Ten Movies Featuring Craps, In Honor of National Dice Day

December 4 is National Dice Day, and as a Las Vegas blog we would be embarrassingly remiss if we didn’t acknowledge this most auspicious of quasi-holidays. Happy National Dice Day!

Red dice

The spots on dice are called “pips.”

What, you thought that was the whole thing? Of course not. Here are 10 movies where dice were involved, specifically in the form of craps, one of the most boisterous, exciting games in any Las Vegas casino.

1. Indecent Proposal

Woody Harrelson never had a prayer.

2. Diamonds Are Forever

James Bond always had a fondness for the ladies and dice. But mostly that first thing.

3. Guys and Dolls

Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra star in this 1955 film, and inexplicably, it’s Brando that sings “Luck Be a Lady” during a craps session.

4. Harlem Nights

The f-bomb gets dropped a lot in this little gem. We forgive it because, you know, craps.

5. The Cooler

One of our favorite craps movies. We once played craps with the writer of “The Cooler” at Primm Valley Resort & Casino. Random factor: Infinite.

6. Hard Eight

More f-bombs. Don’t worry, you never hear them at a real craps table, ever. Ahem.

7. Walking Tall

Let’s just say Buford Pusser isn’t one to suffer dice cheats lightly.

8. Ocean’s 13

“Oceans 13” could totally happen. Especially the dice part. Because casino pit bosses never notice magnets or dice that have been tampered with and stuff.

9. The Big Town

A classic for lovers of craps, starring Matt Dillion as a kid from a small town who discovers he’s got a talent for shooting craps. What could possibly go wrong?

10. Casino

It’s the crème de la crème of casino movies, and not just because it’s named “Casino.” “Casino” has maybe the most famous of movie craps scenes, as Sharon Stone’s character stirs up some drama just to make Robert De Niro’s character fall in love with her. Or something.

Here’s a bonus National Dice Day trivia item: The man playing the high roller in that scene with Sharon Stone is Ali Pirouzkar (pictured below). He’s quite a character, and can often be seen roaming Caesars Palace and The Forum Shops. You can’t miss him, and he loves being asked for his autograph.

Ali Pirouzkar

Ali Pirouzkar is as Vegas as dice, baby.

One thought on “Ten Movies Featuring Craps, In Honor of National Dice Day

  1. Michael James

    The craps scene in Kingpin (where Chris Elliott bets $800,000 on the line, he asks Randy Quaid to blow on the dice, Quaid instead throws them and hits a good 7, and Chris Elliott falls in love) is a great ironic craps scene.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.