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.
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Don't Push Your Luck.
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Did You Know?
Martin Scorsese, who admired comedians, cast many individuals who had a background in stand up comedy in non-comic roles in "Casino," including Don Rickles, Alan King, Kevin Pollak, Dick Smothers, Steve Allen, and Anthony Russell. See more
When Ace and Nicky talk at the diner 60 miles outside of Vegas, the jukebox shows a digital readout that didn't start to be used until the late 80s. See more
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
SPOILER: Nicky is about to finish his narration, he's cut short by the mobsters wanting to whack him. See more
Finnish VHS release is cut by 1 minute. Notable cuts were:
- Tony Dogs being tortured with the vice
- Baseball bat killings
Written by Sammy Cahn
and Jimmy Van Heusen
Performed by Sammy Davis Jr.
Published by Maraville Music Corp. See more