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Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci star in director Martin Scorsese's riveting look at how blind ambition, white-hot passion and 24-karat greed toppled an empire. Las Vegas 1973 is the setting for this fact-based story about the Mob's multi-million dollar casion operation - where fortunes and lives were made and lost with a roll of the dice.
- Movies & TV
- 1 Oct 2013
- Region 2
- Universal Pictures
- 174 min
- Age Restriction
- 16 LV
- Supply Source
- South Africa
- Release Year
- Running Time
- 179 min
- Dramas / Betrayal / Crime / Drug Addiction / Friends / Gangsters / Mobsters / Organized Crime / Prostitution / Recommended
- Martin Scorsese, one of America's most influential filmmakers, returns to the world of mobsters, greed, and excess that he explored so compellingly in 1990's GOODFELLAS. Set in the 1970s and reveling in the minute details of how Las Vegas casinos operate, the film chronicles the rise and fall of casino manager Ace Rothstein (Robert De Niro). As the king of his domain, Ace efficiently runs the business and regularly sends lots of cold cash to his bosses. Helping him keep the casino's employees and customers honest is his best friend, Nicky (Joe Pesci), a violent sociopath. Although Ace aims to run a relatively respectable casino, the volatile Nicky wants to take over the entire gambling mecca, and when Ginger McKenna (Sharon Stone), a seasoned Vegas hustler, enters the picture, Ace and Nicky's friendship is complicated even further. As drugs and alcohol become a bigger part of Ginger's life, all three are eventually brought down by their own greed and blind ambition. CASINO shares many similarities with GOODFELLAS, beginning with a script that was cowritten by Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi. Regulars De Niro and Pesci are first rate once again as the dissimilar companions, but it is Stone who steals the show with her grueling, intense performance.
- Theatrical release: November 22, 1995.
Filmed on location in Las Vegas, Nevada, and various places in California.
The film grossed $37.5 million at the domestic box office.
- Cast & Crew
- Martin Scorsese
- Steve Allen / Frankie Avalon / John Bloom / Robert DeNiro / L.Q. Jones / Alan King / Jayne Meadows / Joe Pesci / Kevin Pollak / Don Rickles / Dick Smothers / Sharon Stone / Jerry Vale / James Woods
- Thelma Schoonmaker
- Production Designer
- Dante Ferretti
- Movie Critics
- Chicago Sun-Times
- "...Fascinating....Scorsese tells his story with the energy and pacing he's famous for, and with a wealth of little details that feel just right..."— Roger Ebert (22 Nov 1995, p.41)
- Los Angeles Times
- "...Martin Scorsese is a master filmmaker, so skilled in the manipulation of imagery he might be the most proficient of active American directors..."— Kenneth Turan (22 Nov 1995, p.F1)
- "...Scorsese's most complex film, a picture in which every scene is layered with context that reaches far beyond its immediate context..."— Premiere Staff (1 Jun 2003, p.101)
- Rolling Stone
- "...Unmistakably the work of a virtuoso - bold, brutally funny and ferociously alive..."— Peter Travers (14 Dec 1995, p.89-92)
- Sight and Sound
- "...It serves its theme brilliantly....It constantly dazzles with visual, auditory and thematic stimuli..."— Jonathan Romney (1 Mar 1996, p.39-40)
- "Scorsese here delivers an epic parable about the fall from grace of people who have it all and squander it through their own recklessness..."— Allan Jones (1 Sep 2005, p.144)
- USA Today
- "...If you love impassioned cinema, it's the only way to go..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars— Mike Clark (22 Nov 1995, p.1D)
- "...An extraordinary piece of filmmaking....Sharon Stone is simply a revelation here....Technically, CASINO is virtually beyond compare..."— Todd McCarthy (20 Nov 1995, )