With the recent released of the trailer for the mythical (really! After so many rumors many were betting it would never get released) film The Irishman by Martin Scorsese, some of the shots took me back to another of the director’s most iconic movies Casino. To be fair, epic scope and quick travelling shots have been part of his filmography, but also the acting by De Niro and Pesci took me back to that 1994 underrated masterpiece.
With this mind, I decided to look at other films that embraces the casino and sports betting life to the fullest, where its just not serve as a nice background but in some way becomes a major part of the film from a small to bigger degree.
Keeping up with the conversation, I believe no other film captures the essence of the casino lifestyle like the eponymous film.
While it goes into other settings like the Las Vegas Country Club or Main Street Station, the now demolished Riviera on the strip serve as the home for Rothstein for all the fun and shady business between the Jewish American played by De Niro and the mobster Nicholas Santoro. Again, as most of the films made by the auteur, violence and incredible acting plays a major role, but the fluorescent lights always finds their way on every shot and they become part of the film, creating the vibe of each scene but also the whole set. Even these days, you still can see that some of the best online casino website themes are trying to match some parts of the original casino movie.
Finding the location for the film that revive the James Bond franchise after the big dump that was Die Another Day was pretty darn tricky, though one thing its completely certain: that ain’t Montenegro.
Either be the Grandhotel Pupp on Czech Republic or an actual whole setting built from the scratch at the Barrandov Studios over in Pinewood, the minimalistic approach to the whole setting that different to Casino, it doesn’t call the attention to itself and lets the whole actors and extra breathe, letting the incredible and gripping cards duels between Bond and Le Chiffre works on keeping at the edge. However, with that and all, the stylistic play of classy candles along with the early 20s design of the building its both modern but also reminds us of the era where the spy was made, finding his footing into the whole MI6 world.
Caesar’s Palace is arguably one of the most iconic hotel and casinos in Las Vegas, with up to 12 films minimum filmed somewhere around or inside location. From Mel Brook’s History of the World, Pt. 1 to DREAMGIRLS, the play of different styles like the Ancient Rome touch with its pillars along with the vibrancy that casinos have come to be known for a while now – but none other modern film has stamp this place in people’s mind as it’s the case of The Hangover.
Also used on both the other installments, the catchphrase “Did The Real Ceasar Live Here?” has become pretty much iconic. And granted, this film may come as a cheating on the list, but even though we don’t get to remember the location and its appearance its pretty brave, along with the catchphrase, one just can’t divorce the epic catchphrase with the hotel and the scenery, almost like we all remember the “Hi Mark” from The Room but also the whole fake roof set.
This is only three of the films that have in some way used famous Las Vegas hotels and casinos. What other movies come to mind? Let us know in the comments!