Impressive ambition and bravura performances from an outstanding cast help Casino pay off in spite of a familiar narrative that may strike some viewers as a safe bet for director Martin Scorsese.
It may not be Scorsese's greatest work, but this guy feeling a little off-colour is still far, far better than most people on fighting-fit form. It only gets more impressive as times goes on. | Full Review...
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So long as Casino stays focused on the excesses -- of language, of violence, of ambition -- in the life-styles of the rich and infamous, it remains a smart, knowing, if often repetitive, spectacle.
Scorsese may be flailing here, but Scorsese flailing is more formidable than most directors at the top of their form.
It's not the actors' fault that no one is able to break through the film's gorgeous but chilly surface. You watch Casino with respect and appreciation, reveling in its documentary sense of detail.
Tagline: No one stays at the top forever.
Source: based on the book by Nicholas Pileggi
Motion Picture Rating: R
Genres: crime, drama
Categories: crime epic, mafia, gambling, organized crime, gangster, marriage crisis, money laundering, mob violence, rise and fall, las vegas nevada, casino, greed, dual narration, cheating wife, femme fatale, drug overdose, gambling syndicate
Producer: Barbara De Fina
Editor: Thelma Schoonmaker
Casting: Ellen Lewis
Director of photography: Robert Richardson
Executive producer: Alain Goldman
Associate producer: Joseph P. Reidy
Production design: Dante Ferretti
Runtime: 178 min
Country: USA, France
Sound Mix: DTS-Stereo, DTS
Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1
Color: Color (Technicolor)