Casino

Casino is a 1995 movie directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the book of the same name by Nicholas Pileggi and Larry Shandling. Robert De Niro stars as Sam "Ace" Rothstein, a top gambling handicapper who is called by The Mob to oversee the day-to-day operations at the fictional Tangiers Casino in Las Vegas. The story is based on Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal, who ran the Stardust, Fremont and the Hacienda casinos in Las Vegas for The Mob from the 1970s until the early 1980s.

Joe Pesci plays Nicky Santoro, based on the real-life Anthony "Tony the Ant" Spilotro, an intimidating enforcer for the Chicago Outfit. Santoro is sent to Vegas by the bosses to make sure that money from the Tangiers is skimmed off the top and that the casinos and mobsters in Vegas are kept in line. Sharon Stone plays Rothstein's wife, Ginger, a role that earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

Pileggi has described Casino as Scorsese's last installment to his gangster trilogy, supplementing Mean Streets and Goodfellas. However, the film has more obvious stylistic connections to the latter (Goodfellas), Scorsese's early 1990s cinematic masterpiece. Also, both films were based on a book by Pileggi and starred De Niro and Pesci. For these reasons, many critics consider Casino an unofficial sequel to Goodfellas.

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Casino:Story

The film is the adaption of the novel Casino which circles around the lives of mob associates Frank Rosenthal (renamed Sam Rothstein for the movie), Tony Spilotro (renamed Nicholas "Nicky" Santoro), Joseph Aiuppa (Remo Gaggi) and Frank Cullotta (Frank Marino). Rothstein and Santoro narrate the film.

Rothstein is entrusted by the leaders of the Chicago outfit, led by Gaggi from Chicago, Illinois, to manage a Las Vegas casino (the Tangiers) they have financed and send them skimmed profits. Rothstein's friend Santoro shows up later and starts working for himself. While Rothstein appears to be a kind-hearted gentleman, Santoro is the polar opposite: an amoral psychopath who will not hesitate to kill anyone he sees as a threat. In one scene, after Santoro is asked by Gaggi to protect Rothstein, Santoro stabs a man in the neck with a pen solely for insulting Rothstein, then mocks the man's whimpers. His cruelty also comes to the surface at another point when he takes his anger out on the Casino Manager, Billy Sherbert (Don Rickles) and hits him in the face with a telephone, calling him a "Jew fuck."

Rothstein and Santoro's relationship meets its biggest test when a woman named Ginger McKenna (based on Geraldine McGee) comes into Rothstein's life. After dating for a few years they have a daughter and get married, Sam having insisted on having the child first to ensure Ginger's commitment to him. All seems well until Ginger is caught sneaking around with her old boyfriend, Lester Diamond (based on Lenny Marmor). Rothstein and Santoro have their men beat Diamond, but it doesn't stop him. Ginger and Diamond eventually kidnap the daughter, Amy, and flee for Los Angeles until Rothstein tracks them down and convinces Ginger to bring Amy back home.

Though not satisfied, Rothstein accepts Ginger back inside the house, but that night, Rothstein catches Ginger speaking on the phone, asking someone to assassinate her husband. Furious, Rothstein hangs the phone up and forces her out of the house. She returns later on, but Rothstein has an even harder time accepting her back.

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Casino:Characters and whom they are based

Robert De Niro as Sam "Ace" Rothstein: Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal
Joe Pesci as Nicky Santoro: Tony "the Ant" Spilotro
Sharon Stone as Ginger McKenna/Rothstein: Geri McGee/Rosenthal
Frank Vincent as Frank Marino: Frank Cullotta
Pasquale Cajano as Remo Gaggi: Joseph Aiuppa
Alan King as Andy Stone: Allen Dorfman
Bill Allison as John Nance: Jay Vandermark
Don Rickles as Billy Sherbert: Murray Ehrenberg
Philip Suriano as Dominick Santoro: Michael Spilotro
Carl Ciarfalio as Tony Dogs: Billy McCarthy
Vinny Vella as Artie Piscano: Carl Deluna
Kevin Pollak as Phillip Green: Allen Glick
James Woods as Lester Diamond: Lenny Marmor
Nobu Matsuhisa as K.K. Ichikawa : Akio Kashiwagi
Ffiolliott Le Coque as Anna Scott: Tamara Rand
Dick Smothers as The Senator: Harry Reid
Oscar Goodman as Himself
NOTE: The Tangiers Casino is based on The Stardust Casino

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