Casino

Casino

4.5 16
Director: Martin Scorsese

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

     
 

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The inner-workings of a corrupt Las Vegas casino are exposed in Martin Scorsese's story of crime and punishment. The film chronicles the lives and times of three characters: "Ace" Rothstein (Robert De Niro), a bookmaking wizard; Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), a Mafia underboss and longtime best friend to Ace; and Ginger McKenna (Sharon Stone, in a role she was born to… See more details below

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The inner-workings of a corrupt Las Vegas casino are exposed in Martin Scorsese's story of crime and punishment. The film chronicles the lives and times of three characters: "Ace" Rothstein (Robert De Niro), a bookmaking wizard; Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), a Mafia underboss and longtime best friend to Ace; and Ginger McKenna (Sharon Stone, in a role she was born to play), a leggy ex-prostitute with a fondness for jewelry and a penchant for playing the field. Ace plays by the rules (albeit Vegas rules, which, as he reminds the audience in voiceover, would make him a criminal in any other state), while Nicky and Ginger lie, cheat, and steal their respective ways to the top. The film's first hour and a half details their rise to power, while the second half follows their downfall as the FBI, corrupt government officials, and angry mob bosses pick apart their Camelot piece by piece.

Editorial Reviews

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:
12/19/2006
UPC:
0025193106322
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Time:
2:59:00
Format:
HD

Special Features

Casino: the story - go behind the scenes for a fascinating exploration of the script, the book and how director Martin Scorsese collaborated with writer Nicholas Pileggi to bring the story and characters to life; Casino: the cast and characters; Casino: the look; Casino: after the filming; Moments with Martin Scorsese, Sharon Stone, Nicholas Pileggi and more!; Deleted scenes

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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

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