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Director: Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci

Cast: Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci

 

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Martin Scorsese's follow-up gangster film to Goodfellas is a powerful piece of filmmaking, but its DVD release is weak on extras. There is nothing out of the ordinary here, just the usual theatrical trailer, cast and crew bio, and simplistic production notes. Also, though the film runs three hours, there are only 16 chapters to choose from, so viewers should

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Martin Scorsese's follow-up gangster film to Goodfellas is a powerful piece of filmmaking, but its DVD release is weak on extras. There is nothing out of the ordinary here, just the usual theatrical trailer, cast and crew bio, and simplistic production notes. Also, though the film runs three hours, there are only 16 chapters to choose from, so viewers should prepare to hunt for their favorite scenes for quite a while. The transfer isn't new, but it's not bad. With a 2:35 anamorphic widescreen ratio, and sound in Dolby digital or 5:1 surround, it's the best thing on the disc. Even the language and subtitle options are limited, offering only English, Spanish, and French. Avid DVD viewers know that it's rare to find Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull) doing actual commentary, and since this film isn't one of his best, it's understandable that he chose not to do commentary here. He always delivers fascinating interviews though, and the disc would have benefited from a featurette. Only obsessed fans of Robert DeNiro and Scorsese will want this disc; the rest will wait for this film to appear in a Scorsese box set one day.

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All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
The explosive beginning of Saul Bass's customarily brilliant opening credits sequence seems to bode well for Martin Scorsese's epic portrait of 1970s Las Vegas, Casino (1995). Weaving a tale about the town, as well as ill-fated mobsters "Ace" Rothstein (based on actual Vegas-ite Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal) and Nicky Santoro, the first hour merges documentary-style detail (including copious narration) with Scorsese's signature technical flair to depict how the Mob skimmed millions from the casinos. As Rothstein's success unravels, Scorsese unstintingly reveals the viciousness of the old school Vegas powerbrokers (including more gruesome violence than any previous Scorsese work), yet the virtuoso final montage and unsettling coda suggest that the new Disney-fied Vegas robbed the city of its success-fantasy soul. Notwithstanding the bravura visuals and attention to 1970s period detail, and despite a career-best performance from Sharon Stone as Rothstein's hustler-drug addict wife, most reviews noted that the reunion of director Scorsese with writer Nicholas Pileggi and stars Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci paled in comparison to 1990's Goodfellas. The De Niro-Pesci opposition was too familiar, as was the overlong story of Rothstein's rise and fall. Stone scored the film's sole Oscar nomination and won the Golden Globe for Best Actress.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/1998
UPC:
0025192015922
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:59:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Sam (Ace) Rothstein
Sharon Stone Ginger McKenna
Joe Pesci Nicky Santoro
James Woods Lester Diamond
Don Rickles Billy Sherbert
Alan King Andy Stone
Kevin Pollak Phillip Green
Joe Bob Briggs Don Ward
Dick Smothers Senator
Erika vonTagen Older Amy
L.Q. Jones Pat Webb
Frank Vincent Frank Marino
Pasquale Cajano Remo Gaggi
Melissa Prophet Jennifer Santoro
Bill Allison John Nance
Vinny Vella Artie Piscano
Oscar Goodman Himself
Catherine Scorsese Piscano's Mother
Philip Suriano Dominick Santoro
Frankie Avalon Himself
Steve Allen Himself
Audrey Meadows Herself
Jayne Meadows Herself
Jerry Vale Himself
Peter Conti Arthur Capp
Steve Vignari Beeper
Paul Herman Gambler in Phone Booth
Joey de Pinto Stabbed Gambler
Toru Nagai Ichikawa's Associate
Anthony Russell Bookie
John Manca Wiseguy Eddy
Ronald Maccone Wiseguy Jerry
Joseph P. Reidy Winner
Joe La Due Signaller
Fred Smith Security Guard
Sonny D'Angelo Security Guard
Stuart Nisbet LA Banker
Frank Adonis Rocky
Joseph Bono Moosh
Craig Vincent Cowboy
Daniel P. Conte Doctor Dan
David Rose David
Dean Casper Elderly Man
Bret McCormick Bernie Blue
Clem Caserta Sal Fusco
Jed Mills Jack Hardy
Cameron Milzer Secretary
Richard Riehle Charlie Clark
Linda Perri Ace's Secretary
Eric Randall Reporter at Airport
Brian Reddy Board Investigator
Roy Conrad Board Investigator
Andy Jarrell Commissioner Bales
Tyde Kierney Contol Board Member
Sasha Semenoff Orchestra Leader
Mitch Kolpan Detective
Sly Smith FBI Agent
Richard Wagner FBI Agent
Carl Ciarfalio Tony Dogs
Jack Orend Baker
Max Raven Bernie Blue
David Varriale Flirting Executive

Technical Credits
Martin Scorsese Director,Screenwriter
Barbara de Fina Producer
John Dunn Costumes/Costume Designer
Dante Ferretti Production Designer
Ellen Lewis Casting
Phil Marco Asst. Director
Philip Pfeiffer Cinematographer
Nicholas Pileggi Screenwriter
Joseph P. Reidy Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Robert Richardson Cinematographer
Mario Roberts Stunts
J.P. Romano Stunts
Daniel Ross Set Decoration/Design
Rita Ryack Costumes/Costume Designer
Thelma Schoonmaker Editor
Steven Schwartz Set Decoration/Design
Newton Thomas Sigel Cinematographer
Rick Simpson Set Decoration/Design
Jack Gammon Taylor Art Director
Charles M. Wilborn Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter List
1. Main Titles; "When You Love Someone..." [:23]
2. The Truth about Las Vegas [:18]
3. Ginger [2:32]
4. Nicky Comes to Town [1:40]
5. Yokels [6:01]
6. The Long Shot [7:46]
7. Banned from Las Vegas [3:13]
8. The New Boss of Las Vegas [4:44]
9. Leakage [1:06]
10. The Worst Possible Time [5:56]
11. Ginger and The Lowlife [:15]
12. Nicky and Ginger [4:54]
13. A Dangerous Situation [3:56]
14. Everybody Began to Tumble... [7:49]
15. Enough of Nicky [7:38]
16. End Titles; The Town will Never be the Same [7:47]

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Casino 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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Kelli83 More than 1 year ago
Great movie that you can watch again and again without getting bored.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is certainly not Martin Scorsese's best film, but that just says what a great director he is. With this film, the two who brought us "GoodFellas" reunite for a film that is not quite as powerful, but just as skillfully made. This film made few waves when it came out in 1995 as the result of too many people expecting another "GoodFellas" and it received only two Oscar nominations. I am extremely happy for this DVD and hope that many people buy it to extend this film beyond a cult following.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is familiar ground for the genius of Scorsese and what's wrong with that? When you stick to what you know, there are few dangers. Marty knows. And the usual gang's all here, DeNiro, Pesci, even Marty's mother in a cameo. And there's the trademark formula: rise, fall, redemption. Marty gets the best work of her career from Sharon Stone with an unequaled lead performance. This is a winner.
OhRyan More than 1 year ago
There are quotes from this movie that will never be forgotten. Pesci, Sharon Stone, and De Niro are amazing in Casino. This is right up there with Goodfellas, and is easily in my top 10 favorite movies of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good film from Scorese. It's similar to Goodfellas in that it's a mob movie. And you got DeNiro, Pesci, and some other guy from Goodfellas. But as one other reviewer said before there's nothing wrong with that. Scorese is one of our best directors. The way he uses the camera and the themes that are used in his movies are amazing. This man's a genius. But if you wanna see Scorese at his best rent Raging Bull and Taxi Driver
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