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Casino (1995)

R  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  22 November 1995 (USA)
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Greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two mobster best friends and a trophy wife over a gambling empire.



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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>

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Winner loses all. See more »


Biography | 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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Release Date:

22 November 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kazino  »

Box Office


$52,000,000 (estimated)


£3,834,340 (UK) (15 March 1996)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Martin Scorsese once said that the most difficult aspect of filming was depicting the relationships of the main characters. See more »


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 »


[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 »


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User Reviews

An underrated and undervalued Scorsese Classic
28 October 2000 | by (Dallas, Tx) – See all my reviews

If you haven't seen Casino yet, stop whatever it is you're doing, rush to the nearest video store, rent it, and watch it. Along with Mean Streets Casino is probably Scorsese's most underrated and unheralded picture. I would also venture to say that this is probably his most ambitious film. The film deals with a particular time period and a particular atmosphere and accomplishes an overwhelming achievement by creating and accurately portraying both. The art direction is splendid, most likely the best of any film Scorsese has ever done. The acting is superb. I never thought Pesci would be able to top his dynamic performance in Raging Bull until I saw Casino. Every time I watch this picture I fall in love with it all over again. This is the most honest depiction of Las Vegas, especially of the time period it was portrayed in. Scorsese's direction is flawless. Perhaps it is because I watch alot of Scorsese and Kubrick films, but I am becoming less satisfied with plot driven films and more enamored by films that possess the freedom that typical stories just don't seem to hold. Sharon Stone gives the best performance of her career, and as far as the editing is concerned, well if you believe like Kubrick and Pudovkin that a film is not shot, but built who better to have on your team than long time cohort, collaborator, and editor Thelma Schoonmaker. Ultimately, the genius of Scorsese is not just in the mastery of the medium, but in the understanding and appreciation for the necessity of great collaborators on all levels that Scorsese has consistently utilized throughout his career. Casino exemplifies not only the best of a Scorsese film, but transcends it. This film is truly a gem.

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