The movie mixes fiction and fact well and adds drama to movie fans. However, the story remains closely knit to the real-life of UK gambling experts. When the casino operators strike back, the plot becomes more intriguing. Throughout the 2000s, Scorsese would make increasingly massive gambles with studio resources, producing five $100 million-plus movies, a fact that doesn’t undermine Casino’s despairing subtext so much as vindicate it from the inside out.
- The moment when Rothstein survives a car bombing is based onreal-life eventsthat occurred in the life of Rosenthal.
- It’s a shame that Owen has rarely found a film since that’s so magnetic.
- De Niro perfectly captures this obsessive compulsion, a nature that helps Ace reach the heady heights of casino manager but also brings out the worst, most controlling parts of his personality.
- And while the kids play cardboard pirates, Mommy and Daddy drop the house payments and Junior’s college money on the poker slots.
- During that period, they went through a roller coaster of murder, love, adultery, marriage, and revenge.
Pesci has the tendency to recycle elements of his similarly erratic and violent roles from Raging Bull and Goodfellas but that is down to the character more than his acting ability. He is still engagingly vile and is symbolic of the darkest side of the Mafia. De Niro’s Ace is different from roles he has played in the past; Ace is a man who is guilty of numerous heinous acts in Casino but still has a superbly written and superbly acted complexity to him. A memorable scene sees Ace demand that all blueberry muffins sold in the casino must have exactly the same number of blueberries in them.
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Jessica Chastain is so good in the role you sometimes forget about all that drivel coming out of Arron Sorkin’s script. Believe it or not, The Gamblerreally happened. James Toback based the screenplay on his own gambling habits, which might explain why he’s been hit with so many allegations for problematic behavior. His character is cruel, lost, sexist, and addicted to betting.
Bugsy is less about gambling — although Siegel surely takes some big chances — than it is about Sin City’s messy birth, which proves fascinating, even if the movie’s glitzy, prestige-picture trappings are a bit limiting. Made in the heat of the now-mercifully-cooled World Series of Poker craze, the late Curtis Hanson put an immediate halt to his terrific L.A. Confidential/Wonder Boys/8 Mile/In Her Shoes run with this mostly hackneyed story of a superstar poker player with a complicated relationship with his even bigger superstar poker-player father . We have seen that story a million times in a million better sports movies — this even has a Big Game at the end — but both Bana and Duvall find some truth in their characters regardless. This movie was a disaster at the box office, and Hanson’s hot streak was over.
And the movie does allude to things happening elsewhere, such as the mob bosses based in Kansas City. There’s a related need for a place where the rules are suspended, where there’s no day or night, where everything has a price, where if you’re lucky, you go home a millionaire. Of course, people who go to Vegas lose money, and people who deal with the mob, regret it. Neither the mob nor Vegas could exist if most people weren’t optimists. Watch the Casino movie trailer for the film starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone.