Casinos in Films

With the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas strip, there is little wonder why casinos feature in so many Hollywood blockbusters. They offer a riot of lights, noise and most importantly, loads of money which appeals to most people’s sense of escapism. Caesars Palace is a famous film set and has seen over 27 films shot in its iconic walls, how many do you remember? Here are a few movies that took advantage of the stunning backdrop of Caesars Casino to jog your memory.

The Hangover

Lead character Zach Galifianakis strolls over to the reception desk and utters the now famed words, ‘Did Caesar live here?’, laugh all you like, but you might be surprised to learn just how often the front of house staff get asked that question every day. Both The Hangover and The Hangover Part III feature on-location shots at this popular casino to compliment the action of the films.

Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr has made several outings as billionaire turned superhero Tony Stark aka Iron Man. It was the first of the films, in 2008, that used the backdrop of the main entrance to Caesars and saw Stark doing what he does best, seducing a stunningly beautiful reporter right outside the building.

Rain Man

Many people missed the fact that this 80’s hit actually featured Caesars Palace, with two huge names taking the leading roles and four Academy Awards under its belt. Tom Cruise was seen teaching his autistic brother played by Dustin Hoffman how to dance. This scene was filmed in the Emperors Suite, and even now, people still ask for and refer to it as the Rain Man Suite.

The Only Game in Town

If you are looking for one of the first films to pick the casino as a location filming, then look no further than The Only Game in Town. This classic hit featured Warren Beaty and Elizabeth Taylor and was shot in 1970 and is highly recommended if you haven’t seen it.

Dreamgirls

One location that everyone can paint a mental image of, is the stunning Caesars Palace showroom. It was here that Effie White, played by Jennifer Hudson, belted out the love song, ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’. The film was made in 2006 and secured Hudson an Oscar for her performance; it remains a massively popular film to this day.

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