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5.0 out of 5 stars You better believe this is one of Scorsese's best., November 23, 2007
This review is from: Casino - Special Edition (DVD)
"Casino" is, without doubt one of the best films by Scorsese. The film runs for almost three hours and events take their time to unravel, and rightly so.

The performances: Robert De Niro is one of the finest actors to come out of Hollywood and that's a universal fact! In this movie, he delivers a performance that qualifies as one his best after 'Raging Bull'. He appears super-cool as the Casino operator and you cannot help but sympathize with him in some later parts of the movie when he is having a bad time because of various reasons. Trust him to play an all-in-one character: a mob-connected Casino guy, a friend and a loving father all at the same time! His powerful performance in this movie has to be seen to be believed. It is nothing short of mind-blowing!

Joe Pesci..what can one say about this guy! Delivering sharp dialogs and firing those F-words with a one-of-a-kind punch is something only he can do! He plays a wicked, wicked character who also cares for his boy-hood friend, Sam. Another brilliant performance after GoodFellas, he is the finest choice for his role.

Sharon Stone: Superb!! I never thought I would feel that about her performance, but indeed, she gets a hell of a chance to act here..and she does it exceedingly well! The drunk hustler who cannot find happiness is played to perfection by Sharon...I guess it is also kudos to the director for bringing out the actor in her.

Then there are some wonderful, but small supporting performances by James Woods as Lester Diamond, Frank Vincent as Frank Marino, Alan King as Andy Stone and Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects) as Phillip Green. Special mention here, of Pasquale Cajano, who is superb as the mob boss, Remo Gaggi.

The soundtrack is very much like that in GoodFellas. And much in the same manner, there is some playful rock'n'roll music playing in the background during any violent scene of crime!

The dialog is brilliant. Robert Richardson's cinematography is amazing. The wonderful screenplay for the film is co-written by Nicolas Pileggi who is also the author of the book.

As mentioned before, the film runs for about 3 hours but there is not a single moment when you'd want to take your eyes off the screen.

An under-rated classic, this one deserves a rightful place up there along with Scorsese's other acclaimed classics.
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Initial post: Nov 23, 2007 11:04:38 PM PST
Boogie D, you're the man! Great review bud, this is so underrated. I had no idea Sharon Stone could act like that, she plays the perfect drugged out cheatin' housewife. I miss ole Rob and Joe, they were both in The Good Sheperd but it wasn't the same. I also loved James Woods in this, he played a great scumbag.


Aww, good times, you're making me wanna pop this one in again bro. Later...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2007 11:24:06 PM PST
Lol, Dude your crazy, that's what I like about you man. Sharon Stone is excellent in this film. Casino is one of those movies that will either increase in value over the years, or become lost and then rediscovered by a new generation of movie buffs who will then be puzzled why this gem was missed by the contemporaries...

This film have some things that I won't ever forget, thanks for the comments C.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2007 11:07:10 PM PST
Jenny J.J.I. says:
"Goodfellas" or "Casino", "Casino" or "Goodfellas"... Which is the better film? This may never be decided. Both chronicle the lives of gangsters throughout their years, both good and bad, leading up to their eventual demises. "Casino" is an unforgettable I also believe this is Scorsese's best film. Very controversial you might say but let me try and convince you. De Niro and Pesci as ever are brilliant Sharon stone gives great support.

As Always, Great review Al and I agree Chris is amazingly crazy!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2007 11:04:25 PM PST
Thanks Jen, I know this movie gets compare to Goodfellas a lot but I don't see them that way. People can point out a billion technical faults with Casino, but I would never see anything wrong with it. Although I don't feel it does it justice, as it seems many critics are happy to give full marks to any old movie, I give Casino all five of my stars and a high recommended tag. Thanks again you two you guys are great.

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 2:07:06 PM PST
Very good review. You know your mob movies. I have to give you credit. Later man.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2008 12:06:12 PM PST
Appreciate that Main Man thanks for stopping by

Posted on Jan 5, 2010 12:15:34 PM PST
I really love this movie. I kind of think of it as a gambling version of Goodfellas, (or, "Goodfellas Goes to Las Vegas").
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