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Summary: 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... (imdb)
Gets an unfortunate reputation as a repetition of Goodfellas [as if Scorsese hadn't used similar themes before?]. The comparison is there but I prefer this in cast and atmosphere; Goodfellas feels like a cartoon next to this. The final chapter is especially chilling.
Overly long and indulgent Vegas mobster flick that still manages some great scenes. With the length everything gets tiring including the switching narration, repetitive backroom machinations, but especially Stones whining presence. De Niro's character felt like a retread of his established mob persona, yet by the end his motivations still weren't clear to me. Scorsese's slick direction keeps it enjoyable enough, but the story is a step down from his best.
a pretty decent movie in its own right, although de niro, and scorsese have both done better. the movie seems to have no climax, it just kind of goes to an unsatisfying resolution instead, and it doesn't quite work, but i wouldn't turn anyone away from this, it's definately a good watch, but not great.
One part gambling, three parts corruption, add a dash of strong personalities and you have Casino. Anyone interested in any of the above will find Casino an interesting film. De Niro pulls off the gambling mogul well while Pesci bounces off him in one of his best roles ever. Gambling junkies will appreciate the scenes about betting, odds, and cheats. Highly recommended in the vein of Heat, Scarface, or Goodfellows!
I can't believe I waited so many years to see this one. A great story and great characters add up to a thoroughly engrossing and exceptionally stylized tale of crime and dishonesty. It doesn't hold a candle to Taxi Driver or Raging Bull but it's definitely one of his finest. Not to be missed !!!