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Back Home Years Ago: The Real CASINO

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This documentary now available on DVD about the real Chicago gangsters involved with the Casinos in Las Vegas plays as a primer for Martin Scorsese's film Casino. The focus is on real life counterparts to the Nicholas Pileggi book "Casino," and film. "The Real Casino" gives you insights to the film's main characters such as Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal (the Robert DeNiro character), Tony Spilotro (the Joe Pesci character), Alan Dorfman (the Alan King Character), and several of their pals and relatives who were privy to the way Chicago's "Outfit" operated and gained favor in Las Vegas.

The film first aired on John Pierson's Split Screen on IFC as well as Bravo and PBS. This DVD contains deleted scenes, making of featurette, IFC version, and 14 min. TF version.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Joe Alexandre
  • Directors: Joseph F. Alexandre
  • Writers: Joseph F. Alexandre
  • Producers: Joseph F. Alexandre
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: JFA Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00013RBPI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,450 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Marc on May 13, 2014
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They kept repeating the same things over again and again. The few good things were this "mysterious" middle aged woman who was somehow related to someone from the movie casino or an associate,they never say, kept saying "People think its all glamorous but they dont realize the carnage done to the families." They kept showing more of Joe Pesci than the character he portrayed. The 3 main characters giving their take/interview on it were not even made guys or associates but just people who grew up in the neighborhood in Chicago where the Casino characters were from. Some of their opinions were interesting for a minute or 2, but i am angry at Amazon for charging 2 bucks for a 25 minute movie. Thats more per minute than any movie shown on Amazon! And it was just ok. The best part was the last sentence. Because it was repeated twice in the movie. See if you catch the beauty of how they timed it so well.

It was as if they were telling us a great truth vegas big shots knew for years "What goes on in Vegas, stays in Vegas.." In other words, we should be lucky we even got a snippett of what we saw. Oh and one thing that was interesting was that The real Frank Rosenthal was as arrogant and unlikable as he was in the movie played by Dinero./ And I remember Dinero saying he fired his black jack dealer for kissing his wifes hand and saying she looks very beautiful in front of him. Makes me wonder about the basement and hammer part. We will never know,bet on that! And my guess is, if that didnt happen, Lefty probably fired so many hard working people for the stupidest infractions because he was a Hitler according to what 2 people here say about him.
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Decent documentary but way too short. I liked the story and the back story behind some of the characters was good, but the story didn't last long enough. I paid to rent the documentary and felt I'd wasted my money as just as I was starting to get into the thing it was over. I kind of felt cheated. I think that the entire thing should have been at least thrice as long.
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I think most folks are looking at this film the wrong way. First off the other version on VOD is a much better, detailed film. The Real CASINO Special Edition Bonus Secondly, when you're dealing w/ those who really are connected to the 'outfit' it's not like people are gonna wear signs saying, "Here I am." No, there are no blueprints diagraming where the dead and buried bodies are. A factual exposition isn't the sole goal of this film. Simply put, Bill Roemer would've loved this film, if you don't know who he is, then you probably aren't gonna 'get' it.

This is an inside, impressionistic view of how the 'outfit' really works, and something of an alternative view from the gloss of Hollywood. And at the same time, it presents quite a bit of interesting info. on the real Lefty Rosenthal (DeNiro), Tony Spilotro (Pesci) and others. THE REAL CASINO lends a touch of tangability to CASINO that wasn't present for me the first time around. In many ways, getting to know what the reality behind the story is more frightening than either of Scorsese's mob movies (Casino and GoodFellas.)

In CASINO, the names and players in Scorsese's movie were all changed, but Alexandre sheds light on who the contributing players actually were. The Real Casino unfolds from Alexandre's point of view as he wanders Chicago interviewing relatives and listening to first hand accounts. Alexandre's first person perspective lends a Michael Moore feel without the hamperings of Michael Moore's self-indulgence, and in the end Alexandre's discoveries become our own.
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There's simply no bigger fan of Casino in the Universe than myself. At first, I wasn't all that impressed with this film it seemed too short. But, then after seeing a bunch of TV films on the real people on msnbc and A&e I realized this film was way better than I thought because it gave a more realistic bird's eye view of the so called 'outfit' and real people behind the film. If you just wanna know who's who and whatnot you can just read the book. But, I loved seeing stuff on the real Spilotro and learning how even the mob guys didn't like the real Lefty because he was an ego maniac, 'he knew bettrer than everybody else.' The mob boss interviewed here says he didn't like his arrogance. All the stuff about Dorfman the Alan King character was fascinating also. A lot of the interviews had me on the edge of my seat, it was impressive. If you're looking for more than just the facts then this is your film, had an interesting style as well.

I also highly recommend the new version that has two discs with the new, longer version as a bonus. It's outstanding, many new stills and footage. Awesome! Back Home Years Ago: THE REAL CASINO (2001)
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