The Depiction of Casino Eras in Film

February 11, 2015

The way films depict eras are one of the most fascinating elements to the movie-going experience. Sitting in the theater and being transported to another place and time can really grip the audience. One popular played out scene across different eras is the casino scene, notoriously tense these scenes have become a huge part of some classic movies.

To celebrate some of the best casino scenes from different eras, Ladbrokes Casino have put together a quiz for you to see which era you are best suited to. Are you a chilled out Swinger like Austin Powers in the 70's or are you an old fashioned, no nonsense cowboy like Bret Maverick?

In order to give you a better idea, we have placed some of the greatest casino film moments from different eras below:

The Roman – Gladiator (2000)


The critically acclaimed Gladiator won a huge 5 awards at the 73rd Academy Awards and has gone on to be rated as one of the greatest films of all time. The movie highlights the corrupt and cruel ruling methods of the Roman Empire, especially how many in the era were willing to do anything if it meant winning. Commodus, played by Joaquin Phoenix, takes the biggest gamble of them all – risking his own life in combat against Maximus. But, the Emperor takes matters into his own hands before the fight, stabbing his opponent through the shoulder and seriously hammering the gladiator's chances of winning. Even though he is the most powerful man in Rome, Commodus still shows his crooked nature by doing what he deemed necessary to ensure he wins the bet – seeing Maximus die.

The Cowboy - True Grit (2010)


True Grit highlights the true realities of the notorious gambling scene back in the Wild West. The film is a remake of the classic John Wayne 1969 encounter, with Jeff Bridges taking over the role of Rooster Cogburn and stars Matt Damon as LaBoeuf. But the plot is played out around Mattie Ross, a 14 year old girl on the hunt for her father's murdered. He was killed as an on-looker at a game of cards trying to split up a fight between the two men playing. The suspected murderer had been accused of cheating by his adversary, thus being forced into a brawl. Although many in the Western period would try their hand at cheating, getting caught would leave you and those around in a very precautious position.

The Swinger – Swingers (1996)


Las Vegas has become the stereotypical setting for many casino films over the year, with the trials and tribulations of a gambler's story being played out in Sin City. The Doug Liman directed Swingers encapsulates the entire body of the Swinger, with Mike and Trent trying their hands at the high rolling tables in the Vegas casino scene. The men both ride the waves of wins and losses, with the encouragement of some female friends they pick up on the way. Just like true Swingers though, both Trent and Mike leave empty handed – but they had some fun along the way.

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