In the movie Casino (1995) both Sam and Nicky move to Las Vegas from "Back Home" where the bosses are. It is clear that they both started their career in in their "home" town.

Which city do they refer to when they say "Back Home"?

I believe it is either New York or Chicago.

At some point Nicky mentions that the bosses are 1500 miles away. Chicago is 1700 miles, so it might be Chicago. I only found that piece of information.

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Back Home is a reference to Chicago, From mentalfloss

You're always in dangerous waters making a movie about the mafia, even when most of the facts are a matter of public record. According to Scorsese, Universal's lawyers suggested changing the characters' names (hence Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal becomes Sam "Ace" Rothstein), and even avoiding specific mention of Chicago being the Las Vegas mobsters' headquarters: they say "back home" instead, and the word "Chicago" never appears in the screenplay.

Also mentioned in vitalvegas and wikipedia.

  • This isn't completely right. Yes, it's Chicago, but they do explicitly say Chicago in the movie. Dec 12, 2018 at 14:41
  • @JohnnyBones in negative context?
    – Ankit Sharma
    Dec 12, 2018 at 14:42
  • I think in reference to the "Chicago Outfit". But, as I recall, the "back home" in the movie was actually Kansas City, though clearly they were talking about Chicago. Dec 12, 2018 at 14:49
  • @JohnnyBones from article it seems they removed mention of Chicago as mobsters' headquarters. So maybe rest they didn't cared
    – Ankit Sharma
    Dec 12, 2018 at 14:51
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    I'd have to re-watch it, but I remember it was made clear they were in Kansas City and the operation was run by the Chicago Outfit. Next time I watch it I can get more specific info and post it here. Dec 12, 2018 at 14:53

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