The Best Las Vegas Moments Caught on Film
When the movies take us to a casino it’s always a thrilling ride. Nothing quite lights up the silver screen like the bright lights of Las Vegas and any director with a modicum of skill can make the high-octane energy that radiates from the casino floor feel almost palpable.
There are, of course, a few casino-based movie scenes that stand head and shoulders above the rest and have taken their place among the most iconic movie scenes in cinematic history. Keep reading to discover the scenes that we think deserve a place in the top three most memorable Las Vegas movie moments.
The Hangover, starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, and Justin Bartha is a what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas-themed story that unexpectedly resonated with audiences world-wide. This wasn’t released as a summer blockbuster, but it very quickly smashed all box office records to become the highest grossing comedy of all time.
Las Vegas plays a huge roll in this film and we get to see her in all her seedy glory. The scene that propelled this film onto our top-three list is, of course, the scene at the blackjack table that parodies Rain Man where Alan (wearing the iconic grey suit) takes it upon himself to try and win enough money to help them find their missing friend and then get everyone home in time for the wedding.
We learn early on in the movie that Alan has been preparing for the Las Vegas trip by learning to count cards and playing casino games online. Now, we don’t advocate card counting as a means to win at blackjack. In fact, unless you happen to be a savant like Alan (or Rain Man) you’re probably not going to be a successful card counter even if you try. Better by far to learn all the ins and outs of the game by playing online blackjack and then take your skills to the casino and play it fair and square. Check out casinopilot.ca to find a few recommended casinos for games such as online blackjack to get you started.
Casino is the casino movie to end all casino movies. Starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone, Casino takes us behind the scenes, beyond the glitz and the glamour, to reveal the dark underbelly of a Las Vegas casino run by gangsters. Every scene is stunning, if not eye-opening, and it certainly shines a light on a Las Vegas that most of us will never get to experience.
Martin Scorsese is at his directorial best here and Robert De Niro is as frightening as he is mesmerising and brilliant. The whole movie is full of iconic scenes, but who could forget the cowboy that dares to put his feet up on the table and his subsequent removal from the casino head first?
Rain Man follows the heart-warming story of two brothers, Raymond and Charlie, played by Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise respectively. In the aftermath following the death of his father, Charlie learns that he has an autistic brother, Raymond, to whom his father has left the lion’s share of the inheritance. Charlie and Raymond embark on a road trip together across the USA. It isn’t long before Charlie discovers that Raymond has an uncanny ability to count cards, which Charlie then decides to exploit for his own personal gain.
The brothers head to Las Vegas, and we are treated to one of the most memorable casino scenes of all time. The scene begins with Raymond and Charlie walking onto the casino floor wearing identical (and now iconic) grey suits. As they make their way to the blackjack table, the camera pans out across the casino floor and the viewer is given tantalising glimpses of exciting games being played by people from all walks of life. The brothers then take a seat at the table and begin to play – it doesn’t take long for Raymond, or Rain Man, to show that he’s a master of the game.
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