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Overview - Martin Scorsese, one of America's most influential filmmakers, returns to the world of mobsters, greed, and excess that he explored so compellingly in 1990's GOODFELLAS. Set in the 1970s and reveling in the minute details of how Las Vegas casinos operate, the film chronicles the rise and fall of casino manager Ace Rothstein (Robert De Niro).  Read more...

 
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Overview

Martin Scorsese, one of America's most influential filmmakers, returns to the world of mobsters, greed, and excess that he explored so compellingly in 1990's GOODFELLAS. Set in the 1970s and reveling in the minute details of how Las Vegas casinos operate, the film chronicles the rise and fall of casino manager Ace Rothstein (Robert De Niro). As the king of his domain, Ace efficiently runs the business and regularly sends lots of cold cash to his bosses. Helping him keep the casino's employees and customers honest is his best friend, Nicky (Joe Pesci), a violent sociopath. Although Ace aims to run a relatively respectable casino, the volatile Nicky wants to take over the entire gambling mecca, and when Ginger McKenna (Sharon Stone), a seasoned Vegas hustler, enters the picture, Ace and Nicky's friendship is complicated even further. As drugs and alcohol become a bigger part of Ginger's life, all three are eventually brought down by their own greed and blind ambition. CASINO shares many similarities with GOODFELLAS, beginning with a script that was cowritten by Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi. Regulars De Niro and Pesci are first rate once again as the dissimilar companions, but it is Stone who steals the show with her grueling, intense performance.

Cast List

Sharon Stone - American actress, BASIC INSTINCT (1992)
Martin Scorsese - American director/screenwriter/producer, GOODFELLAS (1990)
Robert De Niro - Oscar Winning Actor/Director/Producer
Robert DeNiro - Oscar Winning Actor/Director/Producer
Jerry Vale - Singer/Lounge Lizard
Dick Smothers - American Comedian
Don Rickles - American Comedian/Actor
Joe Pesci - American actor, GOODFELLAS (1990)
Dante Ferretti - Production Designer, CASINO (1995)
Jayne Meadows - American Film and Television Actress,
Nicholas Pileggi - Screenwriter, CASINO (1995)
Frankie Avalon - Actor, singer
Francis Thomas Avallone - Actor, singer
Kevin Pollak - American actor, comedian
Kevin Pollack - American actor, comedian
L.Q. Jones - Actor/Director/Screenwriter
L. Q. Jones - Actor/Director/Screenwriter
Newton Thomas Sigel - Director of Photography, CASINO (1995)
Tom Sigel - Director of Photography, CASINO (1995)
Philip Pfeiffer - Director of Photography, CASINO (1995)
Thelma Schoonmaker - Editor, CASINO (1995)
Robert Richardson - Director of Photography, CASINO (1995)
Rita Ryack - Costume Designer, CASINO (1995)
Steve Allen - American Comedian/Author/Talk Show Host
James Woods - American Actor
Alan King - Actor/Comedian/Producer
Irwin Alan Kinberg - Actor/Comedian/Producer
John Bloom - Joe Bob Briggs
Joe Bob Briggs - Joe Bob Briggs
John Dunn - Costume Designer, CASINO (1995)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 179
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192979620
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (for strong brutal violence, pervasive strong language, drug use and some sexuality)
  • Release Date: May 2007

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
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Synopsis:
Novelist Nicholas Pileggi again teams with Martin Scorsese for this epic drama about life in a casino. Robert De Niro plays Sam "Ace" Rothstein, the Jewish front man for one of the mob's premier Vegas casinos in the 1970s. Joined by strongman Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), the casino runs smoothly until an icy blonde (Sharon Stone) jinxes their winning streak. Based on real-life underworld figures Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal and Tony "the Ant" Spilotro, CASINO is another electric crime portrait by the accomplished Scorsese.

Notes:
Theatrical release: November 22, 1995. Filmed on location in Las Vegas, Nevada, and various places in California. The film grossed $37.5 million at the domestic box office.

Reviews:
"...Unmistakably the work of a virtuoso - bold, brutally funny and ferociously alive..." - 12/14/1995 Rolling Stone, p.89-92


"...It serves its theme brilliantly....It constantly dazzles with visual, auditory and thematic stimuli..." - 03/01/1996 Sight and Sound, p.39-40


"...If you love impassioned cinema, it's the only way to go..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars - 11/22/1995 USA Today, p.1D


"...An extraordinary piece of filmmaking....Sharon Stone is simply a revelation here....Technically, CASINO is virtually beyond compare..." - 11/20/1995 Variety


"...Martin Scorsese is a master filmmaker, so skilled in the manipulation of imagery he might be the most proficient of active American directors..." - 11/22/1995 Los Angeles Times, p.F1


"...Fascinating....Scorsese tells his story with the energy and pacing he's famous for, and with a wealth of little details that feel just right..." - 11/22/1995 Chicago Sun-Times, p.41


"...Scorsese's most complex film, a picture in which every scene is layered with context that reaches far beyond its immediate context..." - 06/01/2003 Premiere, p.101


"Scorsese here delivers an epic parable about the fall from grace of people who have it all and squander it through their own recklessness..." - 09/01/2005 Uncut, p.144


Ranked #6 in Uncut's Best DVDs Of 2005 -- "A delirious, visually ravishing, fiendishly intricate epic, it's almost Biblical in places." - 01/01/2006 Uncut, p.84-85

 
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