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In Casino one of the most famous and most graphically violent scenes in the movie is when Nicky, Frankie and another associate beat up a man named "Tony Doggs" who shot up Remo's (One of the bosses) bar and killed a few people plus an innocent waitress. Remo naturally was furious and ordered Frankie and Nicky to find him, hunt him down and "whack" him. After beating him for two days and nights, they stick his head in a vice, crank it up, and pop his eyeball out, after this Doggs gives up his associate named "Charlie M" They then kill him by cutting his throat. This incident did indeed happen, but not for the reason as portrayed in the film.
The scene above is inspired by the 1962 murders of the Scalvo brothers, two brothers who were made men, and protected by the mafia. One of the golden rules in the mafia is that unless you have a sit down and receive permission from the boss of the family and the Capo they work for, you cannot kill or even beat up a made man in the mafia, the punishment for violating this rule is death.
The two men responsible were Billy McCarthy (Tony Doggs) and Jimmy Miraglia (Charlie M). Both were seen as tough figures in the Chicago outfit, yet because they were not made men, and only part of a burglary crew run by Frank Cullotta. They became targets. The man assigned with finding and killing them was a man named Tony Spilotro (the character Nicky is based on). He was promised membership if he hunted them down and killed them. Spilotro called Cullotta and told him to either give up McCarthy and he lives, or he doesn't and dies with them. Cullota led McCarthy to Spilotro, and wanting the name of his partner, tortured him for two days and nights, beating him, and yes stabbing his testicles with ice picks. Finally in a last ditch effort to make him talk, Spilotro stuck McCarthy's head in a Vice, after McCarthy refused yet again to give up Miraglia, Spilotro cranked it up and popped out his eye just like the movie, after that McCarthy finally gave up Miraglia. Spilotro did indeed track down and find Miraglia and killed him as well. This turned Tony Spilotro into a made man and he became a full member of the mafia. Edit (Coming Soon)
Yes - the film is based on the real life activities of the Chicago Outfit mafia and their infiltration of the Las Vegas gambling industry in the 1970-80s. Many of the characters in the film are based on real people, including those portrayed by Robert de Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone. The film is broadly accurate in its portrayal of the Outfit's rise and fall in the city, though numerous details have been changed for dramatic purposes. Edit (Coming Soon)
"Wir setzen uns mit tränen nieder" from the "Matthaus Passion" by Johann Sebastion Bach - Opening credits, also played at very end.
"Zooma, Zooma" by Louis Prima - Ace's Vegas introduction/Narration. Played at the end during arrests.
"Moonglow/Love theme from Picnic" by Eddie Delarge/Irving Mills - The money room in the casino.
"You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You" by Dean Martin - The suitcase goes to Kansas City.
"Sing Sing Sing" by Louis Prima - Andy and Ace talk at the pool.
"7-11 (Mambo #5)" by the Gone All Stars - Narration; Ace's gambling expertise.
"Hoochie Coochie Man" Performed by Muddy Waters - Narration; Ace's expertise continued.
"Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)" by Otis Redding - Ace meets with the bosses.
"Long Long While" by Mick Jagger - Nicky stabs the guy with the pen.
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" Performed by The Rolling Stones - Briefly after the pen scene.
"The "In" Crowd" by Ramsey Lewis - Doing favors for the politicians.
"The "In" Crowd" by Dobie Gray - The Japanese businessman loses big. h
"Compared To What" by Les McCann & Eddie Harris - "Everyones gotta watch everyone else.
"Slippin' And Slidin'" by Little Richard - Ginger throws the chips in the air.
"Love Is Strange" by Mickey and Sylvia - Ace watches Ginger leave.
"Heart of Stone" by The Rolling Stones - Ginger's hustling in Vegas.
"Love Is The Drug" by Roxy Music - Ginger pays various people off/her pimp.
"Nel blu Dipinto di Blu (Volare)" by Domenico Modugno - Nicky going through customs/diamonds.
"Takes Two to Tango" by Ray Charles & Betty Carter - Nicky's move.
"How High The Moon" by Les Paul & Mary Ford - Nicky keeps security at the casino.
"I Ain't Superstitious" by Rod Stewart - They catch a cheater.
"Working in A Coalmine" by Lee Dorsey - They warn the other cheater.
"Unforgettable" by Dinah Washington - Ace proposes to Ginger.
"Stardust" by Hoagy Carmichael - Ace consoles Ginger after she talks to her ex. also during end credits.
"What A Difference A Day Made" by Dinah Washington - Ginger sees the new house.
"I'll Take You There" by The Staple Singers - Ace gives Ginger the key to the safe deposit box.
"Love Me the Way I Love You" by Jerry Vale - Ace makes himself food and beverage director.
"Let's Start All Over" by the Paragons - Nicky cheats the Casino.
"Sweet Virginia" by The Rolling Stones - The cowboy won't take his feet off the table.
"Basin Street Blues" by Louis Prima - Ace arranges live shows at the Casino.
"Stella by Starlight" by Ray Charles - Ace accepts award at the country club.
"Sweet Dreams" by Emmylou Harris - Nicky becomes banned from every Casino.
"Can't You Hear Me Knocking" by The Rolling Stones - Nicky starts the jewerly "business."
"Toad" by Cream - They interogate/torture the hit man. It's played again while Nicky is changing cars.
"Those Were The Days" by Cream - Ace fires the slot manager.
"Hurt" by Timi Yuro - Ginger asks Ace for $25,000.
"The Glory Of Love" by The Velvetones - Ace catches Ginger giving away the money to her ex.
"Nights In White Satin" by The Moody Blues - Nicky meets with Ginger after her ex is beaten up.
"Walk On The Wild Side" by Jimmy Smith - The older woman sues the casino and gets whacked.
"Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones - A series of bodies from Nicky's hits surface.
"EEE-O Eleven" by Sammy Davis Jr. - Nickey talks to his partner at the bus stop.
"I'll Walk Alone" by Don Cornell - The bug in the store.
"Whip It" by Devo - Ace ignores Nicky in the restaurant.
"Ain't Got No Home" by Clarence "Frogman" Henry - Nicky abuses the Casino workers.
"I'm Sorry" by Brenda Lee - Ginger reunites with her pimp.
"Without You" by Nilsson - Ginger's pimp plots to get the money from the safe deposit box.
"Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac - Nickey talks to Ace in the car.
"Contempt-Theme de Camille" by Georges Delerue- Ace picks up Ginger at the airport. Also during end credits.
"I'm Confessing That I Love You" by Louis Prima & Keely Smith - Ace questions Ginger at the restaurant.
"The Thrill is Gone" by B.B. King - Ginger conspires with Nicky.
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" Performed by Devo - Ace goes home to find his daughter tied up.
"Who Can I Turn To" by Tony Bennett - Ace confronts Ginger in Nicky's restaurant.
"Harbor Lights" by The Platters - Ginger asks Nicky to kill Ace.
"House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals - The bosses on trial/mobsters are whacked. Edit (Coming Soon)
"Charlie M." is most likely a reference to the "M&M" murders that Tony Spilotro-The real-life Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci's character)-was involved in. In 1963 Spilotro participated in what became known as the M&M murders. Burglars Billy McCarthy and Jimmy Miraglia (M & M) became targets of the Chicago Mob after committing a shooting in a known mob hangout that resulted in the deaths of two mob associates. Relying on information from Frank Cullotta, (an associate of M&M and a lifelong friend of Anthony Spilotro) McCarthy was snatched off the streets by Spilotro and noted hitmen Charles Nicoletti and Felix "Milwaukee Phil" Alderisio. They then proceeded to torture McCarthy to give up the name of his accomplice. After having his head placed in a vise by Spilotro, McCarthy gave up his accomplice Miraglia and was killed, with Miraglia's murder following later on. McCarthy's murder was infamously recreated in the film Casino. It is believed that Spilotro became a made man as a result of this hit. Edit (Coming Soon)