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Casino

Rating:R (for strong brutal violence, pervasive strong language, drug use and some sexuality.)
Genre:Drama
Release Date:November 22, 1995
Running time:178 minutes
Cast:Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, James Woods, Don Rickles
Director:Martin Scorsese
Producer:Barbara De Fina
Writer:Nicholas Pileggi
Distributor:Universal Pictures

Description: The inner-workings of a corrupt Las Vegas casino are exposed in Martin Scorsese's story of crime and punishment. The film chronicles the lives and times of three characters: Ace Rothstein (Robert De Niro), a bookmaking wizard; Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), a Mafia underboss and longtime best friend to Ace; and Ginger McKenna (Sharon Stone, in a role she was born to play), a leggy ex-prostitute with a fondness for jewelry 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. 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.~ Jeremy Beday, All Movie Guide

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