and EMI Records Ltd.
Published by EMI Al Gallico Music Corp.
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The most uncompromising studio picture of the 1990s.
20 February 2000 | by contronaturaSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casino See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,946,480, 26 November 1995

Gross USA:

$42,512,375

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$116,112,375
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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