Although blackjack is certainly a popular casino game, it could be argued that this fact has not really filtered through to Hollywood movie producers. After all, casino scenes in movies are not exactly uncommon, but more often than not, the games that are being played in these scenes are poker, roulette and even baccarat – but very rarely blackjack. If you’re a fan of any of these games, come and play them at online casino Canada, it’s very easy to access not just from computer but from your phones or tablets.
Nonetheless, despite this oversight, there have been a handful of great blackjack scenes in movies over the years – such as these three.
Licence to Kill
The Bond movies embody the complaint in the opening paragraph, as virtually every one of them has a casino gambling scene, but Bond plays poker (in the recent ones), roulette and baccarat (in the older ones), but on only one occasion does he play blackjack. That happens in the unjustly neglected second Timothy Dalton movie Licence to Kill, where he visits the casino owned and controlled by drug tsar Franz Sanchez, and takes £250,000 of the latter’s money at the blackjack tables.
This is unquestionably the single most famous blackjack casino scene in the movies, largely due to the memorable performance of Dustin Hoffman as the autistic Raymond. Here Charlie (Tom Cruise) takes his older brother Raymond to play blackjack at Vegas casino, so that he can exploit the talent for maths that comes with the latter’s autism, by having him count the cards. Revealing the exploitative selfishness of Charlie, as well as the savant skills of Raymond, this scene has achieved legendary status.
Given that the whole premise of this star-studded remake of the old Rat Pack vehicle is about stealing from Vegas casinos, there aren’t that many memorable gambling scenes in it. Indeed the best part of the bit with Bernie Mac’s blackjack dealer doesn’t take place at the tables, but in a room behind the scenes at the casino. After having his past criminal history revealed by Matt Damon, the angry Mac accuses the former of racism, and utters one of the best lines in the film: “S-, you might as well call it ‘whitejack’”.