Casino (Universal 1995, Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone)

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R 178 min - Drama, Crime - 22 November 1995
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When Martin Scorsese announced his Mob-in-Vegas drama Casino in the mid-'90s, there was a distinct feeling of déjà vu , particularly as he was teaming up once again with GoodFellas writer Nicholas Pileggi on the project. But then the director himself voiced the concerns of many when he noted about the '70s-set drama, "This story has to be on a big canvas. It has to be about America. Otherwise, why make another mob story? I couldn't care less."

With a cast that features Scorsese regulars Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, the Oscar-nominated Sharon Stone and a group of entertainers who actually performed in Las Vegas in the '70s (Alan King, Don Rickles, Steve Allen), Casino is an expert examination of small town wise guys who find heaven on earth before frittering it all away.

De Niro stars as Sam 'Ace' Rothstein, a top bookie who finds himself enlisted by the Mob to run the Tangiers casino in Vegas. Determined to do things correctly (ie the Mob's way), he turns the casino into a tremendous success. There are three problems on the horizon, however: Ace's run-ins with the Gaming Control Board that oversees the Vegas casinos; the appearance of a psychotic old friend, Nicky Santoro (Pesci), who is determined to muscle in on the action; and a beautiful hustler, Ginger McKenna (Stone), with whom Ace falls in love. All three will contribute to Ace's spectacular downfall.

Director:  Martin Scorsese
Producer:  Barbara De Fina, Joseph P. Reidy
Director of Photography:  Robert Richardson

Production Details

Release Date:  22 November 1995

Running Time:  2 h 58 min

Genres: Drama, Crime
Country:   France United States of America

Language:  English

Tagline: No one stays at the top forever.

Budget and Box Office takings where known

Budget:  $52,000,000
Revenue:  $116,112,375