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Movie club: Casino

June 9, 2019 @ 16:00 - 17:00 UTC


June 9, 2019
16:00 - 17:00 UTC
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  1. Introduction

    A tale of greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a casino executive, compete against each other over a gambling empire, and over a fast living and fast loving socialite.

    – Background information about the movie

    "There's no plot at all", Martin Scorsese said in an interview included on the Blu-ray. "It's three hours, no plot. So you know this going in. There's a lot of action, a lot of story, but no plot."

    – The movie director and main characters

    * Movie director Martin Scorsese

    * Sam "Ace" Rothstein (Robert De Niro)

    A low-level mobster gets tapped by his bosses to head the Tangiers Casino.

    * Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci)

    His loose-cannon enforcer 

    * Ginger (Sharon Stone)

    His ex-hustler wife 

    * Lester Diamond (James Woods) 

    Her con-artist ex 

    Plot Synopsis

    n 1975, bookie and expert handicapper Sam Rothstein – Ace to his friends – goes somewhat legitimate when the Chicago based Italian Mafia hires him to run the Tangiers Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Ace can do the job, applying for his gaming license despite his past, while having his ever changing job title be anything but running the casino and the actual license getting lost in the never ending process. Ace's best friend from childhood Nicky Santoro, eventually comes along for the ride, he who the Mafia hires to be Ace and the organization's unofficial protector. Ace is able to make a success of the casino, which includes the process of the Mafia bosses being able to skim profits off the top, while making the entire business look legitimate to the authorities. Ace's success is placed into jeopardy by Nicky, not only by his reckless, violent, volatile and ruthless behavior, but also by his want to eke out his own gangster fiefdom in Las Vegas. It is also placed into jeopardy by who becomes Ace's wife, Ginger McKenna, who he knew was a hustler when he married her and who he wants to trust in every aspect of the word in his love for her. She ends up being a self-destructive woman, her primary weakness being in wanting to help a friend, a hanger-on and loser named Lester Diamond.

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