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MovieAddict - wrote on 05/15/2013
Casino tells the story of Sam 'Ace' Rothstein, a chain-smoking gambling perfectionist who is hired by the Chicago Mob to run the Tangiers Casino in Las Vegas. Joe Pesci co-stars as Rothstein's longtime friend Nicky Santoro, who is also sent to Vegas by the Chicago boys to keep the peace and protect Rothstein.
After a very successful start in Vegas, Rothstein courts and marries a beautiful hustler named Ginger McKenna (Sharon Stone). But her surreptitious ongoing relationship with sleazy ex-boyfriend Lester Diamond (James Woods) combined with her obsession with jewelry, expensive clothes, cars, drugs and consequently her indifference towards her own daughter pushes Sam to the outer limits of his endurance. Their deteriorating relationship threatens to sink the whole casino …
Yojimbo - wrote on 05/19/2012
Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci reunite with Martin Scorcese to tell the story of Sam Rothstein, egotistical boss of a fledgling gambling empire in Las Vegas. The pairing of DeNiro and Pesci is once again electrifying, each personifying the flashier, more respectable surface and seedier, brutal underbelly of the mob controlled casino respectively but ultimately it is their own egoism that becomes their undoing. Comparison with Goodfellas is inevitable and it does not quite match the quality of Scorcese's masterpiece but then again, not much does. It is rather glossier and less gritty, at least until the brutal climax and for me it concentrated a little too much on Rothstein's homelife but having said that, Sharon Stone is a revelation as his cynical gold-digging wife. A reliable formula …
Moviehead - wrote on 04/21/2012
It doesnt feel as good as goodfellas, but since goodfellas is much more than four stars i dont feel need to give this one less than four stars.
Story is great. De Niro as clever guy who runs big business , businessman( its pointless, i think to even speak about his acting, i think he can play anything), Pesci as gangster with no restrictions, clasical part, but this time we also have Stone who plays crazy prostitue who marries clever guy (big mistake for thinker). Of course there is many more interesting characters, all well acted.
With so many great characters it would be hard for story to not be good. Directing is also good, not great as earlier Scorsese. And some shots are very memorable.
It was very fun and also funny film about these half animals half people, who we can relate to …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 08/17/2011
"You gotta lay down the law, otherwise they're gonna make a fool out of you." After re-watching the movie it makes you appreciate the brilliance os the legendary director. The music example for the timeline duration of the film, detailed character development, camera shots gliding from various tight angles, the chosen artists and screenplay. Robert De Niro (Sam "Ace" Rothstein) and Sharon Stone (Ginger) portrayed their parts well, however, Joe Pesci (Nicky Santoro) shines in his supporting role. It was like watching a documentary than a film, nifty camera work and smart script.
Still, some elements (length, what happened to Sam's daughter and Nicky's son, etc.) seem to be missing to make this truly a classic like Taxi Driver or Goodfellas. The only thing memorable was the …
ryan - wrote on 05/21/2010
The organized crime ring from the midwest almost had Vegas in their hands... Almost. What they weren't counting on is a highly unstable bride/hooker (Sharon Stone) to pit Mickey and Sam against one another, and an even more unstable gangster,(Joe Pesci) to oversee the skim in the Casino that Sam Rothstein is running, to piss of all of Vegas's law enforcement. But what really brings everything down is the greed all of the characters succumb to. Some much more than others, but it is still a constant in this film. All starts out well, but these people, with the exception of Sam Rothstein, really aren't all that equipped to deal with the problems and opportunities that come up during the course of their lives that this film portrays. Actually, they really aren't able to deal with life in …
mdtinney - wrote on 05/24/2009
Scorsese knows how to make an interesting movie. What's great about Casino is how real the violence and emotions of the characters are. First is the acting. Sharon Stone gives a terrific performance and Ginger, the out of control don't-you-know-she'll-be-trouble-girl. Robert DeNiro as Ace is also a very wise choice, because DeNiro can play the complete opposite of his character in Goodfellas. Jimmy in Goodfellas was a strong and intimidating man, while Ace is always hiding behind Nicky. Speaking of Nicky, Joe Pesci gives, I think, an even better performance than in Goodfellas. His character doesn't look like much, but his acting makes him so much bigger. Also, the chemistry between the three is outstanding. For example, when Ace confronts Ginger after they leave the restaurant. You see …