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Casino/Carlito's Way
- Al Pacino

Overview - CASINO: 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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CASINO: 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. CARLITO'S WAY: Notorious Puerto Rican heroin dealer Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino) is released from jail on a technicality thanks to the manipulations of his sleazy lawyer buddy (Sean Penn). All he wants is to keep his nose clean and earn enough money to start a business in the Bahamas--and maybe rekindle romance with his old flame, played by Penelope Ann Miller. Instead he finds himself back in trouble as a result of old-world codes of honor and misguided loyalties. It all takes place in 1975 Manhattan, in and around a nightclub Carlito manages, so there's plenty of classic disco music pulsing on the soundtrack. John Leguizamo plays one of the younger generation of hoodlums out to prove something. Viggo Mortensen and Luis Guzmán star as a couple of Carlito's buddies from the old days. Brian De Palma, who directed Pacino a decade earlier in SCARFACE, makes this seem almost like that film's sequel. As expected, there's plenty of elaborate tracking shots and suspenseful set pieces, most memorably a pulse-pounding chase through Grand Central Station. It's adapted from two novels by New York Supreme Court Judge Edwin Torres based on his childhood in East Harlem.

Cast List

Martin Scorsese - American director/screenwriter/producer, GOODFELLAS (1990)
Robert De Niro - Oscar Winning Actor/Director/Producer
Robert DeNiro - Oscar Winning Actor/Director/Producer
Al Pacino - Oscar winning actor, THE GODFATHER, SCENT OF A WOMAN
Alfredo James Pacino - Oscar winning actor, THE GODFATHER, SCENT OF A WOMAN
Joe Pesci - American actor, GOODFELLAS (1990)
Penelope Ann Miller - American actress
Brian De Palma - American Director/Screenwriter, SCARFACE (1983)
Brian DePalma - American Director/Screenwriter, SCARFACE (1983)
Brian Russell De Palma - American Director/Screenwriter, SCARFACE (1983)
Sharon Stone - American actress, BASIC INSTINCT (1992)
Sean Penn - Actor, Director

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192162596
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: October 2012

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Gangs
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Crime
Mafia
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