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"Who cut him? Sam liked saying things like 'Who cut him?' It reminded him of being a kid and watching prison movies, which is probably why prisoners talked like that, too." Tod Goldberg

Casino
1995

This American crime-drama film, directed by Martin Scorsese, and starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone, tells the story based on the non-fiction book of the same title about a fictional casino in Las Vegas called the Tangiers. Except for the criticism of excessive violence, the movie garnered a mostly positive critical response, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it an 81% “fresh” rating, and Sharon Stone getting a nomination for Best Actress by the Academy Awards.

The Godfather Part II
1974

This American crime epic film, part two in the series of three, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Diane Kenton and Robert Duvall, received great critical acclaim when released, with some deeming it superior to the original. The movie is in part, both a sequel and a prequel to the Godfather, presenting two parallel dramas. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, it won six, including Best Picture and Best Director. “The Godfather II ranks among the most critically and artistically successful films in history, and is the most honored sequel for excellence.”

Donnie Brasco
1997

This American crime drama, directed by Mike Newell, and starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp, is based on the true story of Joseph D. Pistone, an FBI undercover agent who infiltrated the Bonanno crime family in New York City during the 1970’s. On release, the movie received high critical acclaim, with reviews like Entertainment Weekly calling it a “wonderfully dense, clever and moving gangland thriller”, and Mick LaSalle from the San Francisco Chronicle saying that Donnie Brasco was “a first class Mafia thriller.”

Bugsy
1991

This American crime-drama film, directed by Barry Levinson, and starring Warren Beatty, Annette Benning, Harvey Keitel and Ben Kingsley, tells the interesting, if not entirely accurate, story of the building of the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel Casino when Las Vegas was mostly just a four way stop in the desert, and the influence of Bugsy Siegel. Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, the movie won two, and made three of the American Film Institute’s lists, including ‘AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Heroes and Villains’ and ‘AFI’s 10 Top 10 – Nominated Gangster Films’.

A Bronx Tale
1993

This American crime drama film, in the directorial debut of Robert De Niro, and starring De Niro, tells an evocative slice-of-life story in which a Bronx boy grows to adulthood worshipping disparate heroes: his hardworking father, and the neighborhood mob boss. Critic Roger Ebert gave the film four stars, calling it “a very funny movie sometimes, and very touching at other times. It is filled with life and colorful characters and great lines of dialogue, and De Niro, in his debut as a director, finds the right notes as he moves from anger to tears. What’s important about the film is that it’s about values.”

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