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November 25th, 2019 at 8:25:25 AM permalink
Top 10 Casino Movies. http://bit.ly/35wEHMB
25 November 2019. By Tadas Peckaitis

Gambling, casinos, and everything that goes with them have always been an inspiration for the movie industry. From big wins and glitz, to hitting rock bottom, casinos have seen it all over the years, so it is no surprise that there is a long list of films inspired by the subject of gambling.

Recently, we provided our list of Top 10 poker movies, but even if you primarily are a poker player, this week’s list of movies are still the kind of films you will most definitely enjoy. http://bit.ly/35wEHMB

10. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas isn’t a movie for everyone, but if you love gambling and a twisted sense of humor, you can’t go wrong with this film.

Starring Johnny Depp (Raoul Duke) and Benicio Del Toro (Dr. Gonzo), this black comedy takes the “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” mantra to the extreme.

9. Hard Eight (1996)
John, played by John C. Reilly, is a down-on-his-luck gambler who had pretty much lost it all, almost like Bill Hickok with his famous dead man’s hand.

However, John’s luck changes when he meets Sydney (Philipp Baker Hall), who takes him to Reno and shows him many tricks of the trade, teaching him how to get free stuff and win at gambling.

8. The Cooler (2003)
The Cooler is an interesting story based on the superstition about certain croupiers being “coolers”, i.e. the ones to send in when someone is winning too much to stop their winning streak.

Bernie is, by all accounts, the unluckiest man in all of Vegas and he is used by mobsters running the casinos for this very purpose whenever there is someone whose streak needs to be broken.

7. Mississippi Grind (2015)
We haven’t been seeing too many great gambling movies lately, so Mississippi Grind was a really nice surprise. Starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn, this is an interesting and somewhat touchy story about a strange friendship between two gamblers, who find much more than just some poker games.

6. Bugsy (1991)
The story of Las Vegas and how it came to be what it is today is a really interesting one. The 1991 film Bugsy presents us with a Hollywood version of this story focusing on a New York gangster Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Warren Beatty), the man who started the gambling boom in Vegas.

5. Croupier (1998)
The 1998 movie Croupier tells the story of Jack (played by Clive Owen), a failed writer struggling to make the ends meet and takes on a job as a dealer in a casino.
However, things start to get complicated when he becomes close to one of the regular players, Jani, who manages to persuade him to help her organize a casino heist.

4. The Gambler (1974)
The Gambler is somewhat of a cult movie, initially released in 1974, starring James Caan (Axel Freed) and Lauren Hutton, but experiencing a remake in 2014 (featuring Mark Wahlberg).

It is a story about a college professor who just can’t stop gambling as the stakes get higher and higher.

3. 21 (2008)
Released in 2008, 21 is another casino movie based on real-life events. The film talks about the group of six MIT students who took casinos in Las Vegas for millions by playing the perfect game of blackjack.

These students learned everything there was to know about playing blackjack, mastered frequencies and math, including perfect card counting techniques, and used them on the casinos floors across Vegas, earning big money before casinos finally caught up to them.

2. Owning Mahowny (2003)
Owning Mahowny may not be as famous as some other names on this list but it is one of the personal favorites. It reveals the world of gambling from a different perspective – that of a true gambler who doesn’t really care about winning and losing.

Mahwony is a bank manager with access to huge amounts of money and serious gambling addiction. He plays just for the thrill of the game and casinos don’t ask any questions – they very much welcome his money.

1. Casino (1995)
You can’t make a list of casino movies without the movie actually called Casino. Well, perhaps you could, if it wasn’t such a great film.

Directed by none other than Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, and Joe Pesci, Casino takes us to Las Vegas during the 1970s and 1980s, when the mob involvement with the gambling industry was very strong.

It’d be a shame to spoil any of the plot for those who still haven’t seen this masterpiece but if the names of the people involved with this movie aren’t enough to convince you to see it, nothing will ever be.
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November 25th, 2019 at 8:54:41 PM permalink
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5. Croupier (1998)
The 1998 movie Croupier tells the story of Jack (played by Clive Owen), a failed writer struggling to make the ends meet and takes on a job as a dealer in a casino.
However, things start to get complicated when he becomes close to one of the regular players, Jani, who manages to persuade him to help her organize a casino heist.

Oh, no. Not at all. The Croupier is set up by his father, Jani and the Casino Manager. The heist is internal and pays off the exact amount the Croupier was promised.
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November 25th, 2019 at 10:01:25 PM permalink
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4. The Gambler (1974)
The Gambler is somewhat of a cult movie, initially released in 1974, starring James Caan (Axel Freed) and Lauren Hutton, but experiencing a remake in 2014 (featuring Mark Wahlberg).

It is a story about a college professor who just can’t stop gambling as the stakes get higher and higher.



It’d be a shame to spoil any of the plot for those who still haven’t seen this masterpiece but if the names of the people involved with this movie aren’t enough to convince you to see it, nothing will ever be.



At the end of The Gambler (1974) the gambler takes a walk in Harlem after being warned white people shouldn't go there and purposefully stiffs a black hooker so that her black pimp slices his face with a knife.

He then stares into a mirror bleeding and laughs maniacally. End credits roll.

Gee, I wonder why they changed the ending for the 2014 remake?
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November 26th, 2019 at 12:55:33 AM permalink
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At the end of The Gambler (1974) the gambler takes a walk in Harlem after being warned white people shouldn't go there and purposefully stiffs a black hooker so that her black pimp slices his face with a knife.
He then stares into a mirror bleeding and laughs maniacally. End credits roll.


NO.
He walks into a Harlem bar and forces a young black pimp to back down in front of his friends by his aggressive demeanor (I'm calling you, Boy; I'm shoving you). The pimp runs from the fight when he realizes that the White man is so crazed as to have absolutely no fear and will not stop trying to kill him no matter how the fight goes. Then after winning the fight with the violent pimp against unarmed White dude, the pimp's whore uses the straight edged razor that all such whores carry.
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November 26th, 2019 at 2:25:08 AM permalink
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NO.
He walks into a Harlem bar and forces a young black pimp to back down in front of his friends by his aggressive demeanor (I'm calling you, Boy; I'm shoving you). The pimp runs from the fight when he realizes that the White man is so crazed as to have absolutely no fear and will not stop trying to kill him no matter how the fight goes. Then after winning the fight with the violent pimp against unarmed White dude, the pimp's whore uses the straight edged razor that all such whores carry.



I couldn't find it on YouTube (the final scene, lots of material and maybe its there and I didnt see a video) but short of that I went to Wikipedia.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gambler_(1974_film)

I was correct the hooker was stiffed out of payment which caused the fight.

You were correct it is the hooker who slashed his face in defence of her pimp since he was losing (although perhaps it could be argued they were a team at that point and both were culpable. Certainly she could use self-defence argument even though she was not the one being beat)

At any rate the main character is named Axel

Hmmmmm.

He was kind of a wolf
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November 26th, 2019 at 9:28:58 AM permalink
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I was correct the hooker was stiffed out of payment which caused the fight.

Bad form to pay a hooker when the Pimp is right there! You are buying from him, not her.
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November 26th, 2019 at 10:01:23 AM permalink
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Bad form to pay a hooker when the Pimp is right there! You are buying from him, not her.



the point as I understand it is the gambler was provoking everything from the pimp.

just like he was provoking losses by stupid bets.

because he didnt feel. He was not gambling to win but gambling to feel pain, (similar to the double up scene at blackjack in the remake where he makes it impossible to win by never stopping until he loses)

the PAINFUL slash of his face and his maniacal laugh into the mirror are because he finally feels alive, the pain of his slashed face inforning him of this. And supposedly the movie can now end because he has found "feeling". He feels alive for the first time.

Anyway, thats my reading into it.
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November 26th, 2019 at 10:47:04 AM permalink
Sorry but “21” was awful. Near no relationship to reality and the fictional part was bad as well. Rare I have been so disappointed in a movie.
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November 26th, 2019 at 12:29:54 PM permalink
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Sorry but “21” was awful. Near no relationship to reality and the fictional part was bad as well. Rare I have been so disappointed in a movie.



I sympathize

I find myself enjoying that movie however.

As an artistic film its enjoyable in much the same way that Inglorious Basterds is lots of fun to watch but seeing Hitler shot to death in 1944, well, not exactly hewing to reality.

You just have to put your looking at this as an historical document out of your mind
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November 26th, 2019 at 7:11:16 PM permalink
I can't find one of my favorite gambling movie clips, does anyone know how make a movie clip posted on YouTube or whatever?

It's the blackjack scene in The Runner.


https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0165454/

You can find the movie on Amazon Prime.
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪

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