• Publication date: September 1, 2011

No one stays at the top forever Casino: Winner losses all

Las Vegas 1973 is the setting for this fact-based story about the Mob s multi-million dollar casino operation where fortunes and lives were made and lost with a roll of the dice.

Las Vegas 1973 is the setting for this fact-based story about the Mob s multi-million dollar casino operation where fortunes and lives were made and lost with a roll of the dice.

The film chronicles the lives and times of three characters: "Ace" Rothstein, a bookmaking wizard; Nicky Santoro, a Mafia underboss and longtime best friend to Ace; and Ginger McKenna, a leggy ex-prostitute with a fondness for jewellery and a penchant for playing the field.

Ace plays by the rules (albeit Vegas rules, which, as he reminds the audience in voiceover, would make him a criminal in any other state), while Nicky and Ginger lie, cheat, and steal their respective ways to the top.

Nicky is unable to control his obsession of gambling and violent behavior causing the attention of the media and the FBI to question and eavesdrop on him.

Ace eventually falls in love with Ginger. The film's first hour and a half details their rise to power, while the second half follows their downfall as the FBI, corrupt government officials, and angry mob bosses pick apart their Camelot piece by piece.

The film is based on the non-fiction book by Nicholas Pileggi of the same name, which in turn was inspired by actual personas and events in the Las Vegas casino community.

Stone picked up a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture and a nomination for an Academy, while Scorsese picked up a Academy nomination for Best Director.

This movie is rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive strong language, drug use and some sexuality.

Year: 178 mins

Runtime: 178 mins

Genre: Biography/ Crime/ Drama

Starring:

Robert De Niro

James Woods

Joe Pesci

Sharon Stone

Kevin Pollak

L.Q. Jones

Frankie Avalon

Steve Allen

Don Rickles

Jerry Vale

John Bloom

Alan King

Jayne Meadows

Dick Smothers

Directed by: Martin Scorsese