History Film / Casino

25th May '16 12:51:00 AM TrollBrutal
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* WhatTheHellHero: The protagonists are usually at very vocal odds with each other, mostly because their lack of PragmaticVillainy.

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* WhatTheHellHero: The protagonists are usually at very vocal odds with each other, mostly because their lack of PragmaticVillainy.PragmaticVillainy is lacking.
25th May '16 12:50:22 AM TrollBrutal
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* [[WhatTheHellHero What the Hell, Villain?]]

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* [[WhatTheHellHero What the Hell, Villain?]]WhatTheHellHero: The protagonists are usually at very vocal odds with each other, mostly because their lack of PragmaticVillainy.



*** Late in the film this is Sam's attitude towards Nicky in general, as his constant crime sprees are drawing unwanted police attention. Eventually the mob bosses think so, too.

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*** ** Late in the film this is Sam's attitude towards Nicky in general, as his constant crime sprees are drawing unwanted police attention. Eventually the mob bosses think so, too.
24th May '16 10:49:28 PM YT45
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** The Senator is [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed based on Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada)]].
11th Apr '16 7:40:52 AM TheWanderer
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* JustAGangster: Nicky, as mentioned under AtLeastIAdmitIt, thinks that the sort of old school thuggery that he employs is ultimately the heart of what being a gangster is, and has no use for the semi-legit, more white collar sort of crime that Ace and the bosses are converting to. (Possibly because it's fairly obvious that [[NoPlaceForMeThere he would never fit in with such a plan]].) [[spoiler:It results in Nicky being brutally murdered when he won't change and his exploits threaten everyone involved. Ace, on the other hand, rolls with the changing times and lands on his feet.]]
18th Feb '16 5:53:07 AM DoctorNemesis
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*** In an actually non-murderous example, Nicky tells Ace to "cool it" when he keeps calling Ginger a bitch in a fit of contained rage, which shows he cares about the people he sleeps with.
17th Feb '16 4:44:16 PM AnotherGuy
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*** Nicky also expresses disgust over "degenerate gamblers". In particular, he chews into one who's let his gambling addiction leave his family broke and unable to pay the bills.

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*** Nicky also expresses disgust over "degenerate gamblers". In particular, he chews into one who's let his gambling addiction leave his family broke and unable to pay the bills. He even calls ''Remo'' one, though only in narration.
17th Feb '16 4:32:27 PM AnotherGuy
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* DirtCop: Nick notes that the ''police'' in Las Vegas aren't above burying people in holes in the desert themselves.

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* DirtCop: DirtyCop: Nick notes that the ''police'' in Las Vegas aren't above burying people in holes in the desert themselves.
17th Feb '16 4:32:09 PM AnotherGuy
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* DirtCop: Nick notes that the ''police'' in Las Vegas aren't above burying people in holes in the desert themselves.
11th Feb '16 9:30:56 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* BlackAndGreyMorality: Fairly present. Sam warns Nicky even the ''cops'' aren't afraid to bury people in the desert.

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* BlackAndGreyMorality: Fairly present. BlackAndGreyMorality:
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Sam warns Nicky even the ''cops'' aren't afraid to bury people in the desert.



* ConsummateProfessional: The reason Ace gets promoted to manager; he is a money machine that "sleeps and breaths gambling", works 18 hours a day and cannot abide sub-par competence. He has an attention to details big and small, culminating in him noticing that the blueberry muffins have a random scattered amount of blueberries and so he marches straight to the kitchen:

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* ConsummateProfessional: The reason Ace gets promoted to manager; he is a money machine that who "sleeps and breaths gambling", gambling," works 18 hours a day and cannot abide sub-par competence. He has an attention to details big and small, culminating in him noticing that the blueberry muffins have a random scattered amount of blueberries and so he marches straight to the kitchen:



* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler: Nicky and his brother Dominick]]. AssholeVictim, yes, but that was still a horrific way to go.
** Four words: '''Head in a vice'''.

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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: CruelAndUnusualDeath:
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[[spoiler: Nicky and his brother Dominick]]. AssholeVictim, yes, but that was still a horrific way to go.
** Four words: '''Head Nicky puts one victim's head in a vice'''.vice.



* {{Determinator}}: Nicky.
-->'''Ace:''' No matter how big a guy might be, Nicky would take him on. You beat Nicky with fists, he comes back with a bat. You beat him with a knife, he comes back with a gun. And if you beat him with a gun, you better kill him, because he'll keep comin' back and back until one of you is dead.
** According to Nicky himself:

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* {{Determinator}}: Nicky.
-->'''Ace:''' No
{{Determinator}}:
** Nicky:
*** According to Ace: "No
matter how big a guy might be, Nicky would take him on. You beat Nicky with fists, he comes back with a bat. You beat him with a knife, he comes back with a gun. And if you beat him with a gun, you better kill him, because he'll keep comin' back and back until one of you is dead.
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dead."
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According to Nicky himself:



*** Ace himself. It becomes his FatalFlaw when it comes to dealing with Ward.

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*** ** Ace himself. It becomes his FatalFlaw when it comes to dealing with Ward.



** Ward, who happens to be the cousin of a Commisioner and has a job in the casino [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections because of that]][[spoiler: ...for a while.]]
** Piscano, ''this guy can fuck up a cup of coffee.''. [[spoiler: He gets a literal [[TooDumbToLive death by stupidity]]]]

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** Ward, who happens to be the cousin of a Commisioner and has a job in the casino [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections because of that]][[spoiler: ...for a while.]]
that]].
** Piscano, ''this ''This guy can fuck up a cup of coffee.''. [[spoiler: He gets a literal [[TooDumbToLive death by stupidity]]]]stupidity]].



* EndOfAnAge: The end of the film showcases the transition of ownership of Las Vegas from the mob bosses to the corporations. Sam makes clear his disgust of the new Las Vegas, which caters to families instead of gamblers.

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* EndOfAnAge: EndOfAnAge:
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The end of the film showcases the transition of ownership of Las Vegas from the mob bosses to the corporations. Sam makes clear his disgust of the new Las Vegas, which caters to families instead of gamblers.



*** Again with Nicky: when Ginger says that if she'd taken her and Ace's daughter, Ace would have hunted her down and killed her, Nicky corrects her by saying ''he would have''. "You don't take a man's kid."

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*** Again with Nicky: when When Ginger says that if she'd taken her and Ace's daughter, Ace would have hunted her down and killed her, Nicky corrects her by saying ''he would have''. "You don't take a man's kid."



*** In a less-murderous example, he's also mortified when he learns that the reason one of his men got kicked out of the casino by Ace's guys was because he was rude, obnoxious and put his feet up on the table. He ends up hitting the guy with a telephone receiver (hey, we said 'less-murderous', not 'completely without violence'):
---->'''Nicky:''' You took your boots off? You put your feet on the table... you shit-kicking, stinky, horse-manure-smelling motherfucker you! You fuck me up over there, I'll stick you in a hole in the fucking desert! You understand? Go over there and apologise.

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*** In a less-murderous example, he's also mortified when he learns that the reason one of his men got kicked out of the casino by Ace's guys was because he was rude, obnoxious and put his feet up on the table. He ends up hitting the guy with a telephone receiver (hey, we said 'less-murderous', not 'completely without violence'):
receiver.
---->'''Nicky:''' You took your boots off? You put your feet on the table... you shit-kicking, stinky, horse-manure-smelling motherfucker you! You fuck me up over there, I'll stick you in a hole in the fucking desert! You understand? Go over there and apologise.apologize.



** Ace is disgusted with the modern Las Vegas of Theme Park casinos which attract families to invest in their kids college fund when before it was the province of professional gamblers who knew what they were doing and what the stakes were, and is pretty disappointed with the lousy service and poor standards of hospitality.

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** Ace is disgusted with the modern Las Vegas of Theme Park "theme park" casinos which that attract families to invest in their kids college fund when before it was the province of professional serious gamblers who knew what they were doing and what the stakes were, and is pretty disappointed with the lousy service and poor standards of hospitality.



* {{Fingore}}: Don't. Cheat. The. Casino.
* FixingTheGame: The titular casino encounters the occasional cheater. It doesn't end well.

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* {{Fingore}}: Don't. Cheat. The. Casino.
Ace puts a mallet to the hand of a cheater. The cheater's partner ops to abandon the money rather than suffer the same treatment.
* FixingTheGame: The titular eponymous casino encounters the occasional cheater. It doesn't end well.



* GilliganCut: "Whatever [new job] he gets, make sure it's '''''quiet'''''." Cue Ace hosting a flamboyant television show "Aces High!!!", with "''Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra''" cued up.

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* GilliganCut: "Whatever [new job] he gets, make sure it's '''''quiet'''''.''quiet''." Cue Ace hosting a flamboyant television show "Aces High!!!", with "''Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra''" cued up.



* HistoricalVillainDowngrade: Ace is certainly no hero but he is portrayed as a doting husband who only makes his wife wear a beeper after she tries to run off with their daughter. His real life inspiration Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal actually brutally beat his wife, openly cheated on her and humiliated her by buying other women more expensive gifts than her, yet was enough of a hypocrite to make her carry around a beeper so he knew where she was all the times.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Geri [=McGee=] Rosenthal, the real life inspiration for Ginger was a chip hustler and was no saint, but in real life she used her money from hustling to support her sick mother, her sister's family and her first daughter with the real life Lester Diamond. She was known for her generosity, people in Vegas rave about what a great person she was, and she was considered a loving mom, so her breakdown was due to the abuse from Lefty. The story about her tying her child to the bed frame is not disproven, but so far has just Lefty's word for it.

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* HistoricalVillainDowngrade: Ace is certainly no hero hero, but he is portrayed as a doting husband who only makes his wife wear a beeper after she tries to run off with their daughter. His real life inspiration Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal actually brutally beat his wife, openly cheated on her and humiliated her by buying other women more expensive gifts than her, yet was enough of a hypocrite to make her carry around a beeper so he knew where she was all the times.
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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Geri [=McGee=] Rosenthal, the real life inspiration for Ginger Ginger, was a chip hustler and was no saint, but in real life she used her money from hustling to support her sick mother, her sister's family and her first daughter with the real life Lester Diamond. She was known for her generosity, people generosity. People in Vegas rave about what a great person she was, and she was considered a loving mom, so her breakdown was due to the abuse from Lefty. The story about her tying her child to the bed frame is not disproven, but so far has just based solely on Lefty's word for it.



* IdiotBall: Piscano keeps immensely detailed ledgers of every single illegal transaction that occurs in his house, thus enabling the feds to build a watertight case against him and his associates. The narrators lampshade how incredibly dumb this is.



* KavorkaMan:
** Nicky can get practically any woman he wants, despite being short, fat and far from conventionally attractive. Being one of the most powerful mobsters in Vegas has its advantages.

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* KavorkaMan:
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KavorkaMan: Nicky can get practically any woman he wants, despite being short, fat and far from conventionally attractive. Being one of the most powerful mobsters in Vegas has its advantages.



** Nicky, the number one jewel thief of the town opens a jewelry called "The Gold Rush" as a front. It gets bugged pretty quickly.
*** His restaurant The Leaning Tower probably fits better, as Ace notes that it's frequented by numerous celebrities and important figures, many of whom are eager for the chance to rub elbows with a "legitimate businessman" like Nicky.
** It's written on the wall that The Tangiers is mob controlled, the local authorities happily tolerate it as long as the managers stay in line and play ball.

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** Nicky, the number one jewel thief of the town town, opens a jewelry store called "The The Gold Rush" as Rush and a front. It gets bugged pretty quickly.
*** His
restaurant called The Leaning Tower probably fits better, as Ace notes that it's Tower. The restaurant is frequented by numerous celebrities and important figures, many of whom are eager for the chance to rub elbows with a "legitimate businessman" like Nicky.
** It's written on the wall that The Tangiers is mob controlled, the controlled. The local authorities happily tolerate it as long as the managers stay in line and play ball.



* LoveAtFirstSight: Sam falls for Ginger on the spot, when she is throwing away the winnings of other guy, no less.

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* LoveAtFirstSight: Sam falls for Ginger on the spot, when she is throwing away the winnings of other another guy, no less.



* MayDecemberRomance: Possibly Ginger and Ace (he's forty when he proposes), ''definitely'' Ginger and Diamond (who's known her since she was ''fourteen'').



* MsFanservice: Ginger. Being played by SharonStone, a natural fit. Heck, even in the dramatic scene where Ace ends up dragging Ginger across the floor to the closet to get her stuff...[[MaleGaze the emphasis of the camera]] [[ShesGotLegs is on her long, bare, sexy legs.]]

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* MsFanservice: Ginger. Being played by SharonStone, Creator/SharonStone, a natural fit. Heck, even in the dramatic scene where Ace ends up dragging Ginger across the floor to the closet to get her stuff...[[MaleGaze the emphasis of the camera]] [[ShesGotLegs is on her long, bare, sexy legs.]]



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Ace boasts of securing a thinly-disguised Siegfried and Roy for the Tangiers.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
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Ace boasts of securing a thinly-disguised Siegfried and Roy for the Tangiers.



* ThePenIsMightier: Nicky stabs repeatedly stabs a guy in the neck after the man behaves rudely towards Ace.

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* ThePenIsMightier: Nicky stabs repeatedly stabs a guy in the neck with a pen after the man behaves rudely towards Ace.



* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Nicky provides some offhand remarks which are a bit diluted by his [[{{jerkass}} charming]] [[HatesEveryoneEqually personality]].

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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: PoliticallyIncorrectVillain:
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Nicky provides some offhand remarks which are a bit diluted by his [[{{jerkass}} charming]] [[HatesEveryoneEqually personality]].



* RealPersonCameo: Frank Cullotta, the man Frank Marino was based on, appears as one of the {{Professional Killer}}s sent by the bosses to tie up loose ends at the end of the film. In fact, the real life killing of [[spoiler:John Nance]] was carried out by Cullotta. That is to say, an actor was paid to reenact the same murder he committed in real life.

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* RealPersonCameo: RealPersonCameo:
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Frank Cullotta, the man Frank Marino was based on, appears as one of the {{Professional Killer}}s sent by the bosses to tie up loose ends at the end of the film. In fact, the real life killing of [[spoiler:John Nance]] was carried out by Cullotta. That is to say, an actor was paid to reenact the same murder he committed in real life.



* 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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* SmugSnake:
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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.
22nd Jan '16 5:44:53 PM Tork
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* VillainousBreakdown: When Ace gets denied his license, he has a public meltdown, openly yelling about all the corrupt activity he's been providing for all the public officials. Immediately afterwards, he makes himself a local talk show host and continues his PR war with the politicians, unnerving his bosses. Even Nicky notes it's crazy.
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