Tangiers Hotel and Casino
The Tangiers Casino was a fictional casino in Martin Scorcese’s 1995 movie, “Casino.” The exterior and entrance foyer of the real-life Landmark Hotel and Casino served as the stand-in for the Tangiers Casino. The Landmark was demolished in a controlled implosion in 1995. The site has been a parking lot since the hotel’s destruction. While the movie begins by stating it is based upon a true story, it never names the actual casino involved. The story is actually based upon the history of the Stardust casino, a fact well documented in the Vegas history books. Martin Scorsese discreetly documents this fact via the soundtrack, in which the song “Stardust” is heard three different times. An instrumental version plays during Ace and Ginger’s wedding and a vocal version is heard during the scene where Remo asks Marino if Nicky and Ginger are having sex and also during the very end of the final credits.
The movie Casino is about the beginning of the end of organised crime (as we know it) in Vegas. After the events of the movie, as Sam Rothstein puts it, the corporations moved into Vegas and getting into a casino became like checking into the airport. ‘Today its like Disneyland.’ Rothstein remarks. The film’s first hour and a half details their rise to power, while the second half follows their downfall as the FBI, corrupt government officials, and angry mob bosses pick apart their Camelot piece by piece.
In Vegas, everybody’s gotta watch everybody else. Since the players are looking to beat the casino, the dealers are watching the players. The box men are watching the dealers. The floor men are watching the box men. The pit bosses are watching the floor men. The shift bosses are watching the pit bosses. The casino manager is watching the shift bosses. I’m watching the casino manager. And the eye-in-the-sky is watching us all.