Casino starring Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent, Sharon Stone, James Wood, Paul Sorvino, Ray Liotta.
Let’s go back to 1995
Directed by Martin Scorcese, Casino was released on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in 1995. This was the eighth time DeNiro and Scorcese worked together.
The film is based on the nonfiction book Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas by Nicholas Pileggi who also co-wrote the screenplay for the film with Scorsese.
Casino is told through the eyes of Sam “Ace” Rothstein (De Niro), a Jewish American gambling expert handicapper who is asked by the Chicago Outfit to oversee the day-to-day casino and hotel operations at the Tangiers Casino in Las Vegas.
The other set of eyes the movie is told through belong to Nicholas “Nicky’ Santoro who is based on Anthony “The Ant” Spilotro.
Other characters in the movie include Sharone Stone’s ‘Ginger McKenna’, a streetwise chip hustler whom Ace marries and has a daughter with. The film details Ace’s operation of the casino, the difficulties he confronts in his job, the Mafia’s involvement with the casino, and the gradual breakdown of his relationships and standing, as Las Vegas changes over the years.
The primary characters are based on real people: Ace is inspired by the life of Frank Rosenthal, also known as “Lefty,” who ran the Stardust, Fremont, Marina, and Hacienda casinos in Las Vegas for the Chicago Outfit from the early 1970s until 1981. Nicky and Ginger are based on mob enforcer Anthony Spilotro and former dancer and socialite Geri McGee, respectively.
Casino was released on November 22, 1995, to mostly positive critical reception, and was a worldwide box office success. Stone’s performance was singled out for acclaim, earning her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
The movie was budgeted at 40 + million dollars and brought in over 116 million dollars at the box office.
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Source: Sal Amato