This Martin Scorsese film depicts the Janus-like quality of Las Vegas--it has a glittering, glamorous face, as well as a brutal, cruel one. Ace Rothstein and Nicky Santoro, mobsters who move to Las Vegas to make their mark, live and work in this paradoxical world. Seen through their eyes, each as a foil to the other, the details of mob involvement in the casinos of the 1970's and '80's are revealed. Ace is the smooth operator of the Tangiers casino, while Nicky is his boyhood friend and tough strongman, robbing and shaking down the locals. However, they each have a tragic flaw--Ace falls in love with a hustler, Ginger, and Nicky falls into an ever-deepening spiral of drugs and violence.
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Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive strong language, drug use and some sexuality
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Did You Know?
's character (Nicky) is based upon the real-life person Anthony Spilotro. Several scenes and minor details about his character were taken directly from the book "Casino" by Nicholas Pileggi
. One example is when Nicky is nervously discussing the police and F.B.I. watching him. Pesci is seen biting the cuticles of his thumb when talking about the situation. Thus, is in direct reference to a testimony from Frank Cullota, "He used to chew on the cuticle of his right thumb. If you looked at it sometimes it was all raw and chewed away." (Pg. 163 from "Casino") See more
As Sam walks towards the car that will catch fire, the cameraman is reflected in the driver's side window. See more
When you love someone, you've gotta trust them. There's no other way. You've got to give them the key to everything that's yours. Otherwise, what's the point? And for a while, I believed, that's the kind of love I had.
[Ace's car explodes
SPOILER: Nicky is about to finish his narration, he's cut short by the mobsters wanting to whack him. See more
There are two network television versions: the original 3-hour theatrical cut minus objectionable footage, and a re-edited 140 minute version put together under sole supervision of original director Martin Scorsese. See more
Referenced in Swingers
The 'In' Crowd
Written by Billy Page
Performed by Dobie Gray
Courtesy of MCA Records
Published by Unichappell Music, Inc. & Elvis Presley Music
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