Generally, casino scenes in movies often offer thrill and excitement combined with action.
They capture the lows and highs of a character or how much of a risk the character is willing to take. We can’t help but relate with the character once he takes a risky plunge.
In the past few decades, the most iconic casino movies have come out of the movie industry. So much so that casino fans still swoon over the unexpected twists and turns even to this day.
Whether it’s a movie about gambling or a comedy-drama, Hollywood has created some of the most iconic casino movie scenes:
Rain Man has some of the classic and iconic casino movie scenes in all of the comedy-drama movie industry. Even though it is a comedy movie and not casino-oriented, it was still made mostly at the Caesars Palace Casino in Las Vegas.
Despite most of the movie having glamorous gambling scenes, a lot of it tells a story about family relationships and often greed. Dustin Hoffman, who plays the Rain Man (Raymond) role in the movie, is used by Tom Cruise (Charlie Babbitt) to count cards for his blackjack games.
Charlie plans to make a lot of money gambling through counting cards and mathematical techniques. In one such instance, Raymond uses his mathematical skills and wins over 85,000 dollars through ground-breaking casino jackpots – which is comparable to the average daily jackpot pot of $25k that we see on online casino platforms nowadays. And with this sizeable reward, Charlie can finally clear his debt through gambling money by using his brother.
He also tries to gain custody of Raymond to inherit the multi-millions worth of estate their father left behind.
Now the film won an Oscar and is known as having one of the first casino movie scenes to ever happen in a comedy-drama movie. The most iconic scene is when Raymond and Charlie beat the house and win a huge game and again when both of them are heading to the Caesars Palace Casino.
Casino Royale, made in 2006, features Daniel Craig as the new James Bond in the movie franchise. Daniel’s first debut came through this film, which resulted in him winning awards for his acting in 2007.
The most memorable scene that occurred in the movie was the one where a challenging Texas Hold’em poker game is being played by James Bond and his nemesis as a pop culture icon. The antagonist of the movie and Bond’s poker opponent happens to be Le Chiffre, played by Mads Mikkelsen.
The iconic scene between them happens when both of them are trying to beat the house with back-and-forth money deposits and you can see actual casino spirit coming into play when both are engaged. This, of course, proves to be quite tricky for James Bond. This only means that the scene between the duo is worth watching!
If you’re wondering what to watch at home on date night, this is it. Recognized as one of the top comedies to exist in the film industry, most of The Hangover was shot in Las Vegas. The cast includes Bradley Cooper starring as Phil, Ed Helms as Stu, Zach Galifianakis as Alan, and Justin Bartha as Doug.
All four friends decide to go on one last adventure before their friend gets married. But the problem strikes when they end up completely inebriated and waking up the next morning in confusion.
Where were they last night? Who were all of them with? What kind of fun were they up to? Also, where is Doug? Yes, the groom (Doug) can’t be found anywhere and they are forced to retrace their steps back to learn the details of the night.
The movie therefore ends up on a list of the most iconic casino movie scenes because of Mr. Chow making his entry. It is the funniest part of the movie and goes on to change the whole storyline as we know it.
Mostly casino movie scenes move the audience into a world full of thrill and high risks as the characters plan their next strategy based on their level of skills. This moves the viewer internally into seeing it all as a symbolic visualization of luxury and glamor.
The audience, who has never tried going to the casino before, catches a glimpse into what it’s like to gamble in real life but with a drama or comedy twist of its own.
When you’re bored on a Sunday or thinking of what to watch when you’re on vacation, these casino-thrill scenes can surely transport you into a different world.
Stepping into a real-life casino, people are likely to recall all those casino movie scenes they have seen throughout their lives. It then becomes quite clear that the impact of casino movies on casino culture and Hollywood will always be remembered by movie fans.
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