Cinema is all about providing high octane thrills for viewers. This can be done in several ways, such as through gunfights and frantic car chases. These exciting occurrences translate well to the screen and don’t require much exposition for viewers to understand the stakes. In some circumstances, gambling can provide the people playing it with similar levels of thrills. However, this feeling isn’t something that can be experienced by an outside observer. Some filmmakers have managed to provide a sense of what it feels like to gamble, though, and the movies that have done it successfully stand out against the many others that failed.
It wouldn’t be a list of the best gambling films ever made if Martin Scorsese’s Casino wasn’t mentioned. The 1995 offering carried on the director’s incredible form of the 1990s that started with Goodfellas in 1990, Cape Fear the following year and The Age of Innocence in 1993. Casino was almost like a sequel to Goodfellas, another top gangster offering but this time set in Las Vegas.
As we covered at fancarpet.com, Scorsese takes the viewer through the everyday workings of a casino and provides a real insight into what it is like to run a flourishing gambling house in Sin City. The film details all the roles on the casino floor, from croupier to floor manager. It also perfectly displays the excitement that players feel when they bet on the games.