Nicholas "Nicky" Santoro is the main antagonist of the 1995 Martin Scorsese film Casino. He is based off real life Chicago Outfit enforcer Anthony John "The Ant" Spilotro.
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Robert De Niro stars as a Jewish gangster who runs Las Vegas casinos for the Chicago Outfit, with Joe Pesci playing Nicky Santoro, the barbaric mob enforcer who protects him. In real life, Pesci’s role was inspired by the brutal life of Tony Spilotro: and his truth is even more disturbing than the film version.
Nicky Santoro is the main antagonist of Casino. He's based off real life Chicago Outfit enforcer Anthony John "The Ant" Spilotro. He is portrayed by Joe Pesci who also played Tommy DeVito and Harry Lime. Casino. Nicky Santoro was a childhood friend of Jewish handicapper Sam 'Ace' Rothstein. Nicky worked for the Mafia boss Remo Gaggi, whom made Santoro.
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Nicky Santoro : [voice-over] A lot of holes in the desert, and a lot of problems are buried in those holes. But you gotta do it right.
Nicholas Santora is portrayed as "Nicky", by Bruno Kirby in the 1997 film Donnie Brasco, which follows the life of undercover agent Joseph D. Pistone, from 1978 to 1981. The character "Nicky" was shot and killed in the movie, whereas Santora in reality was not.
Anthony Spilotro. Anthony John Spilotro (May 19, 1938 – June 14, 1986), nicknamed " Tony the Ant ", was an American mobster for the Chicago Outfit in Las Vegas during the 1970s and '80s. Spilotro managed the Outfit's illegal casino profits (the " skim ") when four of the casinos, The Stardust, The Fremont, The Hacienda, and The Marina, were ...
Psychopath Nicky Santoro and his brother Dominick Santoro, (played respectively by Joe Pesci and Philip Suriano) meet in a nondescript cornfield to discuss business with lieutenants of the Las Vegas casino bosses. Nicky’s been skimming casino profits, but he doesn’t think the bosses know. They did.
Before the killing scene I thought that Frankie was loyal to Nicky. He never showed any doubts while working for Nicky. I had the impression that he was the sober mind in contrast to the choleric Nicky Santoro. He also lied to the bosses about Ace's wife and Nicky to protect them and the business.
Nicky Santoro's gruesome death in Casino with House of the Rising Sun playing in the background. There is still some humor though: "Always the dollars, alway...
Tony Spilotro is best known as a ruthless Chicago mob representative in Las Vegas from the 1970s to the '80s. He was brutally beaten and murdered by other mobsters in 1986.