History Film / Casino

16th May '17 5:58:41 PM CumbersomeTercel
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''Casino'' is a 1995 film directed by Creator/MartinScorsese, starring Creator/RobertDeNiro, Creator/JoePesci and Sharon Stone, who earned a Golden Globe and an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nomination for her role as Ginger.

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''Casino'' is a 1995 film directed by Creator/MartinScorsese, starring Creator/RobertDeNiro, Creator/JoePesci and Sharon Stone, Creator/SharonStone, who earned a Golden Globe and an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nomination for her role as Ginger.



* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Ginger has a thing for them, apparently. It is implied (or speculated) to be what draws her to Ace. She has an on-and-off relationship with Lester, her abusive ex and a pimp. She also begins an affair with Nicky, the biggest gangster of the movie.



* AntiVillain: Anywhere else in the country Sam is a bookie hassled by cops, but in Las Vegas all Ace wants to do is to make an honest living by running with efficience a legal casino for his mafia bosses back home in Chicago. But in doing so he is not above using ruthless methods or being an enabler as Nicky does most of the unavoidable dirty dirty work. Still Ace is quite decent compared to other characters.



** Don Rickles and Dick Smothers as well.

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** Don Rickles Creator/DonRickles and Dick Smothers as well.



* ControlFreak: Ace obsesses over the smallest details:
-->'''Ace:''' From now on, put an equal amount of blueberries in each muffin.
-->'''Chef:''' Do you know how long that's going to take?
-->'''Ace:''' I don't care. An equal amount in each muffin.



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* LadyDrunk: Ginger turns into this as her marriage goes downhill.



* SmugSnake: The state senator who happily comps free rooms and prostitutes from Sam, only to later to stab him in the back and then try and deny everything to weasel out of it when Sam confronts him is also one of these. The senator is based on Harry Reid, who's ''still'' a senator for Nevada and a very influential one at that.

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The state senator who happily comps free rooms and prostitutes from Sam, only to later to stab him in the back and then try and deny everything to weasel out of it when Sam confronts him is also one of these. The senator is based on Harry Reid, who's ''still'' a senator for Nevada and a very influential one at that.that.
** Lester plays one, that varies from sleazy to comical.



* Weaksauce Weakness: They're all-powerful, but everyone of these supermen has a Kryptonite. Gene Siskel observed in his review, "Every tought character has a weakeness in 'Casino'. Stone is DeNiro's weakness and she in turn has a soft spot for her pimp, a low-life hustler played by James Woods." Nicky's weakness is... well, it's Joe Pesci. What else? Have you ever seen a Joe Pesci movie? His anger, temper, greed, lack of control... and the ultimate Napoleon Complex.

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* Weaksauce Weakness: They're all-powerful, but everyone of these supermen has a Kryptonite. Gene Siskel Creator/GeneSiskel observed in his review, "Every tought tough character has a weakeness weakness in 'Casino'. Stone is DeNiro's De Niro's weakness and she in turn has a soft spot for her pimp, a low-life hustler played by James Woods." Nicky's weakness is... well, it's Joe Pesci. What else? Have you ever seen a Joe Pesci movie? His anger, temper, greed, lack of control... and the ultimate Napoleon Complex.
12th May '17 8:25:15 PM DaneYoussef
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* Weaksauce Weakness: They're all-powerful, but everyone of these supermen has a Kryptonite. Gene Siskel observed in his review, "Every tought character has a weakeness in 'Casino'. Stone is DeNiro's weakness and she in turn has a soft spot for her pimp, a low-life hustler played by James Woods." Nicky's weakness is... well, it's Joe Pesci. What else? Have you ever seen a Joe Pesci movie? His anger, temper, greed, lack of control... and the ultimate Napoleon Complex.
25th Mar '17 3:00:24 AM tommythegun
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*AlmightyJanitor: Sam's scheme to run the casino while his gaming license application is pending is to shift around in innocuous-seeming jobs like "entertainment director" and "food and beverage manager." See LoopholeAbuse below.
25th Mar '17 2:49:03 AM tommythegun
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* InsideJob: The whole reason the mob bought into a Vegas casino is so they could skim cash right out of the count room.
25th Mar '17 2:13:24 AM tommythegun
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** Oscar Goodman, who plays Sam's lawyer, is the real-life defense attorney who represented Frank Rosenthal and Anthony Spilotro (the inspirations for Sam and Nicky). From 1999 to 2011, he was also the real-life mayor of Las Vegas.



** Oscar Goodman, who plays Sam's lawyer, is the real-life defense attorney who represented Frank Rosenthal and Anthony Spilotro (the inspirations for Sam and Nicky). From 1999 to 2011, he was also the real-life mayor of Las Vegas.
25th Mar '17 2:12:58 AM tommythegun
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** Don Rickles and Dick Smothers as well.


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** Real life Vegas entertainers Don Rickles and Dick Smothers have cameos as well, Rickles as casino manager Billy Sherbert and Smothers as a crooked Nevada state senator.
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* TroubleEntendre: The scene where Nicky delivers a veiled warning to leave to the two mob "balloon heads" who were trying to swindle the casino, by telling them that their supposed friend Carmine "left." "I think, you know, he went across the street, or somewhere else..."
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** Frank Rosenthal actually secretly ran four different Vegas casinos for the mob: the Stardust, Fremont, Hacienda, and Marina. The movie distilled that down to the single, fictional "Tangiers."


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** "Back Home" is the movie's way of saying "Chicago." The real-life scheme was set up and run by the Chicago Outfit.
7th Mar '17 3:29:53 PM maxwellsilver
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Until [[TheEighties the early 1980s]], TheMafia had a huge stake in UsefulNotes/LasVegas. But while they ran the casinos, they didn't run the town. They had to use fronts to get their men in to run everything. One of these fronts is Sam "Ace" Rothstein (De Niro), a Jewish gambling prodigy who, having made big money for his Mafia associates in the past, is sent to Vegas to run the Tangiers casino-hotel. Rothstein, a ruthlessly logical and efficient character, soon turns the Tangiers into a successful and profitable organisation for the Mob bosses, but things start go shaky when Rothstein falls head-over-heels in love with Ginger (Stone), a beautiful and seductive but manipulative and troubled casino hustler, and when Rothstein's old friend Nicky Santoro (Pesci) arrives in town. Santoro, a psychotically hot-headed mobster, is sent by the bosses to watch over things and make sure no one interferes with Rothstein's operation, but soon decides to make Las Vegas his personal kingdom, bringing much undesired attention on Rothstein himself and creating tension between the two men that will end up bringing the whole thing crashing down on top of them.

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Until [[TheEighties the early 1980s]], 1980s, TheMafia had a huge stake in UsefulNotes/LasVegas. But while they ran the casinos, they didn't run the town. They had to use fronts to get their men in to run everything. One of these fronts is Sam "Ace" Rothstein (De Niro), a Jewish gambling prodigy who, having made big money for his Mafia associates in the past, is sent to Vegas to run the Tangiers casino-hotel. Rothstein, a ruthlessly logical and efficient character, soon turns the Tangiers into a successful and profitable organisation for the Mob bosses, but things start go shaky when Rothstein falls head-over-heels in love with Ginger (Stone), a beautiful and seductive but manipulative and troubled casino hustler, and when Rothstein's old friend Nicky Santoro (Pesci) arrives in town. Santoro, a psychotically hot-headed mobster, is sent by the bosses to watch over things and make sure no one interferes with Rothstein's operation, but soon decides to make Las Vegas his personal kingdom, bringing much undesired attention on Rothstein himself and creating tension between the two men that will end up bringing the whole thing crashing down on top of them.



It also got a lot of criticism for being, basically, ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'' [[AC:[[RecycledInSpace IN VEGAS!]]]], largely due to Creator/MartinScorsese directing it the same way, Nicholas Pileggi adapting another one of his books, and for [[JoePesci some characters]] having a [[AxCrazy really]] [[HairTriggerTemper close]] [[ClusterFBomb resemblance]] to similar characters in the last movie - though, in that respect, [[RealityIsUnrealistic both men Pesci played really existed, and both acted pretty much like they do in both movies]]. Being both significantly longer and more slowly paced didn't help either.

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It also got a lot of criticism for being, basically, ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'' [[AC:[[RecycledInSpace IN VEGAS!]]]], largely due to Creator/MartinScorsese directing it the same way, Nicholas Pileggi adapting another one of his books, and for [[JoePesci some characters]] characters having a [[AxCrazy really]] [[HairTriggerTemper close]] [[ClusterFBomb resemblance]] really close resemblance to similar characters in the last movie - though, in that respect, [[RealityIsUnrealistic both men Pesci played really existed, and both acted pretty much like they do in both movies]].movies. Being both significantly longer and more slowly paced didn't help either.



* CorruptPolitician: The chairmen of the Gaming Control Board investigation, including a Commisioner and a Senator who enjoys free VIP treatment in the Casino but starts clashing with Sam after a nepotism issue.

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* CorruptPolitician: The chairmen of the Gaming Control Board investigation, including a Commisioner Commissioner and a Senator who enjoys free VIP treatment in the Casino but starts clashing with Sam after a nepotism issue.



* DeathByIrony[=/=]MythologyGag: [[spoiler:Pesci's character is beaten to death by a character played by Frank Vincent. Vincent had played characters Pesci had either viciously beaten or killed in ''two'' [[Film/RagingBull previous]] [[{{Film/Goodfellas}} movies]] directed by Scorsese.]]

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* DeathByIrony[=/=]MythologyGag: [[spoiler:Pesci's character is beaten to death by a character played by Frank Vincent. Vincent had played characters Pesci had either viciously beaten or killed in ''two'' [[Film/RagingBull previous]] [[{{Film/Goodfellas}} movies]] ''Film/RagingBull'' and ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'', both directed by Scorsese.]]



** No one thing brings the Casino down. It's a lot of little things that come together (Ace's License, Nicky's antics, the wire in the produce store...), which is what usually happened to the mafia [[TruthInTelevision in real life.]]

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** No one thing brings the Casino down. It's a lot of little things that come together (Ace's License, Nicky's antics, the wire in the produce store...), which is what usually happened to the mafia [[TruthInTelevision in real life.]]



** For a psychotically violent mobster who reacts to any minor slight, real or imagined, with disproportionate violence, Nicky sure has a lot of standards.
*** He reacts very angrily when Ginger flippantly asks him to get someone to kill Ace; while relations between the two are at a low and he's been considering it himself, the guy was still like a brother to Nicky so he's not going to do it without a lot of thought. [[spoiler: It's implied that the car bomb Ace barely survives was a parting gift from Nicky, though, and that he eventually made his mind up.]]

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** For a psychotically violent mobster who reacts to any minor slight, real or imagined, with disproportionate violence, Nicky sure has a lot of standards.
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*** He reacts very angrily when Ginger flippantly asks him to get someone to kill Ace; while relations between the two are at a low and he's been considering it himself, the guy was still like a brother to Nicky so he's not going to do it without a lot of thought. [[spoiler: It's implied that he eventually made up his mind and the car bomb Ace barely survives was a parting gift from Nicky, though, and that he eventually made his mind up.though.]]



** The 'old-timers' capos "don't like any fucking around with the other guys` wives".

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** The 'old-timers' capos "don't like any fucking around with the other guys` guys' wives".



* EverybodySmokes / SmokingIsCool

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* %%* EverybodySmokes / SmokingIsCool



-->'''Sam "Ace Rothstein''': "Before I married Ginger, I heard all the stories, but I didn't give a fuck. 'I'm Sam Ace Rothstein', I said. I can change her."

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-->'''Sam "Ace --->'''Sam "Ace" Rothstein''': "Before I married Ginger, I heard all the stories, but I didn't give a fuck. 'I'm Sam Ace Rothstein', I said. I can change her."
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