Written by Nicholas Pileggi.
Directed by Martin Scorsese.
The Marty who made Casino is, without a doubt, the same Marty who cast Larry David as a hard-talking Jew in Curb Your Enthusiasm. Casino is Scorsese at his most playful and reckless: lots of flashy lighting, jump cuts, lots of severe camera angles, and lots of old geezers plugging one another between hits on their oxygen tanks. James Woods as a pimp named Lester? Don Rickles as a no-nonsense pit boss with a shotgun? Marty’s mother as an old wiseguy’s mother, admonishing her son not to talk so dirty?
What’s not to like.
“A lot of holes in the desert, and a lot of problems are buried in those holes.” — Nicky Santoro