Decided to cover an underground gem from the mid-90s that most people will be surprised to learn has a lot of fur fashion. Also decided to see how many readers could pick up on sarcasm. Yes, it’s Casino, the film that associated Sharon Stone with “chinchilla” in certain circles. It’s also the ‘90s, so it only got furs because it was a period piece. Tip of the blue fox fedora to all auteurs who demand authenticity in their cinematic exploration of decades past. Also, see Ridley Scott.
Casino – The Film
This is a dramatization of a book about a guy who runs *checks notes* a casino. Well, who could have predicted that? Unlike many films featured here, this one is considered “good.” Sharon Stone received awards for her performance, though her furs were not nominated, sadly.
Casino – The Furs
Stone plays Ginger McKenna, a hustler who has found some success at the job. The subtle clues lie in her rather expensive wardrobe; she moves up from mink to fox (thankfully).
Ginger catches the eye of Casino boss Sam, and they get together. Sam showers Ginger with gifts, including a rather expensive full-length chinchilla coat. The “rather expensive” and “chinchilla” is redundant.
Some useless jewelry too, but who cares about that?
Trouble brews in mafia paradise as Ginger’s ex keeps returning asking for handouts. Ginger and Sam meet up with Lester in a very long scene at a diner. Ginger is wearing this coat trimmed with black and white strips of mink.
Most of Ginger’s shots are in closeup, so barely a few hairs are visible. There are only a couple of shots where the coat is mainly in the frame.
She starts an affair with Sam’s buddy Nicky because “mafia flick” and is caught (briefly) on surveillance in a black fox-trimmed coat. Of course, the black fur shows up at night; even Scorsese can’t resist this stupidity.
Ginger gets to come home briefly and appears in this dyed red fox collar in one short scene.
Because this is a mafia movie and not a rom-com, things don’t really work out for Sam and Ginger. Ginger plots to kill Sam, and he kicks her out. This time she takes the blush fox fur stroller with her.
It’s amusing that everyone remembers the chinchilla, even though this is probably the fur with the most screentime. Ginger runs off to steal from a safe deposit box.
And is eventually caught by the FBI, all while wearing the fox stroller.
Casino delivers about seven minutes of fur, which would make for a decent ratio in a movie that wasn’t seventy hours. The “weak” 4% is still a “recommend.” It’s prime Sharon Stone in top-quality fur fashion. If you don’t have time to sit through it, just do what I did and smash that fast-forward button. If you’ve watched a Youtube video lately, you’ll certainly know all about smashing buttons.
- Fur Runtime: approx 7 minutes
- Film Runtime: 178 minutes
- On-Screen Fur Ratio: 3.9%
Find-a-Fur: Casino, 1995
(all times are approximate and are affected by the cut of the film)
- 18:35 – white fox stole
- 25:00 – white mink coat
- 26:25 – white fox stole
- 29:09 – mink? coat
- 45:55 – chinchilla coat
- 1:04:50 – mink coat? stole?
- 1:14:05 – white trim
- 2:11:50 – white fox trimmed mink
- 2:17:25 – mink to dyed trim
- 2:37:20 – 40:00 – blush fox jacket