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Casino (1995)

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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 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France | USA

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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DTS-Stereo | DTS | DTS (DTS: X)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Close associates of the people portrayed in the film were on the set constantly, providing crucial and pivotal information. See more »

Goofs

As Philip Green is coming off the plane and is being questioned by the press about Anna Scott's murder, one of the cameramen (the one who walks in front of the movie's camera) is seen carrying a camera not connected to anything. That model of camera (the RCA TK76) required an external tape deck/battery pack, otherwise the camera wouldn't function at all. The other two cameramen in the scene have their cameras tethered to the external equipment. 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

"This is a fictional story with fictional characters adapted from a true story." 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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Connections

Featured in NBC News: Vegas and the Mob (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Slippin' and Slidin'
Written by Little Richard (as Richard Penniman), Albert Collins, James Smith,
Eddie Bo (as Edwin Bocage)
Performed by Little Richard
Courtesy of Specialty Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Fantasy, Inc.
Published by ATV Music
administered by EMI Blackwood Music Inc.
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Brilliant acting. Superb story based on events that happened in real life.
22 January 2005 | by optimism_alwaysSee 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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