Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Sharon Stone, James Woods
Synopsis: Sam “Ace” Rothstein (Robert De Niro), is the best gambler around and he is given the chance of a lifetime to run the Tangiers Casino in Las Vegas for the mob outfit he places bets for. They want Ace to run the casino because he is so meticulous with his procedures they are sure he is going to make them a fortune. Everything is going very well for Ace and the casino when he meets Ginger (Sharon Stone), a local hustler who steals his heart and although she doesn’t want to he convinces her to marry him. While the casino is doing really well the bosses in Kansas want to make sure their money is secure and they send Ace’s best friend Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), who is one of the outfits best muscles. Ace and Ginger are now married with a young daughter but she cannot seem to end her relationship with her former pimp/boyfriend Lester Diamond (James Woods), who keeps milking her for 25 grand every few months. When Nicky starts to go into a downward spiral of drugs and alcohol he threatens to bring Ace’s entire operation down with him something the bosses won’t allow to happen.
Trivia: The word “fuck” is said 422 times, including in the narration – 2.4 times per minute on average. The film also holds the Guinness world record for the most swearing in a film. To avoid the continuity problems that accompany a chain-smoking movie character, Robert De Niro always held his cigarettes the same distance from the lit end so that their lengths never appear to change. The movie is based on the career of casino boss Frank ‘Lefty’ Rosenthal as portrayed by Robert De Niro’s character Sam “Ace” Rothstein.
Why I think you should see this: Casino is a great film and I am convinces it was passed over by the academy awards just because it was of the same style as Goodfellas but this is a different beast entirely. Using the same narrating style that was used in Goodfellas except instead of Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco you get De Niro and Pesci which in my opinion isn’t a such a bad thing. Scorsese does yet another superb job from the directors chair and he also collaborates with author Nicholas Pilleggi again for a rock solid script. Both De Niro and Pesci are amazing but its really Sharon Stone who steals the show in a role that was perfect for her. Just a great film and the perfect companion piece for Goodfellas check it out sometime.