Famous casino movies from the 60’s and 70’s
In the beginning of 60’s and 70’s casino and everything around it was a new big hit! And of course, it is no surprise that lots of movies about this theme were filmed. Besides, casinos and experiences around them are always full of thrills and excitement. As a result, some of the most famous movies about casinos were made in this period. Nowadays, lots of remakes are produced based on those legendary movies, but they do not have the same feel to it.
Ocean’s 11 – the classic of the casino movies
Not mentioning Ocean’s 11 when talking about famous casino movies of the 60’s is simply a crime! This is a classic that will stay popular for many more years if not forever. The director of the movie Lewis Milestone had no idea that their good times would lead to creating a historical artifact. The greatest stars of all time like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop are part of this piece.
The Hustler – Great Continuation
Right after Ocean’s 11, Robert Rossen had a great idea to direct a movie about the pool player who tries to work his way up the ranks. In The Hustler we become observers of how a small pool player gets a chance of winning big-time in the Midwest. With the help of a promoter and a former hooker who later becomes the girlfriend of the main character, a boozing pool shark finally plays “Minnesota Fats”. With Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason and Piper Laurie the movie is just awesome!
Later is 1965, yet another casino masterpiece was created by Norman Jewison. The action takes place in the New Orleans in the period of the Great Depression. The plot is more or less the same but this time we scrutinize a poker player. We face his battle against a veteran player for the title of The Man. But not everything is that simple, there is something going on with the dealer as well.
And how can one forget about one of the most exciting movies of the late 60’s – Casino Royale. The later remake with Daniel Craig will capture the attention of action fans, but for the true cinephiles the original version is by far more impressive. Everything starting with the scenes to the soundtracks is just perfect! Credits should be given to directors of the movie Val Guest and Ken Hughes.Print this article