Casinos are a setting which attract plenty of drama, so it’s no surprise so many films and television series capitalize on the excitement. There are several casino themed television shows and movies which are critically acclaimed, here are just a few titles that you are sure to love:
Casino Royale (2006)
All casino fans can appreciate the grandeur and impressive presentation of casinos in the 2006 remake of the spy classic Casino Royale. This action-packed James Bond movie is perfect for adrenaline junkies who love the thrill fight scenes and the tension of a high stakes poker game.
British secret agent 007 takes on a mission to bankrupt the cruel terrorist organization financier La Chiffre through beating him in a poker tournament. The main event takes place at the Casino Royale in Montenegro, with additional scenes filmed in the UK, Italy, Czech Republic and the Bahamas. We also see Agent Bond fall for treasury worker Vesper Lynd, making the film both a tale of action and romance.
Casino Royale was a hit at the box office and is one of the highest grossing in the highly successful James Bond franchise.
The Casino (2004)
The Casino was a popular reality television series broadcast by Fox from 2004. It followed the lives of two millionaire entrepreneurs, Thomas Breitling and Tim Poster, as they managed The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas.
The series, which was created by Survivor producer Mark Burnett, involved 18 camera crews and over 270 hours of footage was used. It follows the pair’s journey right from when they apply for their gambling license.
Only a few episodes were shown, and the show did receive some criticism for appearing a little contrived. However, if you are someone who enjoys playing in bricks and mortar casinos and have ever wondered what it takes to set up this kind of venue, you might find it an insightful watch.
The Hangover (2009)
The Hangover was a hit at cinemas when it was released in 2009. The movie is part of a trilogy and is known as one of the most successful and profitable in the comedy genre. The plot follows friends Doug, Phil, Stu and Alan as they travel to Las Vegas to celebrate Doug’s upcoming marriage to partner Tracy. After checking in to the Caesars Palace Hotel and going up on to the rooftop for a celebratory drink, things suddenly go haywire and the gang wake up with no memory of the previous night’s antics. They find Doug to be missing and a tiger, chicken and a baby in their suite.
They retrace their steps in order to find out what has happened. Desperate for money to save their friend, the group visit a casino, what happens next is comedy gold, Alan’s performance at the blackjack table inspired a new generation of people playing blackjack – he ends up winning $80,000 dollars at the table! Although it isn’t always that easy!
This hit movie is a must-see for all casino lovers and fans of action-comedy.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Starring the world-famous actor Johnny Depp, Fear and Loathing is a classic film that shows some of the dark underbelly of the gambling capital, Las Vegas. Depp plays troubled journalist Raoul Duke, who travels to Sin City with his lawyer Dr. Gonzo as part of a drug fueled road trip to cover a sports event.
The pair run into all kinds of trouble on their journey around the city as they go in search of the American Dream. Along the way they encounter troublesome hitchhikers, drug dealers, gamblers and police officers.
If you’re looking to see the glitz and glamour of Vegas’ casino, it is perhaps not the film for you. This is another action-packed drama with some great comedy thrown in.
Caesar’s Challenge (1993 – 1994)
Caesar’s Challenge was an American game show on NBC in the mid-1990s and was set inside the famous Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Dan Doherty was the main host of the show, with his assistant dressed as a gladiator, in keeping with Caesar’s theme.
Contestants were challenged over three rounds in the show. They attempted to solve scrambled word puzzles and answer multiple choice trivia questions in order to pass the rounds and win money. At first, this money was used to buy them prizes but the format of the show was later changed to the winner being given a prize and the runners up also getting a smaller prize for their participation.
This was a fun and tense show. It came out in the nineties and has gone down as a classic! Are there any casino related films or television shows we missed? Let us know in the comments!