Casino script
Casino (1995)
Synopsis: 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.

ACE (V.O.)

I hired an old casino pal, Billy

Sherbert, as my manager and I went

to work.


(Introducing the EXECS

to ACE)

...And this is Ronnie, who takes

care of the card room...

ACE (V.O.)

For guys like me, Las Vegas washes

away your sins. It's a morality car

wash. It does for us what Lourdes

does for humpbacks and cripples.

And, along with making us legit...


Dolly back from a wall of money. An employee pours a bucket

full of coins into a trough. Camera follows progress as

numerous coins move on a conveyor system, through a sorting

machine. Camera reveals several rolls of coins on a lower

conveyor as they move up a ladder towards an employee's hands,

who then places the rolls on a rack.

ACE (V.O.)

...comes cash. Tons of it. I mean,

what do you think we're doing out

here in the middle of the desert?

It's all this money. This is the end

result of all the bright lights and

the comped trips, of all the champagne

and free hotel suites, and all the

broads and all the booze. It's all

been arranged just for us to get

your money. That's the truth about

Las Vegas.


Camera follows JOHN NANCE carrying a small suitcase and

walking through the casino to a door leading to the cashier's

cage. The sign on the door reads 'Authorized Personnel Only'.

He walks through the cage, to another door: 'Notice - Keep


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Nicholas Pileggi

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

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