Casino (1980 film)

Casino is a 1980 American made-for-television adventure film directed by Don Chaffey and starring *Mike Connors, Barry Van Dyke and Gene Evans. It originally premiered on ABC on August 1, 1980.[1]

Written byRichard Carr
Directed byDon Chaffey
StarringMike Connors
Barry Van Dyke
Gene Evans
Hedley Mattingly
Gary Burghoff
Music byMark Snow
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Douglas S. Cramer
Aaron Spelling
Producer(s)E. Duke Vincent
Production location(s)20th Century Fox Studios - 10201 Pico Blvd., Century City, Los Angeles
CinematographyArch R. Dalzell
Editor(s)Jack Harnish
Running time96 minutes
Production company(s)Aaron Spelling Productions
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseAugust 1, 1980 (1980-08-01)


Nick is a suave and sophisticated gambler who owns a floating hotel and gambling ship which is plagued by sabotage on its maiden voyage.



The story was inspired by Mr Lucky. Star Mike Connors originally envisioned a grittier version with the floating casino being run down. However the success of The Love Boat prompted the final version to be more glamorous.[2]


  1. TV WEEKEND DEALING WITH THE AGED: HOW KIN TRY TO COPE O'Connor, John J. New York Times 1 Aug 1980: C.22
  2. Tempo: Mike Connors finds he can't win with 'Casino' film Witbeck, Charles. Chicago Tribune 31 July 1980: a9.
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