Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Robert De Niro as Sam Rothstein
Sharon Stone as Ginger
Joe Pesci as Nicky Santoro
Rated R: Strong Violence, Language, Drug Use and Sexuality
Run Time: 175 Minutes
“Casino” A movie about the Mafia’s relationship with Las Vegas! My favourite place on earth! The movie is almost like a documentary with the narration of Sam Rothstein (De Niro) as he explains how the mob controlled and skimmed millions from the casinos. Casino makes #8 on all list of all time favourite movie Block Busters for the following reasons:
1) My boys De Niro and Pesci deliver for the entire 175 minutes. Not to mention James Woods, and especially the Beautiful Sharon Stone as Ginger!
2) Las Vegas, baby! If you’ve never been, What are you waiting for?
3) Martin Scorsese does it again! He is just Brilliant telling his story with Violence, energy and excitement. His detail is flawless as I am transported back to Las Vegas in the 1970’s
4) Casino is very plot and character driven with great focus on the history of Las Vegas and how “big corporations” eventually took over!
5) The Musical score compliments the Movie so well.
Favorite Quote: Ace Rothstein: [narrating] The town will never be the same. After the Tangiers, the big corporations took it all over. Today it looks like Disneyland. And while the kids play cardboard pirates, Mommy and Daddy drop the house payments and Junior’s college money on the poker slots. In the old days, dealers knew your name, what you drank, what you played. Today, it’s like checkin’ into an airport. And if you order room service, you’re lucky if you get it by Thursday. Today, it’s all gone. You get a whale show up with four million in a suitcase, and some twenty-five-year-old hotel school kid is gonna want his Social Security Number. After the Teamsters got knocked out of the box, the corporations tore down practically every one of the old casinos. And where did the money come from to rebuild the pyramids? Junk bonds. But in the end, I wound up right back where I started. I could still pick winners, and I could still make money for all kinds of people back home. And why mess up a good thing?