La Casa Del Chef, Ponce

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The chairmen of the Gaming Control Board investigation, including a Commissioner and a Senator who enjoys free VIP treatment in the Casino but starts clashing with Sam after a nepotism issue.

All the fancy clothes of course. Cruel and Unusual Death: Nicky and his brother Dominick. Asshole Victim , yes, but that was still a horrific way to go. Nicky puts one victim's head in a vice. Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Ace gets his check. Anywhere in the country he is a bookie and a felon, but in Las Vegas gambling is legal and his skills promote him to a successful entrepreneur.

This is the only place in the country where a bookie joint is legit. So what did Ace do? He took the bookie joints off the streets and then opened them up inside the casino!

Casino is far more violent and downbeat than Goodfellas. The film has almost no lighter moments, and its killings are far more stomach churning. Ace and Nicky—especially when they're narrating. Piscano didn't die of a heart attack during the FBI questioning. Pesci's character is beaten to death by a character played by Frank Vincent. Vincent had played characters Pesci had either viciously beaten or killed in Raging Bull and Goodfellas , both directed by Scorsese.

One closes most of the narrative; a great number of characters get taken care of to the music of The House of the Rising Sun. Death of a Thousand Cuts: No one thing brings the Casino down. It's a lot of little things that come together Ace's License, Nicky's antics, the wire in the produce store Inverted with Ace's car bomb.

A variety of contributing factors conspire to spare his life. He's a frontman for the mafia but puts on airs and thinks getting invited to country club is a sign of legitimacy when he represents the reality of their work. You beat Nicky with fists, he comes back with a bat. You beat him with a knife, he comes back with a gun.

And if you beat him with a gun, you better kill him, because he'll keep comin' back and back until one of you is dead. I think in all fairness, I should explain to you exactly what it is that I do. For instance tomorrow morning I'll get up nice and early, take a walk down over to the bank and And just about the time that I'm comin' out of jail, hopefully, you'll be coming out of your coma.

I'll split your fuckin' head open again. I don't give a fuck about jail. That's what I do. It becomes his Fatal Flaw when it comes to dealing with Ward. Nick notes that the police in Las Vegas aren't above burying people in holes in the desert themselves.

Everybody began to tumble, one after the other, like dominoes: Between Piscano complaining on the wire, between Nicky, Ginger, me and my license We managed to really fuck it all up" Disposing of a Body: Nicky gives a very insightful lecture on the subject Sam It's in the desert where lots of the town's problems are solved.

Nicky Got a lot of holes in the desert Except you gotta do it right. I mean, you gotta have the hole already dug before you show up with a package in the trunk.

Otherwise, you're talking about a half hour or 45 minutes of diggin'. Before you know it, you gotta dig a few more holes. You could be there all fuckin' night. In the end, Nicky provides a graphical self-demonstration too, with a slight variation by being set in an Indiana cornfield.

Nicky repeatedly stabs a guy in the neck with his own pen after the guy tells Ace to 'shove it up his ass' when Ace politely tries to return it to him. Horrific enough by itself, but keep in mind that Nicky is not even responding to an insult directed at him.

Distracted by the Luxury: Basically how Ace gets Ginger to marry him. Ward, who happens to be the cousin of a Commisioner and has a job in the casino because of that. Piscano, This guy can fuck up a cup of coffee. He gets a literal death by stupidity. Do You Trust Me? Sam opens an account to his wife and gets asked by a surprised bank manager if he trusts his wife, as his deed is very rare in a client.

Reversed later when Ace asks Ginger, several times "Can I trust you? She says yes, but she is lying. Nicky to other wiseguys. His very presence is enough to frighten two members of another crew from Sam's casino. Both Nicky and Ginger suffer hard for their drug use. End of an Age: The end of the film showcases the transition of ownership of Las Vegas from the mob bosses to the corporations.

Sam makes clear his disgust of the new Las Vegas, which caters to families instead of gamblers. The town will never be the same. After the Tangiers, the big corporations took it all over. Today, it looks like Disneyland. And while the kids play cardboard pirates, Mommy and Daddy drop the house payments and Junior's college money on the poker slots. In the old days, dealers knew your name, what you drank, what you played.

Today, it's like checkin' into an airport. And if you order room service, you're lucky if you get it by Thursday. Today, it's all gone. You get a whale show up with four million in a suitcase, and some twenty-five-year-old hotel school kid is gonna want his Social Security Number.

After the Teamsters got knocked out of the box, the corporations tore down practically every one of the old casinos. And where did the money come from to rebuild the pyramids? But it turned out to be the last time that street guys like us were ever given anything that fuckin' valuable again.

When Ace Rothstein's secretary announces the arrival in his office of a local official he doesn't really want to meet with, he asks her to call him back in a few minutes so he can get away from the meeting. Even Evil Has Standards: For a psychotically violent mobster who reacts to any minor slight, real or imagined, with disproportionate violence, Nicky sure has a lot of standards: He reacts very angrily when Ginger flippantly asks him to get someone to kill Ace; while relations between the two are at a low and he's been considering it himself, the guy was still like a brother to Nicky so he's not going to do it without a lot of thought.

It's implied that he eventually made up his mind and the car bomb Ace barely survives was a parting gift from Nicky, though. Nicky also expresses disgust over "degenerate gamblers".

In particular, he chews into one who's let his gambling addiction leave his family broke and unable to pay the bills. He even calls Remo one, though only in narration. When Ginger says that if she'd taken her and Ace's daughter, Ace would have hunted her down and killed her, Nicky corrects her by saying he would have.

And again, when a rival gang of mobsters shoot up one of his restaurants, killing not only some of his men but an innocent waitress who wasn't even supposed to be working that night, Nicky pulls out all the stops to find the perpetrators.

And by 'all the stops' we mean 'sticks a guy's head in a vice'. In a less-murderous example, he's also mortified when he learns that the reason one of his men got kicked out of the casino by Ace's guys was because he was rude, obnoxious and put his feet up on the table.

He ends up hitting the guy with a telephone receiver. You took your boots off? You put your feet on the table You fuck me up over there, I'll stick you in a hole in the fucking desert! Go over there and apologize.

The 'old-timers' capos "don't like any fucking around with the other guys' wives". Ace is disgusted with the modern Las Vegas of "theme park" casinos that attract families to invest in their kids college fund when before it was the province of serious gamblers who knew what they were doing and what the stakes were, and is pretty disappointed with the lousy service and poor standards of hospitality.

Ginger's transition from high class hustler to drug addict is marked by her trading in her long hair for an 80s mop. A minor one to showcase the passage of time; Nicky develops a Skunk Stripe as he ages. The scene with the vise. This specific bit was later cut by Scorsese, though the rest of the scene stayed. There isn't much left of Nicky's face when he and his brother are buried alive. The fact that he's still breathing as the dirt is being poured on him is even more disconcerting than if he was already dead.

The intimate scenes between Nicky and Ginger are clearly not meant to be hot. The senator's hooker, who we watch slip out of her gown in the senator's hotel room.

His pride and his ego. He arrogantly forgets that it was because of the mob bosses, as well as the Vegas police and politicians looking the other way, that he was able to run the Casino. He stepped on all their toes and only survived because he made good money for the bosses and still had the potential do so. He marries Ginger, knowing her bad reputation and seeing first hand how she was deeply attached to a worthless pimp. Yet, he convinces himself that he can change her for no reason other than ego, which he admits during the narration.

I can change her. He lacks empathy for everyone around him and thinks he can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants. He displays the classic social disorder of never admitting when he's wrong, even denying things he did or said, just to get his way, like claiming he never asked Sam if he can come to Vegas, when he did.

Or him pretending that Sam's banker didn't warn him that depositing large sums of money would result in a loss. He admits he messed up afterwards. Nicky and Sam are under constant surveillance, but the agents don't make a lot of progress. The real bosses are hundreds of miles away, and the Vegas staff go to great lengths to outwit the FBI.

At one point, while surveying from a small plane, they run out of gas and have to land on the golf course behind Sam's house. Ace puts a mallet to the hand of a cheater.

The cheater's partner ops to abandon the money rather than suffer the same treatment. The eponymous casino encounters the occasional cheater. It doesn't end well. The carbomb that hits Ace at the start of the film makes it look like Ace is narrating posthumously.

The trope is subverted after Ace survives. Two lines in the very beginning of the movie tell you how it's going to end. Piscano's mother telling his son he'll have a heart attack if he doesn't relax. Nicky pointing out that Sam keeping the head boss happy with money was the greatest insurance policy in the world. It's the reason the bosses don't have Sam killed in the end, and the car bombing attempt turned out to be an unauthorized hit by Nicky himself.

When Sam first saw Ginger, she was on a date with a man whose casino chips she threw all over the place out of spite. Instead of Ginger's behavior being a red flag, Sam falls in love and marries her. Like Ginger's date that night, Sam ends up regretting it, as Ginger throws his earnings away, too.

Nicky has a polite conversation with a local police chief who doubles as his son's baseball coach. They're just two Dads there, instead of cop and crook. Ace obviously maintains a very genial and friendly relationship with the cops right up to the very end which was Truth in Television for his real-life counterpart. When Ginger is talking on the phone to Sam, Amy can be seen poking and annoying Lester and him impotently threatening her.

Especially the ending with Ace lamenting what Vegas used to be. Ginger is an obvious, unapologetic one. Sam discusses the trope and thinks he can defy it and change her. Nicky Santoro's spectacular temper is a fatal liability which is pivotal to the plot. Nicky's wife hides a bunch of stolen diamonds in her mop to sneak it through the airport. Ace is certainly no hero, but he is portrayed as a doting husband who only makes his wife wear a beeper after she tries to run off with their daughter.

His real life inspiration Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal actually brutally beat his wife, openly cheated on her and humiliated her by buying other women more expensive gifts than her, yet was enough of a hypocrite to make her carry around a beeper so he knew where she was all the time. Geri McGee Rosenthal, the real life inspiration for Ginger, was a chip hustler and was no saint, but in real life she used her money from hustling to support her sick mother, her sister's family and her first daughter with the real life Lester Diamond.

She was known for her generosity and her intelligence: People in Vegas rave about what a great person she was, and she was considered a loving mom, so her breakdown was due to the abuse from Lefty.

The story about her tying her child to the bed frame is based solely on Lefty's word for it. For one thing, a lot what happened in the film actually happened outside of Vegas. Given that the film is named Casino and plays the Vegas aesthetic for all it's worth, it's understandable that the filmmakers wanted to keep the action around there.

And the movie does allude to things happening elsewhere, such as the mob bosses based in Kansas City. Nicky's death was an unintentional example. Ironically, in Real Life , Tony Spilotro, who inspired Nicky, died very similarly to how Pesci's previous role of Tommy died in Goodfellas The late Frank Rosenthal, the real-life inspiration for Ace, made it clear on his website that he definitely never tried to juggle on his talk show.

Similarly, Frank Cullotta the inspiration for Frank Marino did not participate in Tony Spilotro's death , as he was already in Witness Protection by that time. Frank Rosenthal actually secretly ran four different Vegas casinos for the mob: The movie distilled that down to the single, fictional "Tangiers. Though less on the hookers and more on the blow. How We Got Here: The film opens with Sam's car blowing up and he narrates the rest of the film. At one point during an argument, Nicky brings up how Ace got a bunch of guys to beat up Ginger's old boyfriend and how Nicky had to comfort her following this, and how Ace was a jerk for doing this.

Ace angrily points out that he conveniently appears to have left out his own role in this matter, since they were Nicky's guys. The mob bosses get outraged over the idea that someone is skimming off the top of the money that they are skimming off the top of the profits of the casino — essentially, that someone is daring to steal the money that they are stealing from someone else.

Although told that this is just part of the business "If you hire a guy to steal for you, he's gonna steal a little for himself" , their anger and greed ends up partially triggering the downfall of everyone. I Can Change My Beloved: Ace thinks he can do this with Ginger. The whole reason the mob bought into a Vegas casino is so they could skim cash right out of the count room.

Even victims of point-blank head shots react for a split second before dying. Phillip Green, the man the mobsters arranged to be their 'squeaky clean' front man, turns out to be a crook who cheated his partner in a real estate deal, thus bringing a lot of unwanted police attention on them. Everybody is punished by his own sins, in conformity to Hollywood morality and Scorsese's Christian upbringing, except For all the illegal and immoral activities going on in Las Vegas and inside the Tangiers, it's ultimately only when Sam does something he is entirely justified and right in doing — firing a stupid, useless employee who doesn't know what he's doing — that things start to fall apart.

Then again, Sam always stayed "non-political" and never knew too much about the Mafia's operations. Nicky, as mentioned under At Least I Admit It , thinks that the sort of old school thuggery that he employs is ultimately the heart of what being a gangster is, and has no use for the semi-legit, more white collar sort of crime that Ace and the bosses are converting to.

Possibly because it's fairly obvious that he would never fit in with such a plan. It results in Nicky being brutally murdered when he won't change and his exploits threaten everyone involved. Ace, on the other hand, rolls with the changing times and lands on his feet. The mob bosses , since everybody else pretty much ends up dead, and there's a good chance they won't be going to jail anyways.

Ace got off pretty easy when compared to Nicky and the others who meet with unfortunate consequences. His sins were much lesser than most of these to begin with and it gets explained because he still is a very good earner.

Frank Marino is likely promoted to Nicky's position at the end despite being his right-hand in many transgressions and fooled the bosses with some lies. Phillip Green , aside from getting questioned over extortion and the murder of his "partner" , seems to get away with merely being bought out by corporations as he's rarely mentioned after halfway through.

Nicky, viciously beaten along with his brother and dumped into a hole alive , and Ginger, who's possibly murdered via deliberate drug overdose. Nicky can get practically any woman he wants, despite being short, fat and far from conventionally attractive. Being one of the most powerful mobsters in Vegas has its advantages. At the end, the bosses are facing charges so everyone connected to the skimming operation is taken care of. Some bosses would rather spare a few, such as Stone whom the mafioso's call "a fuckin' Marine" in terms of being able to remain quiet, but as Remo puts it "why take a chance?

Ginger's and Nicky's life mistakes catch up to them, and Piscano dies of a Heart attack on the spot. Only Ace survives because he is a big earner, too valuable to waste. Ginger turns into this as her marriage goes downhill. Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club: Nicky, the number one jewel thief of the town, opens a jewelry store called The Gold Rush and a restaurant called The Leaning Tower.

The restaurant is frequented by numerous celebrities and important figures, many of whom are eager for the chance to rub elbows with a "legitimate businessman" like Nicky. It's written on the wall that The Tangiers is mob controlled. The local authorities happily tolerate it as long as the managers stay in line and play ball. When Ginger goes off the deep end Billy Sherbert shows up at Sam's place with a shotgun.

Ace's criminal record makes him inelegible for a gambling license, but the only thing he has to do is to apply for one. The state law says that he can work in a casino while the application is being processed, so after a while he changes his nominal job; rinse and repeat. Since his corporation is pouring a lot of money into Las Vegas the authorities have no reason to be inquisitive or do things by the book Sam gives them reasons later, though.

Love at First Sight: Sam falls for Ginger on the spot, when she is throwing away the winnings of another guy, no less. Nicky and all the people Nicky and Sam report to.

Notably, the main character, Sam "Ace" Rothstein, isn't a "made man" formal member and, being Jewish, isn't even eligible. Make an Example of Them: Discussed by Sam when he orders the physical punishment of a cheater with a hammer. Ace is rather lenient with his other accomplice, letting him choose between the money plus the hammer or just walking out, a subverted Sadistic Choice if Sam meant to be true to his word.

The first cheater is threatened with a saw but ends up 'only' with a 'hammered' hand. Remo instructs Nicky to pull no punches to enforce the trope after a mob bar is assaulted. The offender was the vise-guy The reason why the Santoro brothers are buried alive. The Man Behind the Man: Multiple levels of this.

Green is the official head of the Tangiers Corporation, but he takes orders from Andy Stone, the head of the Teamsters' Pension Fund which put up the money to buy the casino. Stone in turn takes orders from The Mafia bosses who actually control the Teamsters' Union. Billy Sherbert is the Casino Manager, but he takes all his orders from Ace, who was given that position by Stone, and so on.

Lampshaded by Ace on the casino security system: In Vegas, everybody's gotta watch everybody else. Since the players are looking to beat the casino, the dealers are watching the players. The box men are watching the dealers. The floor men are watching the box men. The pit bosses are watching the floor men. The shift bosses are watching the pit bosses. The casino manager is watching the shift bosses. I'm watching the casino manager. And the eye-in-the-sky is watching us all.

Lester has Ginger completely wrapped around his finger for much of the movie. However, Ace trumps him as a Magnificent Bastard and easily neutralizes him when he actually confronts him. Nicky also seems to be manipulating Ginger in order to get his hands on the millions in jewelery that Ace has entrusted to her.

For that matter, Ginger isn't adverse to this trope either, being quite willing to turn on the waterworks and the puppy eyes whenever Ace confronts her about anything. The more their marriage breaks down the more savvy he is about this. The opening titles, and the last third of the film seem to do this most. In the pursuit of his own criminal endeavors, Nicky seriously undermines Rothstein's efforts to run the casino. Unlike the typical Load, Nicky is actually very good at what he does; strong-arming people and pulling heists.

It's the fact that he wants to be the Boss of Las Vegas that screws Ace over. For his part, Nicky doesn't really care about how it affects Ace or even his bosses. Overlaps with Poisonous Friend. Piscano, the underboss of Kansas City. He is supposed to keep the scheme under control but the guy is disgruntled and just talks and complains about the skimming operation all the time He also feels he is being fleeced so he starts an expense report book.

The FBI bugs Piscano's place looking for information about some obscure homicide, they instead find the Casino scheme. Lampshaded by the narration. Being played by Sharon Stone , a natural fit. Heck, even in the dramatic scene where Ace ends up dragging Ginger across the floor to the closet to get her stuff

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