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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Luck has nothing to do with the games they play. 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

While the movie begins by stating it is adapted from a true story, it never names the real-life casino involved. The "Tangiers" casino is fictional. The story is based upon the history of the Stardust casino, a fact well documented in the Las Vegas history books. Martin Scorsese discreetly documents this fact via the soundtrack, in which the song "Stardust" is heard three different times. An instrumental version plays during Ace and Ginger's wedding, and a vocal version is heard during the scene where Remo asks Marino if Nicky and Ginger are having sex, and also during the end of the final credits. See more »

Goofs

When Nicky and Frank are being photographed by the feds outside the Gold Rush, one of the agents is using a camera with a motor drive sound effect. However, he is shown manually using the camera's film advance lever instead. 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

There are two network television versions: the original 3-hour theatrical cut minus objectionable footage, and a re-edited 140 minute version put together under sole supervision of original director Martin Scorsese. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Tékás (2001) See more »

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Hoochie Coochie Man
Written by Willie Dixon
Performed by Muddy Waters
Courtesy of MCA Records
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 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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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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