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Las Vegas mob film 'Casino' released 25 years ago

Posted at 9:16 AM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 12:42:59-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Sunday marked the 25th anniversary of the release of Martin Scorsese's mob classic film "Casino," set in early-70s Las Vegas.

Did you know our very own Dave Courvoisier had an appearance in the 1995 film? It's true! Watch in the player above.

The story was based on true events and starred big names like Joe Pesci, Sharon Stone, James Woods, and Robert De Niro.

Last week, a special event was held at the Mob Museum in honor of the film's anniversary.

Former Las Vegas Mayor and mob attorney Oscar Goodman spoke at the event. Goodman lived the real story and played himself in the film.

Museum Vice President Geoff Schumacher hosted the discussion. He says screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi called the film "a love letter to Las Vegas"

"This era in Las Vegas was really unprecedented," he said.

"We will never see it again, and it was a time of sort of glamour and glitz and promise and opportunity," said Schumacher.

"And also a lot of heartache and violence, but that's the Las Vegas that people really identify with."