Movies You Forgot Had A Casino Scene
Movie directors insert casino scenes in movies to create an environment of intrigue, thrill, and excitement. Some of the top movies in the last couple of decades have lengthy casino scenes and the most notable ones that come to mind are James Bond movies.
Whenever a casino scene is involved it usually revolves around fast cars, hot women, high stakes action, taking risks, fighting criminals and winning huge cash prizes. These are exciting moments that appeal to people who have never even stepped inside a casino. The brilliant lights, attractive croupiers, well-dressed patrons, free drinks, and sounds of a casino deliver the experience of luxury that few can resist. It could also be the lure of winning a life-transforming prize that makes casinos attractive to players as well as non-players.
Over the years there have been a number of movies with casino scenes. Some of these movies have turned out to be very popular as they continue to be showcased on HBO and other channels. However, a few of them might have been forgotten with the passage of time. Here are a bunch of movies that you forgot had a casino scene in them.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
If you like Greek mythology and casinos, you are sure to enjoy the 2010 action fantasy movie Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. Chris Columbus is the director of this movie, which stars Brandon T. Jackson, Logan Lerman, Jake Abel, Alexandra Daddario, Uma Thurman, Steve Coogan, and others. 20th Century Fox released this movie on Feb 12, 2010.
Kids movie with a casino scene?
In the movie, Percy Jackson and his companions arrive at the Lotus Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on the important mission of finding some missing pearls. But this casino is the home of the notorious Lotus Eaters who trap people with lotus flowers that can rob them of their memory. Guests who thus lose their memory never want to leave the casino, which is why the casino’s motto is “You will never want to leave.”
Percy and his companions completely forget their mission and stay on at the casino longer than planned. Finally, Poseidon sends Percy a telepathic message, which frees him from the effects of the lotus flowers he had consumed. Percy then rescues his companions and the trio continue on their pearl finding mission.
Today, you don’t have to visit a land-based casino to play. There are a number of popular portals and online casinos that you can access from home.
The Hangover is a comic casino movie that nobody expected to become a hit. It is all about Alan, Stu, and Phil who have too many drinks and cannot remember what happened to them when they wake up the next day. One of the top scenes is that of Alan heading off to the gaming floor to play blackjack and winning a huge prize of $82,000.
Too funny, The Hangover casino scene
Released in 2009, The Hangover is co-produced by Daniel Goldberg, directed by Todd Phillips, and starred by Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, Jeffrey Tambor, Justin Bartha, and Heather Graham. It relates the adventures of Stu, Phil, and Alan who travel all the way to a Las Vegas Casino to take part in the bachelor party of Doug Billings, who is supposed to get married on the following day. But they have too many drinks at the party and can’t remember what happened the previous night. To make matters worse, the bridegroom is missing and must be found in time for the wedding.
The Hangover had an interesting effect on Caesars Casino, Las Vegas. Guests continued to quote movie lines such as “Do you know if the hotel is pager friendly?” and “Did Caesar live here?” whenever they visited Caesars Casino. Taking advantage of the popularity of the movie, Las Vegas casinos introduced slot machine games based on The Hangover, and Caesars Casino sold several souvenirs bearing the movie brand in its gift shop.
Such was the popularity of the movie that Hasbro launched a new version of Clue in 2018, in which players had to find a missing friend.
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
When we think of casinos today, we think about the multi-million and multi-billion dollar casinos that are found in Las Vegas and Macau. However, if you go back into the 1950s and 60s, you will find a number of Westerns that featured a small-town casino, where the townfolk used to gather every evening for a game of poker.
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly is one of the most epic Westerns ever made and features the iconic Clint Eastwood in the lead role. The movie revolves around two bounty hunters chasing down one of the most notorious bandits of the time. The casino scenes are just for a couple of minutes, but the movie is epic and one that you must watch.
If you are a poker player, then the movie Rounders will be familiar to you. However, the casual individual may not have watched Rounders or know that there is a lot of casino action in this movie. The term rounder refers to a person who travels from one city to the other in search of high-stakes poker games. Released in 1998, this movie is starred by Edward Norton and Matt Damon and directed by John Dahl.
The movie is based on the activities of two friends who have to raise money quickly to pay off their huge debts. Playing high-stakes poker appears to be the only way they can raise some quick money.
Although Rounders failed to become a box office hit when it was released, it later became very popular among poker players. The most popular scene in the movie is when John Malkovich and Matt Damon play head-to-head against each other. Tensions rise during this scene, successfully depicting the intensity and excitement of poker on the large screen.