Video Release: June 23, 2009
Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
- Closed Captioned
- Runtime: 179 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English
Martin Scorsese, one of America's greatest living filmmakers, returns to the world of mobsters, greed and excess, which he explored so brilliantly in his masterpiece "GoodFellas." Set in the 1970s, "Casino" is a companion piece to the earlier film. Reveling in the minute details of how Las Vegas casinos operate, it chronicles the rise and fall of a casino manager. Mob bosses in Kansas City send Ace Rothstein to Las Vegas to head-up the Tangiers. As the king of his domain, Ace efficiently runs the business and regularly sends lots of cold cash to his bosses. Helping Ace keep the casino's employees and customers honest is his best friend Nicky, a violent socio-path. Although Ace aims to run a relatively respectable casino, volatile Nicky wants to take over the entire gambling mecca. Then beautiful Ginger McKenna, a seasoned Vegas hustler, enters the picture, further complicating Ace and Nicky's friendship. She agrees to marry Ace even though she isn't in love with him and tells him as much. As drugs and alcohol become a bigger part of Ginger's life, Ace's possessiveness and jealously drive her into an affair with Nicky. Way in over their heads, all three are eventually brought down by their own greed and blind ambition.
Novelist Nicholas Pileggi again teams with Martin Scorsese. DeNiro plays Sam "Ace" Rothstein, the Jewish front man for one of the mob's premiere Vegas casinos in the '70's. Joined by strong man Nicky Santoro (Pesci), the casino runs smoothly until an icy blonde jinxes their winning streak. Based on real-life underworld figures Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal and Tony "the Ant" Spilotro. Academy Award Nominations: Best Actress--Sharon Stone.
Released theatrically in the USA November 22, 1995. It grossed $37.5 million at the domestic box office. Co-produced by Syalis D.A. and Legende Enterprises (France). Digital DTS Stereo Sound. Color by Technicolor. Shot in Super 35 widescreen. Additional cast: John Bloom (Don Ward) and Oscar Goodman (Himself). Additional credits: Bob Wagner and Michael Greenwood (assistant directors), Ray Favero (casting associate), and Daniel W. Barringer (stunt coordinator). Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification. Copyright 1995 Universal City Studios, Inc. and Syalis Droits Audiovisuels.