Casino Movie Review and Trailer
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The movie Casino made in 1995 starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone is the tale of a mob run casino in Las Vegas, Nevada and is described in the extras by Director Martin Scorsese as being an unofficial sequal to the hit gangster flick Goodfellas. De Nero plays Sam 'Ace' Rothstein, a sports betting handicapper who makes a living betting on sporting events with the aid of the mafia. At his bosses request Ace moves to Vegas to run the Tangiers casino.
Pesci's role as Nicky Santoro is superb and plays up the violence in his scenes very well, especially with the help from a pen, shiving a guy who dares speak badly of his old buddy Sam. Sharon Stone won a Golden Globe for the movie as sam's wife Ginger and plays the part of a sly casino rat just as well as her supporting cast.
Casino the movie was written by Nicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorsese, the flick also features Frank Vincent of Sopranos fame, comedian Don Rickles and James Woods of more recent Family Guy adulation. This is truly an epic gangster movie that should be part of any film collection.
Movie Trivia: The film does not name the factual casino involved in the real-life story. The Tangiers casino is fictional. The story is actually based upon the history of the Stardust casino, a fact documented in some Las Vegas history books. Scorsese references this fact using using the Casino movie soundtrack, in which the song 'Stardust' by Hoagy Carmichael is heard three different times. An instrumental version plays during the wedding scene, a vocal version is heard during a scene with Remo and Frank and then also during credits.