Etymology and usage. Casino is of Italian origin; the root casa means a house. The term casino may mean a small country villa, summerhouse, or social club. During the 19th century, casino came to include other public buildings where pleasurable activities took place; such edifices were usually built on the grounds of a larger Italian villa or palazzo, and were used to host civic town functions. Martin Scorsese's fascinating new film 'Casino' knows a lot about the Mafia's relationship with Las Vegas. It's based on a book by Nicholas Pileggi, who had full access to a man who once ran four casinos for the mob, and whose true story inspires the movie's plot. Oscars Best Picture Winners Best Picture Winners Golden Globes Emmys STARmeter Awards San Diego Comic-Con New York Comic-Con Sundance Film Festival Toronto Int'l Film Festival Awards Central Festival Central All Events. 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.
- Robert De Niro
- Sharon Stone
- Joe Pesci
- Don Rickles
- Kevin Pollak
- James Woods
Casino is a 1995 American epic crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, and Joe Pesci. It 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. The two had previously collaborated on Goodfellas.
The film marks the eighth collaboration between director Scorsese and De Niro, following Mean Streets (1973); Taxi Driver (1976); New York, New York (1977); Raging Bull (1980); The King of Comedy (1982); Goodfellas (1990); and Cape Fear (1991).
In Casino, De Niro stars as Sam 'Ace' Rothstein, a Jewish American gambling handicapper who is called by the Chicago Outfit to oversee the day-to-day operations at the Tangiers Casino in Las Vegas. His character is based on Frank Rosenthal, who ran the Stardust, Fremont, and Hacienda casinos in Las Vegas for the Chicago Outfit from the 1970s until the early 1980s. Pesci plays Nicholas 'Nicky' Santoro, based on real-life Mob enforcer Anthony J. Spilotro, a 'made man' who could give Ace the protection he needed. Nicky is sent to Vegas to make sure that money from the Tangiers is skimmed off the top and the mobsters in Vegas are kept in line. Sharon Stone plays Ginger McKenna, Ace's scheming, self-absorbed wife, based on Geri McGee.
In 1973, sports handicapper and Mafia associate Sam 'Ace' Rothstein is sent to Las Vegas to run the Teamsters Union-funded Tangiers Casino on behalf of the Chicago Outfit, which secretly controls the Teamsters, while Philip Green serves as the Mob's front man. Taking advantage of gaming laws that allow him to work in a casino while his gaming license is pending, Sam doubles the casino's profits, which are skimmed by the Mafia before they are reported to income tax agencies. Impressed with his work, Mafia boss Remo Gaggi sends Sam's childhood friend and mob enforcer Nicholas 'Nicky' Santoro and his associate Frank 'Frankie' Marino to protect Sam and the whole operation. Nicky's volatile temper soon gets him banned from every casino in Las Vegas, so he gathers his own crew and engages in independent shakedowns and burglaries, instead.
Sam meets and falls in love with a hustler and former prostitute, Ginger McKenna. They conceive a daughter and marry, but their marriage is proven difficult by Ginger's covetousness and love for her manipulative former boyfriend, con artist-turned pimp Lester Diamond. Lester is beaten severely by Sam and Nicky after they catch him conning Ginger out of some money. Ginger subsequently turns to alcohol. Meanwhile, Sam makes an enemy in county commissioner Pat Webb for firing his brother-in-law Don Ward for incompetence. When Sam refuses to reinstate him, Webb pulls Sam's license from the backlog, forcing him to face a hearing for his gaming license while secretly arranging for the board to deny Sam. Sam blames the incident on Nicky's recklessness and the two argue furiously in the desert after Sam attempts to tell Nicky to leave Las Vegas.
Meanwhile, the casino counters begin stealing some money for themselves, prompting the Midwest Mafia bosses to put Artie Piscano of the Kansas City mafia in charge of overseeing the transactions. Piscano is unable to find the thieves, but keeps tabs on everything he knows about Las Vegas in a private notebook, ranting about it in his grocery store. The FBI, investigating a separate crime, have wired Piscano's store, and Piscano's detailed complaints, complete with names, spurs the FBI to begin investigating the casino. Meanwhile, Sam finally seeks divorce from Ginger, tired of her alcoholism. She then kidnaps their daughter, Amy, taking her to Los Angeles, and plans to flee to Europe with Lester. Sam convinces her to come back with Amy, and then scolds her for stealing his money and kidnapping their daughter. After he overhears Ginger talking on the phone about killing him, he kicks her out of the house, but soon relents. Ginger then approaches Nicky for help in getting her valuables from their shared vault in the bank, and the two start an affair. Sam discovers this after finding Amy tied to her bed by Ginger, who is with Nicky at his restaurant. Sam disowns Ginger, as does Nicky. A furious and drunk Ginger crashes her car into Sam's driveway, making a scene, and retrieves the key to their deposit box after distracting the attending police. Even though she succeeds in taking her share of the money from the bank, she is arrested by the FBI as a material witness.
The FBI moves in and closes the casino. Green decides to cooperate with the authorities. Piscano dies of a heart attack upon observing federal agents discover his notebook. Nicky flees Las Vegas before he can be caught. The FBI approaches Sam for help, but he turns them down. The bosses are arrested and put on trial, and decide to eliminate anyone involved in the scheme to prevent them from testifying. Among those killed are three casino executives, Teamsters head Andy Stone, and money courier John Nance. Ginger travels to Los Angeles and ultimately dies of a drug overdose in a motel. Sam himself is almost killed by a car bomb, and suspects Nicky was behind it. Before Sam can take revenge, Nicky and his brother Dominick are ambushed by Frankie and their own crew, beaten and buried alive in a cornfield, the bosses having had enough of Nicky's behavior and suspecting his role in Sam's car bombing.
With the Mob now out of power, the old casinos are purchased by big corporations and demolished. The corporations build new and gaudier attractions, which Sam laments are not the same as when the Mafia was in control. Sam subsequently retires to San Diego and continues to live as a sports handicapper for the Mob, in his own words, ending up 'right back where I started'.
- Robert De Niro as Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
- Joe Pesci as Nicholas 'Nicky' Santoro
- Sharon Stone as Ginger McKenna
- James Woods as Lester Diamond
- Frank Vincent as Frankie Marino
- Don Rickles as Billy Sherbert
- L. Q. Jones as Clark County Commissioner Pat Webb
- Kevin Pollak as Philip Green
- Alan King as Andy Stone
- Pasquale Cajano as Remo Gaggi
- John Bloom as Donald 'Don' Ward
- Dick Smothers as Nevada State Senator Harrison Roberts
- Philip Suriano as Dominick Santoro
- Bill Allison as John Nance
- Vinny Vella as Artie Piscano
Casino is a 1995 crime film directed by Martin Scorsese that follows a mobster and his rise to success while running a mob-controlled casino in Las Vegas. The film was inspired by the events surrounding the mob-controlled Stardust casino in Las Vegas during the 1970's. Considered the spiritual sequel to Goodfellas, the film reunites Scorsese, writer Nicholas Pileggi, and actors Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, who play fictionalized versions of real-life figures Frank 'Lefty' Rosenthal and Anthony 'Tony the Ant' Spilotro. The film's cast includes Don Rickles, Frank Vincent, James Woods, and Sharon Stone, who received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role as Ginger McKenna.
The following weapons were used in the film Casino (1995):
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A suppressed Browning Hi-Power is seen in Nicky Santoro's (Joe Pesci) hidden weapons compartment under his closet. Tony Dogs (Carl Ciarfalio) carries a Hi-Power akimbo with a Smith & Wesson Model 10HB while shooting up Remo's bar.
Smith & Wesson Model 10HB
Tony Dogs (Carl Ciarfalio) fires a Smith & Wesson Model 10HB from his left hand.
One of Tony Dogs' thugs carries a Colt Python revolver. The policemen who shoot Bernie Blue (Bret McCormick) also carry Pythons.
One of Tony Dogs' crew is armed with an M1911-type pistol when shooting up Remo's bar.
Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci) uses a Walther PP to kill Anna Scott (Ffilliott Le Coque). One of the cops that shoot Bernie Blue plants a PP to justify them shooting him.
Smith & Wesson Model 15
Two mob hitmen (one of which is Frank Cullotta, the real-life inspiration behind Frank Marino) are armed with Smith & Wesson Model 15 revolvers during the final death montage.
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High Standard Sharpshooter M
Assassins armed with suppressed High Standard Sharpshooter M .22 caliber pistols kill Andy Stone (Alan King).
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Smith & Wesson 39
Nicky (Joe Pesci) keeps a suppressed Smith & Wesson 39 in his weapons safe. It is not a Model 59 as it lacks the double stack frame bulge, nor is it the Mk 22 Mod 0 'Hush Puppie', as it has the standard sights.
One of Tony Dogs' thugs uses an Uzi when he shoots up a Kansas City bar. Frank Marino (Frank Vincent) and Dominick Santoro (Philip Suriano) later uses them they shoot up a cop's house.
Over and Under Shotgun
Billy Sherbert (Don Rickles) brings a Over and Under Shotgun to Sam 'Ace' Rothstein's house (Robert De Niro).
One of Nicky's thugs, Jack Hardy (Jed Mills), uses a Mossberg 500 when shooting up the cop's house.