By Louis Wheeler

The 1995 epic “Casino” by Martin Scorsese explores the world of organized crime in Las Vegas in the 1970s and 1980s. This gambling movie, which stars Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, and Joe Pesci, recounts the rise and fall of casino CEO Sam “Ace” Rothstein as it examines themes of greed, loyalty, and treachery.

A montage that creates the scene and mood of the story opens the film. With the help of a voiceover from De Niro’s persona, who describes the inner workings of the city and how it is ruled by the mob, we see the bright lights and glistening casinos of Las Vegas.

Sam falls in love with Ginger, a hustler, as he starts to transform the Tangiers into a tremendously successful casino. Sam is captivated to Ginger because she is attractive, likable, and cunning despite Nicky and others’ warnings that she poses a threat to their business. Ginger marries Sam and joins his company, but her drug use and relationship with Nicky threaten to topple everything.

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