The history of celluloid has captured many great stories surrounding the subject of gambling and the risks characters face once embroiled with either the wrong casino owner or staking their life on a World Series game.
From Sean Connery‚Äôs James Bond introducing himself at the Baccarat table in Dr. No ‚Äď ‚ÄúBond, James Bond‚ÄĚ to the darker films like Abel Ferrara‚Äôs Bad Lieutenant with Harvey Keitel seeing visions of Jesus as he seeks redemption on his un-policeman like actions.
From a huge backlog of work and film tackling the seductive world of casinos and gambling, we highlight some of the most memorable scenes that are totally unforgettable once you have watched them.
When we say ‚Äėcasino‚Äô for any movie buff the first thing that comes to mind is Scorsese‚Äôs own film titled Casino. This leads us to the first stand out scene and if you‚Äôve already seen the movie then plenty will know what is coming. Perhaps one of the most powerful violent scenes in movie history we are introduced to the ways of not messing over a casino owner.
#1 Nicky plays with a Vice: Here the character Tong Dogs is unwilling to confess on who pulled a fast one on the casino. Enter Nicky played by Joe Pesci who has reached the end of his tether and places Tony‚Äôs head in a vice! What follows is blood spurts from his mouth, rather a lot of shouting from Nicky and ending in Tony‚Äôs eye popping out, lovely!
Film Fact: the scene in Casino was cut for Swedish release which is ironic because of their love of gambling, just look at www.thecasinocity.se and you get an idea of how serious they take their casino games and bonuses.
Poker gets a lot of screen time in the movies and none took the game to pure genius as it did in Cool Hand Luke.
#2 ‚Äúsometimes nothin‚Äô can be a real cool hand‚ÄĚ: Prison tension at its best with the ultimate poker face to grace the silver screen. Paul Newman plays Lucas Jackson and bluffs his way during a game with other prisoners to win the pot, it‚Äôs then revealed he had nothing.
Film Fact: Newman didn‚Äôt swallow one egg in that infamous scene.
Joe Pesci is at it again with another Scorsese classic, Goodfellas.
#3 the Oklahoma Kid: During a table game of poker, Tommy (played by Pesci) is ignored several times throughout the game and is wanting a drink from Spider who pays the price for misunderstanding. Cue the biggest psychopath wielding a gun. Long story short, Spider is shot in the foot intentionally and the next evening during another game, he regrets showing up for work and winds up in a hole.
Film Fact: The F-word is said 296 times which averages to it being said twice every minute.
Gambling is the perfect arc for setting up a scene. Character position can be integral to a scene, the lighting and the outcome can lead to plot changes and twists. Frankly, the list can go on and on for the benefits of adding such scenes to a movie, which doesn‚Äôt necessarily have to be about gambling at all.