| Casino movies: Gambling on the silver screen
|Gambling and the casino world have
long been a fascination for Hollywood and audiences alike. The glitz and
glamour of the casino lifestyle and the thrill of putting everything on the
line in hopes of that happy ending have long fueled the daydreams of most, a
fact Hollywood has tapped into to put together tales of wish fulfillment and of
dreams gone awry.
Some of them have focused on telling the rich and
colorful history of gambling, as well as dissecting the seedy underbelly and
criminal operations of Las Vegas of yore. Others tell tales of
cheaters and card counters trying to pull a big score, or down
on their luck gamblers looking for redemption in a roll of the dice. Regardless
of the approach, its hard not to identify with the protagonists of these
stories and their quest to live large and hit it big particularly for
With that in mind, lets take a look at some
of the best movies that have brought the glamorous and exciting world of
casinos to the silver screen.
Hard Eight (1996)
Thomas Anderson did not become a household name until his brilliant Boogie
Nights, the prolific directors first movie about the world of high-stakes
gambling is definitely a must watch for any casino enthusiast. Featuring an
all-star cast that includes Philip Baker Hall, John C Reilly, Samuel L Jackson,
Gwyneth Paltrow and the always amazing Philip Seymour Hoffman, Hard Eight tells
the story of seasoned gambler Sydney and his protégé John.
Sydney proposes to take John under his wing and teach him the ropes
about gambling in order to help him pay for his mothers funeral. Before
he knows it, John is deep into the world of high stakes gambling and gets
involved in a complicated situation when he tries to help Clementine, a
cocktail waitress who moonlights as a call girl. Despite being PTAs first
film, it managed to receive him
fantastic movie reviews.
Not all casino movies take place in brick and mortar casinos.
Runner Runner is a casino thriller for the early online gambling era, where
offshore casinos with little regulation could cheat players out of their money.
Partly based on a true story Runner tells the tale of Richie Furst (played by
pop star Justin Timberlake), an online casino gambler who is cheated out of his
money and travels to Costa Rica to confront the owner of the casino with
statistical proof, Ben Afflecks Ivan Brock. Brock offers Ritchie a job in
his operation, leading Ritchie to discover the seedy world of offshore gaming
and find himself in trouble with the FBI.
In many ways Runner Runner
serves as a warning to online gamblers to always do their research before
depositing money in an online casino. If you are looking to play online, we
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The Gambler (1974)
A loose adaptation of the short
novel by Russian heavyweight Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Gambler is a morality tale
about not knowing your limits. Inspirational English professor and author Axel
Freed (the brilliant James Caan) has a dark secret, as his gambling addiction
has managed to leave him in huge debt.
Stealing $44,000 from his
mother, he heads to Vegas to gamble it in hopes of paying his debt. However,
when he manages to make the money he needs he ends up gambling it again on
basketball games and loses it, leaving him in a tough predicament with loan
Iconic director Martin Scorseses
spiritual sequel to his epic crime film Goodfellas, Casino tells the story of
Sam Ace Rothstein (the legendary Robert De Niro) a mob associate
who is sent to run the Tangier Casino in Las Vegas for the
Outfit mafia. He manages to double the profits of the casino before long,
until his hot headed friend and mafia enforcer Nicky Santoro (a perfectly cast
Joe Pesci) is sent to help him out, and instead manages to create nothing but
Depicting the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas and then
contrasting it with the dark underbelly within, Casino tells a morality tale
filled with deception, greed, violence and corruption worthy of the inclusion
on the list of the best casino movies ever made.
Most online casinos now have a great game choice. If they are
really putting the boat for Most gamblers have met a Cooler at some point in
their lives, and if they are unlucky enough they have even been a Cooler for a
period of time. A Cooler, of course, is a gambler that has such bad luck that
he can even sour others winning streaks just by being around them. The
Cooler perfectly casts the brilliant William H. Macy known for playing
miserable everymen - as Bernie Lootz the titular cooler who is employed by a
casino boss (played brilliantly by Alec Baldwin) to end players big
winning streaks in order to pay off his own gambling debt. Unfortunately for
him, his luck is about to change when he falls in love with a waitress who was
hired by the casino boss to prevent him from leaving Las Vegas.
Casino Royale (2006)
When people think of casinos they often
think of James Bond sitting in a table with a striking tuxedo drinking his
signature vodka martini. While plenty of films in the James Bond canon feature
such an image, there is none better than this one.
Chosen as the vehicle
to reboot James Bond in the grim and gritty modern action thriller style with
Daniel Craig in the iconic role, Casino Royale quickly became a fan favorite.
In order to stop Le Chiffre, a banker to the worlds most dangerous
terrorists, Bond is forced to take a huge gamble and engage in a high-stakes
Holdem in the Casino Royale, where he must win the game in order to
stop him or face having financed terrorism.
Clive Owen stars as Jack Manfred, a struggling writer that is
forced to take a job as a croupier to make ends meet. After seeing the
corrupting effects that gambling has on both the casino players and the people
working there , before long he finds himself involved in a plot to act as an
accessory and inside man for a scheme to rob the casino he works for.
Unlike most casino movies, croupier does not attempt to enamor viewers
with the glitzy casino lifestyle, but rather offers a cold, realistic approach
to the casino lifestyle.