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Casino (1995)

Director:
Martin Scorsese
COUNTRY
USA/France
GENRE
Drama/Crime
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Casino
RUNNING TIME
178 minutes
Producer:
Barbara De Fina
Screenwriter (based on the book by Nicholas Pileggi):
Nicholas Pileggi
Martin Scorsese


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein Robert De Niro
Ginger McKenna Sharon Stone
Nicky Santoro Joe Pesci
Lester Diamond James Woods
Frank Marino Frank Vincent
Phillip Green Kevin Pollak
Remo Gaggi Pasquale Cajano
Billy Sherbert Don Rickles
Artie Piscano Vinny Vella
Andy Stone Alan King
Jennifer Santoro Melissa Prophet

 

Review

The narrator has always been the audience's best friend - the companion who guides us through complex waters. In Martin Scorsese's overlong and excruciatingly over-narrated Casino, the roles are reversed; here the images accompany the narrator(s). Of course, Scorsese cannot seem to fall out of love with his once winning formula of fielding a dangerous Robert De Niro opposite a more or less trusted pal (previously Harvey Keitel, these days Joe Pesci) in stories of enormous proportions - both thematically and filmatically. The problem is just that in this film, the thematics and characters are rather forgettable, the dialogue is contrived, and Scorsese's epic directorial style is worn out. There is nothing in Casino that can justify this kind of running-time. Evidently, Scorsese needs some sort of artistic resistance for his future projects.

Copyright 2.10.2008 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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