The black ties and sparkling ball gowns, the black and red of the roulette wheel, the deep green baize of the tables. It’s easy to see why directors want to use casinos as the backdrop for their movies. Some of the greatest and bestselling films of the last few years have featured casinos. We look at the top five casino films.
From the incredible director Martin Scorsese, and with a top-billed cast including Scorsese’s favourite actor, Robert De Niro. Casino is centered on a Mafiosi runner, played by De Niro, who is sent to Las Vegas to oversee the running of a casino. When the casino is a runaway success, an enforcer is sent, supposedly to look after the security. However, this enforcer, played by Joe Pesci, proves to be a little too much for De Niro’s character to handle at the same time as the new gambling empire. The film is a brutal and powerful examination of the old-style mob connections to Las Vegas.
2. The Hangover
The Hangover is one of the biggest selling movies of the last few years, grossing nearly half a billion dollars worldwide and spawning two frankly tired sequels. The film is about a group of men away on a stag party, who get accidentally roofied and have to piece together the night before. It would be safer to stay at home and Play vegas slots with Bgo.com! With some highlights including a scene spoofing Rain Man, there are laughs in every scene of this great film, which stars Ken Jeong as the comedy villain Mr Chow.
Rounders is so good that poker players say that it inspired them to get into the high-stakes poker scene. The movie stars a young Matt Damon as a reformed gambler who is forced once again to enter the seedy underbelly of the world of high-stakes poker to save a friend who has to pay off a huge debt played by Edward Norton. The film is a high-class adventure and definitely worth a watch.
4. Casino Royale
The reboot to the Bond franchise brought in Daniel Craig as the namesake spy, and opens with a high octane chase scene through a dangerous building site. The plot is centered on Bond, who plays a high-stakes gambling game against a weapons dealer. This film brought some much needed darkness to the Bond role after the stupidity of Pierce Brosnan’s Bond, with his over-reliance on daft gadgets such as the invisible car.
21 stars Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fishburne and focuses on a real-life team of card counters from MIT. These students play high-stakes Blackjack and manage to win huge sums. However, the casinos realize what is happening and try to recoup their losses.