Las Vegas and its casinos have always been an inspiration to filmmakers who want to bring excitement and intrigue into their films. One of the most well-known films against the backdrop of Las Vegas is “The Ocean’s Eleven” from the 1960s, in which members of the original “Rat Pack” – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis – want to rob five of the best casinos in Vegas only one Night. Things are going according to plan – at least until after the raids.
“Ocean’s Eleven” was successfully re-released in 2001 by Steven Soderburgh, who cast George Clooney in the lead role of Danny Ocean and Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Elliott Gould as gang members. The 2001 version has updated the story line while still showing the same glamorous Vegas image as in the first movie.
Honeymoon in Vegas
Nicolas Cage visited Las Vegas in 1992 for his film “Honeymoon in Vegas”. This comedy tells the story of Jack Singer (played by Cage), who decides to marry his longtime partner Betsy (Sarah Jessica Parker) in Vegas. On her arrival, however, Betsy is discovered by a high stakes player who decides to spend a weekend with her. He engages Singer in poker games to dissuade him. While Cage proved to be the most affectionate groom, James Caan an eerie player, and a number of Elvis parachutists as the “best friend” for parachuting, “Honeymoon in Vegas” offers a lot of laughter.
Matt Damon is Mike McDermott, one of the best poker players in the world in the movie “Rounders” (1998), who gave up the game to focus on law school graduation. When his old friend Worm (Edward Norton) is released from prison, he persuades McDermott to go back into the game to settle the bad debt incurred. McDermott is playing in a series of poker games where the stakes are getting bigger and the tension keeps building up.
Finally, a list of casino films is incomplete, without mentioning the 1995 Martin Scorcese movie “Casino”, considered by many to be the final casino movie. This tells the true story of Sam ‘Ace’ Rothstein, a gangster who moves to Las Vegas and becomes the operator of the Tangiers Casino. Robert De Niro takes on the lead role as Rothstein marries a drug addict (played by Sharon Stone) and friendship with Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), a gangster who slowly develops into a world of violence.