-Directed by Martin Scorsese
-Based on non-fiction book of the same name by Nicholas Pileggi
Did You Know?
-The F word is said 422 times, and the film holds a Guiness World Record for most swearing in a movie
-Sharon Stone had back problems from an old injury and the gold and white beaded gown she wears during a casino scene weighed 45 pounds
-The jewelry store Nicky robs is an actual Las Vegas jewelry store. The line "I just got a shipment of diamonds from Israel" was not scripted
-The character K.K. Ichikawa was actually based on Akio Kashiwagi. He was a Japanese high roller during the 70s and 80s and was a big scene at Las Vegas casinos. By the end of the 1980s, he had used up all his casino credit, owing many casinos, millions of dollars. He was eventually murdered in his Tokyo home by the Yakuza(Japanese Mafia) in 1992.
-In the movie, Nicky is placed in the black book. In real life, Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal, the person De Niro's character is based on, is the one really in the black book.
-The gray haired hitman in the sunglasses at the end of the movie was a real life mob member. His name is Frank Culotta. He is portrayed by Frank Vincent. Culotta was the chief lieutenant of Tony Spilotro in the 1970s and 1980s and entered the Witness Protection Program before the conrfield incident took place and was not present, unlike Marino.
-Robert De Niro has appeared in at least 3 movies that use the song Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones in the soundtrack: Casino(1995), The Fan(1996) and Goodfellas(1990)
-Robert De Niro stars as Sam "Ace" Rothstein, a Jewish-American gambling handicapper who is called by the Mob to oversee daily business at the fictional Tangiers casino in Las Vegas. The story is based on Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal, who ran the Stardust, Fremont adn Hacienda casinos in Las Vegas for the Chicago Outfit from the 1970s until the early 1980s.
-Joe Pesci plays Nicky Santoro, Sam's hot tempered, hair trigger tempered friend, based on real life mob enforcer Anthony Spilotro. Nicky is sent to Vegas to make sure no one messes with Sam or skim money off the top from the Tangiers and that the mobsters in Vegas are keeping their toes in line.
-Sharon Stone plays Ginger McKenna, Ace's wife.
-In the scene where Nicky and his brother Dominick are beaten and buried in a cornfield, that actually happened. The real guys, Anthony Spilotro and his brother really were beaten and buried in an Indian cornfield in 1986.
-Sam "Ace" Rothstein (Robert De Niro) is a sports handicapper and mob associate who is sent to Vegas to run the Teamsters-funded Tangiers Casino on behalf of several midwest mob families. Sam becomes the Tangier's boss, while taking advantage of the gaming laws allowing him to work while his gaming license is being considered. He doubles the Tangier's profits which are skimmed by the Mafia before the records are reported to the income tax people. Because the bosses are impressed by Sam's work, they send Sam's friend, mob enforcer and caporegime Nicholas "Nicky" Santoro (Joe Pesci) and his gang, which includes Frank Marino (Frank Vincent) to protect Sam and the whole casino. Nicky, unfortunately, becomes more of a problem than solution as his aggressive attitude quickly gets him barred from virtually every casino in Vegas and his name into the black book, which has only one name in it, Alphonse "Scarface" Capone. With his name in the black book, Santoro's name has been grilled into the mind of virtually every police officer and FBI agent and other law enforcement officers. So Nicky then gathers his own crew and begin running burglaries from other businesses and houses.
Robert De Niro: Sam "Ace" Rothstein
-Based on: Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal
Joe Pesci: Nicholas "Nicky" Santoro
-Based on: Tony "The Ant" Spilotro
Sharon Stone: Ginger McKenna
-Based on: Geraldine McGee Rosenthal
Frank Vincent: Frank Marino
-Based on: Frank Culotta
Don Rickles: Billy Sherbert
-Based on: Murray Ehrenberg
Pasquale Cajano: Remo Gaggi
-Based on: Joseph Aiuppa
James Woods: Lester Diamond
-Based on: Leonard "Lenny" Marmor
Kevin Pollack: Philip Green
-Based on: Allen Glick
Alan King: Andy Stone
-Based on: Allen Dorfman
Philip Suriano: Dominick Santoro
-Based on: Michael Spilotro
Vinny Vella: Artie Piscano
-Based on: Carl "Tuffy" DeLuna
Joseph Rigano: Vincent Borelli
-Based on: Nicholas Civella
Nobu Matsuhisa: K.K. Ichikawa
-Based on: Akio Kashiwagi
- "Contempt – Theme De Camille" by Georges Delerue
- "Angelina/Zooma, Zooma Medley" by Louis Prima
- "Hoochie Coochie Man" by Muddy Waters
- "I'll Take You There" by The Staple Singers
- "Nights in White Satin" by The Moody Blues
- "How High The Moon" by Les Paul & Mary Ford
- "Hurt" by Timi Yuro
- "Ain't Got No Home" by Clarence 'Frogman' Henry
- "Without You" by Nilsson
- "Love Is the Drug" by Roxy Music
- "I'm Sorry" by Brenda Lee
- "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac
- "The Thrill Is Gone" by B.B. King
- "Love Is Strange" by Mickey & Sylvia
- "The 'In' Crowd" by Ramsey Lewis
- "Stardust" by Hoagy Carmichael
 Disc two
- "Walk on the Wild Side" by Jimmy Smith
- "Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)" by Otis Redding
- "I Ain't Superstitious" by Jeff Beck Group
- "The Glory of Love" by The Velvetones
- "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by Devo
- "What a Diff'rence a Day Made" by Dinah Washington
- "Working in the Coal Mine" by Lee Dorsey
- "House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals
- "Those Were the Days" by Cream
- "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)" by Tony Bennett
- "Slippin' and Slidin'" by Little Richard
- "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You" by Dean Martin
- "Compared to What" (Live) by Les McCann & Eddie Harris
- "Basin Street Blues/When It's Sleepy Time Down South" by Louis Prima
- "St. Matthew Passion (Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder)" by Johann Sebastian Bach (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Georg Solti)