Tangiers Hotel and Casino
In the movie “Casino,” directed by Martin Scorsese and released in 1995, the Tangiers Hotel is a fictional hotel and casino located in Las Vegas. The film is loosely based on real events and tells the story of the rise and fall of a casino empire during the 1970s and 1980s.
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.
Pesci plays Nicholas “Nicky” Santoro, based on real-life Mob enforcer Anthony Spilotro, a “made man” in 1963 who could give Ace the protection he needed. Nicky is sent to Vegas to make sure that money from the Tangiers is skimmed off the top and the mobsters in Vegas are kept in line.
Sharon Stone plays Ginger McKenna, Ace’s scheming, self-absorbed wife, based on Geri McGee
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.