Trivia / Casino

  • Actor Allusion:
    • A particularly clever example. In Goodfellas, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci played roles similar to the ones they play in this movie. However, there are certain notable differences — in particular, while Pesci's character is more or less the same in both examples (a blustery psychotic maniac with a Hair-Trigger Temper), De Niro's character was a lot more similar to Pesci's character than in this movie (being a calculatingly murderous sociopath rather than his comparatively more benevolent and decent character here). As such, the fact that De Niro's character here is obviously terrified of Pesci's character in a way he wasn't in the earlier movie serves to make Pesci's character even more terrifying.
    • Once again Noodles and Max are sharing a girl.
    • Apparently Ginger has forgiven Lester for murdering her parents.
  • The Danza: Frank Vincent as Frank Marino.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • Look for Joe Bob Briggs of TNT's Monstervision as an inept slot manager.
    • Nicky threatens to break Tom Smykowski's head open.
    • L.Q. Jones as the County Commissioner.
  • Playing Against Type: Don freaking Rickles in a Scorsese movie? Playing an intimidating mob collaborator? More to the point, none of his classic caustic humor shows up and he plays him as a serious yet loyal and sympathetic number two to Ace.
    • This is actually something of a running casting gag as several old time comedians play serious roles in this film. Caustic stand-up Alan King plays the mob facilitator Andy Stone and Dick Smothers plays a corrupt Nevada senator.