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.
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>
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 »
In the first newscast scene, before Ace's license hearing (which takes place around 1980), the Mirage hotel and casino can be seen in the background shot of Las Vegas. The Mirage was not completed until 1989. 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]
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SPOILER: Nicky is about to finish his narration, he's cut short by the mobsters wanting to whack him. See more »
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 »
Written by Mark Mothersbaugh & Gerald Casale (as Gerard Casale)
Performed by Devo
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products and Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd.
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The most uncompromising studio picture of the 1990s.
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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