#113 – Casino (1995)

Written by: Nicolas Pileggi & Martin Scorsese

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Sharon Stone, Frank Vincent, James Woods, Kevin Pollack & Don Rickles

The Story

Casino follows Sam Ace Rothstein (De Niro) a professional gambler involved in organised crime through his ability to take most of the risk out of gambling and generate huge income. Sam is asked to manage the Tangiers casino in Las Vegas.

Things are going well until he gets involved with Ginger (Sharon Stone). Giving an incredible performance Ginger is a former prostitute and knows the ins and outs of all things Vegas. Ginger is a master manipulater and seemingly lands on her feet all the time.

Things get a little more complicated when the crazy Nicky Santoro (Pesci) comes to Vegas. He wastes no time in making his presence known and establishing himself as the Don of Las Vegas. Nicky’s the guy who gambles and collects when he wins and tells them to go fuck themselves when he loses. Like Ace says “what were they goanna do muscle Nicky, Nicky was the muscle”.

Scorsese’s next great gangster epic since Goodfellas comes the bigger, brighter and equally as incredible Casino.

Right off the bat Casino has incredible acting, direction, the soundtrack and the pacing of this epic is flawless. The way the film bounces from drama, action, comedy, violence and makes it blend so well is nothing short of excellence.

* My thoughts *

Casino is one of the great gangster films and one of the best works from all involved! The quick paced explosive editing of the film right away jumos off the screen and you can’t help but get invested completely into this world of crime, gambling, murder and romance.

De Niro and Pesci go head to head here in this film and it’s unforgettable. Pesci so completely creates the menacing character of Nicky who despite his short stature is a towering figure in the world of organised crime. De Niro as the more legitimate and under the radar character conflicts so often with Nicky and it’s so enjoyable to watch.

De Niro’s, Sam then falls for Ginger ( Stone) who genuinely steals her scenes in the film. She’s in control and she’s well able to handle herself in this crooked world in Vegas.

Casino is an all around epic. If your a film and Scorsese fan it’s a must see.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 10/10

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