Casino is a 1995 American crime-drama directed by Martin Scorsese. It is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Nicholas Pileggi, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the film with Scorsese. The two previously collaborated on the 1990 hit film Goodfellas.
The film marks the eighth and (to date) final collaboration between director Scorsese and Robert De Niro, following Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), New York, New York (1977), Raging Bull (1980), The King of Comedy (1983), Goodfellas (1990), and Cape Fear (1991).
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Casino Movie Plot
In 1973, Sam “Ace” Rothstein, a sports handicapper and Mafia associate, is sent to Las Vegas to run the Teamsters-funded Tangiers Casino on behalf of several Midwest Mob families. Taking advantage of lax gaming laws allowing him to work at the casino while his gaming license is still pending, Sam becomes the Tangiers’ de facto boss and doubles the casino’s profits, which are skimmed by the Mob before the records are reported to income tax agencies. Impressed with Sam’s work, the bosses send Sam’s friend, enforcer and caporegime Nicholas “Nicky” Santoro and his crew to protect Sam and the whole business. Nicky, however, begins to become more of a liability than an asset; his violent temper quickly gets him banned by the gaming board from every casino, and his name is placed in the Black Book. Nicky then gathers his own crew and begins running unsanctioned shakedowns and burglaries.
Sam, meanwhile, meets and falls in love with a hustler, Ginger McKenna. Despite Ginger’s reluctance, they soon conceive a daughter, Amy, and marry. Their relationship begins to deteriorate when Sam and Nicky catch Ginger giving money to her former boyfriend, a con man named Lester Diamond (James Woods). Sam also makes an enemy in Clark County Commissioner Pat Webb by firing Webb’s brother-in-law Donald Ward (John Bloom) for incompetence, and refusing to reinstate him. Webb retaliates by pulling Sam’s casino license application from the backlog and forcing Sam to have a license hearing, while secretly arranging for the gaming board and State Senator Harrison Roberts to reject the license. Wikipedia