Casino (1995) quotes

Director
Martin Scorsese.

Cast
Robert De Niro.
Sharon Stone.
Joe Pesci.

A tale of greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a casino executive, compete against each other over a gambling empire and over a fast living and fast loving socialite.

[voice-over] No matter how big a guy might be, Nicky would take him on. You beat Nicky with fists, he comes back with a bat. You beat him with a knife, he comes back with a gun. And if you beat him with a gun, you better kill him, because he’ll keep comin’ back and back until one of you is dead.
Ace Rothstein

[voice-over] 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.
– Ace Rothstein

I think in all fairness, I should explain to you exactly what it is that I do. For instance tomorrow morning I’ll get up nice and early, take a walk down over to the bank and… walk in and see and, uh… if you don’t have my money for me, I’ll… crack your fuckin’ head wide-open in front of everybody in the bank. And just about the time that I’m comin’ out of jail, hopefully, you’ll be coming out of your coma. And guess what? I’ll split your fuckin’ head open again. ‘Cause I’m fuckin’ stupid. I don’t give a fuck about jail. That’s my business. That’s what I do.
– Nicky Santoro

[to Don] Listen to me very carefully. There are three ways of doing things around here: the right way, the wrong way, and the way that *I* do it. You understand?
– Ace Rothstein

[narrating] it wasn’t long before what I was afraid what was going to happen: happened, Nicky managed to get himself banned from every casino in Las Vegas, from then on I couldn’t be seen talking to him anywhere in Vegas or anywhere near it.
Nicky Santoro
[meeting at Idle Spurs bar after reading a letter from the government informing him of his banishment] so in other words: I’m fucked.
Nicky Santoro
In so many words, yes.
Ace Rothstein
[Narrating] It just didn’t sink into his head what the Black Book is and what it meant, not being banned from every casino is just one thing but being this book gets you into the brains of every cop and FBI agent in the state, I mean you’re listed in there with Al Capone, but Nicky didn’t care.
Ace Rothstein

[voice-over] When you love someone, you’ve gotta trust them. There’s no other way. You’ve got to give them the key to everything that’s yours. Otherwise, what’s the point? And for a while, I believed, that’s the kind of love I had.
– Ace Rothstein

[narrating] The town will never be the same. After the Tangiers, the big corporations took it all over. Today it looks like Disneyland. And while the kids play cardboard pirates, Mommy and Daddy drop the house payments and Junior’s college money on the poker slots. In the old days, dealers knew your name, what you drank, what you played. Today, it’s like checkin’ into an airport. And if you order room service, you’re lucky if you get it by Thursday. Today, it’s all gone. You get a whale show up with four million in a suitcase, and some twenty-five-year-old hotel school kid is gonna want his Social Security Number. After the Teamsters got knocked out of the box, the corporations tore down practically every one of the old casinos. And where did the money come from to rebuild the pyramids? Junk bonds. But in the end, I wound up right back where I started. I could still pick winners, and I could still make money for all kinds of people back home. And why mess up a good thing? And that’s that.
– Ace Rothstein

This guy could fuck up a cup of coffee.
– Nicky Santoro

Hello Mrs. Rothstein, how are you?
Flirting Executive
[kisses her hand]
You’re one of the most gorgeous women I’ve ever seen, you’re a lucky man Mr. Rothstein.
Flirting Executive
[hesitant] Thank you, thanks for that compliment.
Ace Rothstein
[voice-over] He was a young kid from the casino. Nice kid, bright boy. What balls on this fuckin’ kid. The next day I fired him.
Ace Rothstein

 

And we know what you do, don’t we Charlie? You fuck people out of money and get away with it.
Nicky Santoro
You can’t talk to me like that…
Charlie Clark
Hey, you fat Irish prick! You put my fucking money to sleep. You go get my fucking money or I’ll put your fucking brain to sleep.
Nicky Santoro

The little guy. He wouldn’t be fucking the Jew’s wife, would he?
– Remo Gaggi

He won’t talk. Stone is a good kid. Stand-up guy, just like his old man. That’s the way I see it.
Vinny Forlano
I agree. He’s solid. A fuckin’ Marine.
Vincent Borelli
He’s okay. He always was. Remo, what do you think?
Americo Capelli
Look… why take a chance? At least, that’s the way I feel about it.
Remo Gaggi

[to Ace] I lost control? Look at you, you’re fucking walking around like John Barrymore! A fucking pink robe and a fucking cigarette holder? I lost control?
– Nicky Santoro

[voice-over] In the casino, the cardinal rule is to keep them playing and to keep them coming back. The longer they play, the more they lose, and in the end, we get it all.
– Ace Rothstein

Back home, they would have put me in jail for what I’m doing. Here, they’re giving me awards.
– Ace Rothstein