De Niro is arguably one of the screen’s most famous BAMFs. Our first post, however, isn’t him as boxer Jake LaMotta (Raging Bull) or vicious mobster Jimmy Conway (Goodfellas) or even the dapper Mafia chief Vito Corleone (The Godfather, Part II)…
To kick off BAMF Style’s Week of Weddings – because, you know, Valentine’s Day is coming up – and bring in Mafia Monday on a BAMF note, here is De Niro getting married in Casino.
Robert De Niro as Sam “Ace” Rothstein, brilliant sports handicapper, gambler, and mob associate
Las Vegas, Spring 1974
Release Date: November 22, 1995
Director: Martin Scorsese
Costume Design: John A. Dunn & Rita Ryack
I don’t know why it’s taken me this long, other than the fact that it’s a 3 hour movie that features over fifty costume changes for its main character – pretty much all of them suits – but here is the first breakdown from Casino. As mentioned, it’s said that De Niro had around 52 costume changes throughout. Most of his suits were very loud, a series of sharkskin or silk pastels ranging from hot pink to lime green (if limes were radioactive), so the suit chosen for his wedding was relatively conservative.
In this sequence, Ace takes a chance (Vegas and all…) and marries ex-hustler Ginger, played by Sharon Stone. After the champagne drinking and cake-sharing festivities, she rushes off to make a tearful call to her ex-boyfriend, a drug dealing pimp currently doing a line with one of his sluts who tells her to keep her new husband on a leash. Whether you’ve seen the movie or not, I think that right there tells you what a happy union this will be!
Although the pimp is played by James Woods so you gotta love him!
What’d He Wear?
For his big day (can you hear De Niro calling it that?), Rothstein wears a standard black suit. It is a pretty timeless look, outfitted with ’70s details such as flapped hip pockets on a steep angle and long double vents matched with long peak lapels. However, the details avoid typical ’70s excess.
In addition to the details mentioned, the jacket also has 1-button cuffs and a jetted breast pocket, where Ace wears a white silk pocketsquare. To celebrate the occasion, a white boutonniere is fixed to his left lapel.
We don’t see much of his lower half here, but his pants are black with a center crease, fitting with Ace’s perfectionist habits. There are two open side pockets and plain-hemmed bottoms that drape over his black square-toed leather laced dress shoes. We don’t get much of a look at the shoes, as stated, but let’s go ahead and assume his socks are black. Why wouldn’t they be?
His shirt is typical of the ’70s, white with long point collars. The cuffs aren’t clearly seen but appear to be buttoned barrel cuffs, like most of Ace’s shirts. He wears a white textured silk necktie with the shirt, again avoiding ’70s-ness by keeping it a conservative width from the knot throughout the rest of the tie.
All in all, it’s a nice look. Although it does kinda shout “Mafia!”, especially given the Vegas surroundings.
Go Big or Go Home – Wedding Edition
The Riviera Hotel and Casino, 2901 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109
Ace had an in here, being the food and beverage chairman (or was he entertainment manager at this point?), but maybe you’ll be able to swing a thing or two. If not, I’m sure there’s a chapel up the street.
In addition to the steak and lobsters for dinner, everyone had champagne! Ace and his new wife, Ginger, even did the corny thing where they drink with their arms linked.
The narration notes that Ace invited half the town of Vegas – we’re guessing the important half (judges, mobsters, casino owners, etc.) – but know that no wedding is truly a wedding without the appearance of Joe Pesci.
In a nod to the real life Ace’s job at the Stardust, a version of “Stardust” sung by the song’s writer Hoagy Carmichael plays during the sequence. We can’t know for sure, but it’s a good guess that you aren’t gonna hear “The Chicken Dance” at this wedding. “Hava Nagila” maybe.
(Fun fact: Hoagy Carmichael was used as a basis of James Bond’s appearance in the original novels by Ian Fleming.)
How to Get the Look
For once, this one is pretty easy.
- Black wool suit, consisting of:
- Single-breasted 1-button suit coat with wide peak lapels, jetted breast pocket, slanted flapped hip pockets, 1-button cuffs, and long double rear vents
- Flat front trousers with side pockets and plain-hemmed bottoms
- White dress shirt with long point collars and button cuffs
- White textured silk necktie
- Black square-toed leather laced dress shoes
- Black dress socks
- White boutonniere in left lapel of suit coat
- White silk pocket square in breast pocket
Do Yourself a Favor and…
Buy the movie.
According to Amazon, the star is “Robert Niro”. There’s a deleted scene of him fiddling as Vegas burns.
When you love someone, you’ve gotta trust them. There’s no other way. You’ve got to give them the key to everything that’s yours. Otherwise, what’s the point? And for a while, I believed, that’s the kind of love I had.
Spoiler Alert: He’s wrong, she bangs the whole town of Vegas and eventually leads to him getting blown up in his car <3
I unfortunately can’t find it anywhere online (doesn’t mean I’ll stop trying), but I’ve seen a photo of the real Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal – the inspiration for the character of Ace – on his wedding day and he was wearing a darker necktie. Please file this in the “Necessary Information” portion of your brain.
To make up for that, here‘s a picture of Lefty’s real life wife Geri. She was a sizzler.