Danger. Power. Seduction. Welcome to Las Vegas 1973. Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci star in director Martin Scorsese's riveting look at how blind ambition, white-hot passion and 24-carat greed toppled an empire. In an era of over-the-top glitz, Sam 'Ace' Rothstein (De Niro) is riding high as frontman for the Mob's multi-billion dollar Las Vegas operation. To protect their 'investment', the bosses send in Ace's boyhood pal, hot-headed enforcer Nicky Santoro (Pesci). It's a winning hand: Ace's brain and Nicky's muscle - until sexy wild card Ginger McKenna (Stone) turns up the heat. This gripping, fact-based tale boasts extraordinary performances, a sizzling soundtrack and a dizzying look beneath the glamorous facade, beyond the closed doors and behind the eyes of the men and women whose fortunes - and lives - were made and lost with a roll of the dice.
Scorsese's Goodfellas is the movie that most film buffs rate as his classic gangster film (which is phenomenal, no argument), but for me casino is his best in this genre.
The three leads are right at their best here. De Niro plays Ace, a level headed ,calculating, business first type gangster. Pesci is the polar opposite as Nicky, an ultra violent psychopathic, hedonistic, live life with his foot full to the pedal gangster. Stone has never been better as the hustler Ginger, whose deception in the hustling pervades into her whole persona (who can forget the freeze frame when Ace "feel in love there and then" with her). Simply great.