- Sam's way of dealing with the Japanese high-roller. Instead of your typical mob methods he offers the whale a free flight home, except the plane has "problems", the connecting flights are all 'booked up' and Billy Sherbert 'apologetically' comps him another night's stay at the Tangiers, where he keeps playing and blows all of his winnings and $1,000,000 more back to Sam. As Sam lampshades, "Keep them playing and keep them coming back". Batman Gambit at its finest.
- Ace and his security guards using a cattle prod, a circular saw, and a hammer to break up a blackjack cheating team."All right, I'm gonna give you a choice. You can either have the money and the hammer or you can walk out of here. You can't have both. What do you want?""I just wanna get outta here.""And don't forget to tell your friends what happens if they fuck up around here. You understand?"
- Awesome Music:
- Nicky losing his marbles at blackjack to the tune of "Ain't got no home" by Frogman Henry.
- House Of The Rising Sun watching everyone die from association including Nicky.
- Amy standing up to Lester, protesting against dyeing her hair and despite repeatedly threatened and yelled at, she doesn't lose her cool and keeps taunting him. Most kids in this kind of situation in movies would be crying or begging to go home, but Amy is pretty tough!
- Nicky's interrogation of Tony Dogs is not only one of this film's signature scenes, but iconic in the hearts of filmgoers because of how crazily over the top it is overall. Nicky not only compels him to cooperate ("Don't make me a bad guy here!"), and berates him for defending the local lowlife ("CHARLIE M? YOU MAKE ME POP YOUR FUCKING EYEBALL OVER CHARLIE M?!?") This scene is Awesome for not only crossing the line, but for crossing it, cutting its head off, and using its skull for a planter.
- The Wham Line of Nicky's narration at the end of the movie, where he's trying to work back into the mob's good graces by making peace with Frank only to have Frank interrupt the narration with a bat to Nicky's knee. It's a moment that breaks the flow of the movie - that hypnotic overlap of stream-of-conscious dialog that kept audiences paying attention - and signals how Nicky's no longer in control of anything as he and his brother are dragged to their deaths. A virtuoso move by Scorsese.
Awesome / Casino