Selecting the Top 5 Casino Scenes in Movies was never going to be an easy task, but here is my best attempt at doing so.
We will stick our neck out here and say that Casino is the best film that has ever been made about Casinos. Directed by Martin Scorsese and with an outstanding cast including Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Frank Vincent the theme is how the mobs first took and subsequently lost control of the Vegas casino scene. The best scene – nothing to do with gambling, but when Sharon Stone is swimming in the glass sided pool.
Perhaps 21 was not a great success as a movie, but as a cautionary tale about card counting at blackjack it has a lot going for it. It is based on the true life story of a group of MIT students who won some money counting cards in various casinos. All of the casino scenes are interesting.
Casino Royale is one of the better James Bond movies, and in it Daniel Craig played Bond on his first 007 mission. It concerned a huge poker tournament organised by a banker who needed the money as he owed it to a group terrorists because of a scam that Bond had foiled. Really it was all about the poker game which was played out in a great deal of detail; a fascinating scene. James Bond casino scenes probably have something to do with the glam that surrounds casinos today – the legacy is felt all over, with online casinos like www.onlinecasinoaustralia.com.au even basing a slots game on him – “Agent Jane Blonde”.
Rounders is also centered on poker, but at a different level. It tells the tale of a pair of friends and their poker adventures while trying to win a large amount of money to repay a debt. There are some great poker scenes in this cult movie.
Rain Man is about so many other things than gambling, and in particular the changing relationship between Charlie Babbitt played by Tom Cruise and his autistic brother Raymond played by Dustin Hoffman. However, the gambling scene in which Raymond counts cards at a blackjack table in Las Vegas is a pivotal episode of the film.
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