LORELAI: Ah, I just love the idea of shrimp cocktail with a steak dinner, you know? It’s so Casino – ‘Big Joe, steak and shrimp’.
Casino is a 1995 epic crime film, directed by Martin Scorsese, and based on the 1995 non-fiction book, Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas by Nicholas Pileggi, who also wrote the screenplay. It stars Robert De Niro as Sam “Ace” Rothstein, a gambling expert handicapper who is asked to oversee the casino and hotel operations at the fictional Tangiers Casino in Las Vegas. It is the eighth film collaboration between Scorsese and De Niro.
The main characters are based on real people: Sam “Ace” Rothstein is inspired by Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal who ran several casinos in Las Vegas for the crime syndicate the Chicago Outfit from the early 1970s until 1981. Casino was a worldwide box office success, and received mostly positive reviews.