in about 100 words or less
US 178m, Colour
Director: Martin Scorsese; Cast: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Sharon Stone, James Woods, Frank Vincent, Don Rickles
Casino is an epic mob genre film based on the Nicholas Pileggi novel of the same name about the inner workings of Las Vegas Casinos during the 1970s and 80s. This is the story of Tangiers boss Sam “Ace” Rothstein, and his pal Nicky Santoro, an enforcer who keeps an eye on operations and ensures that the bosses back east get their cut. Employing extensive narration, and dazzling visuals, Casino also has a realistic documentary-like tone and attention to period details which provide an almost voyeuristic experience about the bad old days of Vegas (Klaus Ming April 2015).