The casinos we see in film are invariably different to those we lose our money at in real life.
Stakes are always high, fortune comes at the turn of a card and you can bet your last chip there’s a portly Texan wearing a giant cowboy hat stood behind a couple of newlyweds about to roll snake eyes. But of course we don't mind the cliche because, let's face it, this oft-used film location never fails to heighten the drama.
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You don’t cross Robert De Niro’s Ace Rothstein, loosely based on Frank ‘Lefty’ Rosenthal, the mob associate who ran a throng of Las Vegas casinos for the Chicago Outfit back in the '70s. Composed, level-headed, business-like, it’s easy to see why the mob favour Ace to front their operations, which he does so with a real mean streak when necessary. Just as one bootless cowboy finds to his detriment, resting his socks atop a casino table before being ejected from the venue head-first. It’s just one of the parts of Martin Scorsese’s 1995 film which makes it such a triumph.
Casino RoyaleDr NoCasino Royale
Rain ManthoseRain Man
The StingThe Sting
Fear & Loathing In Las VegasFear & Loathing In Las VegasThe Wolf Of Wall Street.
The HangoverThe HangoverRain Man-
Run Lola Run
Talk about breathless thrillers - it was knackering just watching the titular heroine dash across Berlin and gather a ransom in exchange for her boyfriend’s life. During one rare pause for breath in the film, Lola visits a stuffy casino, her unkempt appearance directly at odds with the well-tuxedoed table hosts whose sneering looks quickly turn to shock as she wins big. The shot of the ball gunning it around a roulette wheel as she emits an ear-piercing scream is brilliant - and don't worry about the lack of subtitles, it's all about the visuals for this one.
National Lampoon’s Vegas VacationNational Lampoons Christmas Vacation
Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels
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