Hammerman Ikon

Hammerman Ikon Film Guide

Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Sharon Stone, James Woods, Alan King

Martin Scorsese and writer Nicolas Pileggi return to the world of real-life gangsters in this (partly fictionalised) story about a mobster who runs a casino in Las Vegas and his marriage to a self-destructive woman. The film is violent and often derivative of GoodFellas, but wonderfully constructed and beautifully filmed, technically one of Scorsese's best. It's almost three hours long despite the never-ending narration by several characters. In the end, the question is whether these people are worth all that time.