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Directed By: Martin Scorsese

Plot: 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. Seen through their eyes, each as a foil to the other, the details of mob involvement in the casinos of the 1970's and '80's are revealed. Ace is the smooth operator of the Tangiers casino, while Nicky is his boyhood friend and tough strongman, robbing and shaking down the locals. However, they each have a tragic flaw--Ace falls in love with a hustler, Ginger, and Nicky falls into an ever-deepening spiral of drugs and violence..

Martin Scorsese is considered one the greatest directors of all time, He's brought us many movie classics like, GoodFellas, Taxi Diver, Raging Bull, and my favourite of them all.....Casino. Ime probably one of very few who considers Casino Better than Goodfellas, and ime probably all alone when I say I consider it Scorsese's best work. Casino has always been a movie favourite of mine ever since i was a young boy ( yep I watched these films young ). It's a movie I have owned on Vhs, Dvd, and Blu Ray, and a movie i have seen more times than I wish to write. Ime a big gangster movie fan, i love most gangster films out there, but Scorsese is the man that nails it. Goodfellas and Casino are exceptional, there two of the greatest movie ever made.

Nicole Kidman, Melanie Griffith, Rene Russo, Cameron Diaz, Uma Thurman and Michelle Pfeiffer were considered for the role of Ginger. Traci Lords was seriously considered after an excellent audition. Madonna was almost cast, but Sharon Stone convinced director Martin Scorsese to give her the role.
Casino is fantastic movie, with a great story, and excellent cast. The cast is what really shines for me in Casino, Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro are the greatest movie duo ever, and it's no surprise Scorsese used them both in Casino and Goodfellas. Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro, and Sharon Stone all deliver fantastic performances in this movie. Joe Pesci is as crazy as ever, delivering pretty much the same performance as he did in GoodFellas. Robert Di Nero delivers as per usual, and Sharon Stone is as sexy as ever, she delivers her best performance of her career.

According to Alan King, Frank 'Lefty' Rosenthal, upon whom the Robert De Niro character was based, wanted Richard Widmark to play the lead in the film. However, Widmark was 80 years old by that time, and, therefore, not a practical choice.
Ime really hoping Casino pops up high on the Mofo's 90's countdown. I don't know if i can call this movie underrated, but i want to. It's certainly underrated when comparing it to Scorsese's other movies, and it certainly gets over shadowed by GoodFellas. Casino is sharp, stylish and gripping. It's a movie I will always love, and a movie that I will always argue, and call Scorsese's finest.