Thursday, August 12, 2010

#12: Hit Me Again!

I've always been a huge fan of gangster films like "The Godfather" and "Goodfellas." I guess there's something about them that always appealed to me, despite it portrays a life that I would never get mixed up in.

Another terrific gangster flick of recent vintage is "Casino," another Robert DeNiro/Joe Pesci flick that has been popping up a lot lately on my cable TV. It's one of those films that I always get roped into if it's on.

One of my favorite parts is when the Pesci character, Nicky Santoro, shows up in the casino late one night demanding a $50,000 marker, but the DeNiro character, Sam "Ace" Rothstein, will only give him $10,000. And he takes it out on poor Don Rickles, ripping the phone off the wall and giving him a beatdown. (I noticed recently that the guy who plays the blackjack dealer in this clip was also in "Rain Man" playing...a blackjack dealer in Las Vegas. I guess he must be one in real life. Or he's been seriously typecast.)

Some colorful language in this clip ("Casino" held the record for the most "F-words" in a single film, with 422, until 1997), and it is number 12 in our countdown. Enjoy.

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