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Casino (1995)
In early-1970s Las Vegas, low-level mobster Sam "Ace" Rothstein (Robert De Niro) gets tapped by his bosses to head the Tangiers Casino. At first, he's a great success in the job, but over the years, problems with his loose-cannon enforcer Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), his ex-hustler wife Ginger (Sharon Stone), her con-artist ex Lester Diamond (James Woods) and a handful of corrupt politicians put Sam in ever-increasing danger. Martin Scorsese directs this adaptation of Nicholas Pileggi's book.

EXT. RESTAURANT PARKING LOT, LAS VEGAS, 1983 - DAY

SAM 'ACE' ROTHSTEIN, a tall, lean, immaculately dressed man

approaches his car, opens the door, and gets inside to turn

on the ignition.

ACE (V.O.)

When you love someone, you've gotta

trust them. There's no other way.

You've got to give them the key to

everything that's yours. Otherwise,

what's the point? And, for a while...

I believed that's the kind of love I

had.

Suddenly, the car explodes. Flames, smoke and metal rise

into the sky covering the view of the Las Vegas casinos and

their signs.

Music in:
J.S. Bach - 'St Matthew Passion'.

Ace's body comes flying in - extreme slow motion. His body

twists and turns through the frame like a soul about to tumble

into the flames of damnation.

MAIN TITLE SEQUENCE.

INT. TANGIERS CASINO FLOOR - NIGHT

Vignette of ACE through rippling flames, we move in on ACE

ROTHSTEIN overseeing the casino. He lights a cigarette.

ACE (V.O.)

Before I ever ran a casino or got

myself blown up, Ace Rothstein was a

hell of a handicapper, I can tell

you that. I was so good, that whenever

I bet, I could change the odds for

every bookmaker in the country. I'm

serious. I had it down so cold that

I was given paradise on earth. I was

given one of the biggest casinos in

Las Vegas to run, the Tangiers...

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Nicholas Pileggi

Nicholas Pileggi (born February 22, 1933) is an American producer, author and screenwriter. more…

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