10 Casino Movie Facts You Know You Want to Read

Casino (1995) is based on the true story of two mobster best friends and a trophy wife who create their own gambling empire. It’s jam-packed full of violence, money, power and greed – and it is no surprise it now viewed as one of the world’s finest gangster films. Here are 10 Casino movie facts you must read.

1. The Real Mobsters

Joe Pesci Casino

Remember the scene where Nicky (Pesci) visits Ace (De Niro) at his house to talk to Richard Rheil, the banker? Look at the photograph on the counter – as it is a picture of Lefty Rosenthal and Tony Spilotro, who are the real guys De Niro and Pesci are playing.

2. Continuity

De Niro and Pesci

As Robert De Niro’s character was a chain smoker, he always held his cigarettes the same distance from the lit end so the lengths never appeared to change on film.

3. Juggling

Robert De Niro Casino

Frank ‘Lefty’ Rosenthal hated the scene where Sam juggles on his TV show, The Frank Rosenthal Show, maintaining that he never juggled and that De Niro’s scene made him look foolish.

4. The Jewellery Store

Casino movie

The Jewellery store owner who is robbed by Nicky’s boys was a real-life Las Vegas jeweller, and his line “I just got a shipment of diamonds from Israel” was not in the script.

5. James Woods

James Woods and Sharon Stone Casino

James Wood’s limes were mostly improvised. He was not supposed to speak at Ginger’s wedding scene, but came up with an idea that it would suit Lester’s character to be with a prostitute whilst doing cocaine when talking to Ginger on the phone.

6. Criminal Consultants

Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci Casino

Martin Scorsese hired a number of real-life parolees from the same era as consultants. He also worked with F.B.I agents who had busted the same parolees.

7. Three-Hour Movie


Cinemas aren’t overkeen on lengthy movies, as it means less screenings and therefore less money. He was aware that the producers wanted it to be a three hour movie, but he ignored them anyway, saying it is a “fast three hour movie”.

8. Broken Rib

Joe Pesci Casino movie

Pesci suffered a broken rib when De Niro threw his character through a glass door in Raging Bull. The injury led to Pesci breaking the same rib once again when filming the Casino scene where he is bundled into the cornfield hole with his dead brother.

9. The Costume Budget

Robert De Niro Casino

The costume budget for Casino was a whopping $1 million, as Robert De Niro wore 70 different costumes, while Sharon Stone wore 30 vintage and bespoke outfits. The actors were also allowed to keep their costumes afterwards.

10. 7,000 Extras

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7,000 extras featured in the Casino movie, from bellboys to strippers – and 120 of them had speaking parts.

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  1. rita ryack says:

    I designed the costumes for CASINO. The original budget was $500,000. No way that could have been done. We never signed off on that $500,000, given the size and scope of the picture, and the look needed to be perfect.Joe Pesci’s, Don Rickles’, Kevin Pollack’s, James Woods ‘and Alan King’s clothes- and Ace’s shoes, shirts, and coordinated neckties built as well. Frank Rosenthal himself consulted. Co-designer John Dunn and are are delighted that CASINO has become a costume landmark!

  1. October 10, 2014

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