Scorsese’s Casino

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Casinos used to have that exclusive feel to them; probably because not many people could actually make the time to go to them – or have the cash to spend on games in them. Now, of course, it’s a different story, with anyone being able to login to a casino site wherever they are and to play games online.

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Of course, playing at home is convenient and easy, and you can play for as little or as long as you want, but playing in a real casino is a different kind of proposition. If you’ve never been to a land-based casino, the glamorous image you have in mind may not quite tie-in with the reality. That’s exactly the feeling you get when you watch one of the best casino-based movies ever made, Casino, where the focus is definitely on the seedy underside of the casino world rather than the glossy layer on the top.

Casino was released in 1995 and was directed by Martin Scorsese. It’s a long and gruelling film to watch – there are 178 minutes of it. The film stars Robert de Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci, who portray the characters of Sam ‘Ace’ Rothstein, his girlfriend Ginger and Nicky Santoro respectively. The whole story is based on a true one – that of the life of Frank Rosenthal, a man who was employed by the Chicago Outfit to run Stardust, Fremont and Hacienda casinos during the 70s and 80s. He also created the first sports book that operated from within a casino, making the Stardust one of the world’s leading centres for sports gambling. Another Rosenthal innovation was to allow female blackjack dealers which eventually doubled the Stardust’s income.

In the film, Ace is in Vegas to run the Tangiers Casino for Chicago mob and Santoro is there to keep an eye on the profits and make sure they all get fed back to the mob without any skimming going on. He’s also there as an enforcer to keep the Vegas heavies in their place. Ace falls for Ginger – a drug addict and ex-prostitute. Eventually he marries her, and their volatile relationship takes up a lot of the plot.

All three actors are great in their respective roles and you feel drawn into the dark and gritty side of the story, and it’s not a place you want to stay! This is a film that you’ll feel like going and doing something wholesome after watching! That being said, it’s gripping throughout and another great example of the collaborative work between Scorsese and Robert de Niro.


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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.

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