Leaving Las Vegas

Leaving Las Vegas

4.8 5
Director: Mike Figgis

Cast: Mike Figgis, Nicolas Cage, Elisabeth Shue, Julian Sands

     
 

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Mike Figgis' grim drama documents a romantic triangle of sorts involving prostitute Sera (Elisabeth Shue), failed Hollywood screenwriter Ben (Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage), and the constant flow of booze which he loves more dearly than life itself. Arriving in Las Vegas with the intention of drinking himself to death, Ben meets Sera, and they gradually begin falling for…  See more details below

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Mike Figgis' grim drama documents a romantic triangle of sorts involving prostitute Sera (Elisabeth Shue), failed Hollywood screenwriter Ben (Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage), and the constant flow of booze which he loves more dearly than life itself. Arriving in Las Vegas with the intention of drinking himself to death, Ben meets Sera, and they gradually begin falling for one another. From the outset, however, Ben warns Sera that no matter what, she can never ask him to quit drinking, a condition to which she grudgingly agrees. A darkly comic tragedy, Leaving Las Vegas charts the brief romantic convergence of two desperately needy people who together find a brief flicker of happiness.

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Leaving Las Vegas is the rarest of love stories that revolves around acceptance and resignation in the face of defeat, rather than salvation and emotional triumph. Bleak, morose, and doggedly determined to stick to its principles, the film was unique in its resolve to observe, rather than attempt to save, its protagonist. For this reason alone, its enthusiastic reception by critics and audiences alike was not so much surprising as encouraging: in an industry and society where happy endings, no matter how contrived, are thought to be the only way to sell a film, Leaving Las Vegas stood out as a beautiful exception to the rule. There is never any doubt that Nicolas Cage's Ben is going to go through with his plan to kill himself, nor is there any reason to believe that Elisabeth Shue's Sera will be the woman who changes him with her love. Their romance is built on mutual need, but not the need for a happy ending. Aside from the stellar work of Cage and Shue--the latter resurfacing from almost complete obscurity with her Oscar-nominated portrayal--one of the best performances in Leaving Las Vegas comes from its soundtrack. A haunting, moody jazz score composed by writer/director Mike Figgis himself, it perfectly complements the film's narrative, oozing with a graceful, understated foreboding. Rarely has a soundtrack been so intrinsic to a film's subject matter. A beautiful, deceptively reckless meditation on love, death, and the intractability of human will, Leaving Las Vegas has much in common with its central character: darkly charismatic and abiding by its own rules, it charms even as it devastates.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/2010
UPC:
4895033771616
Original Release:
1995
Source:
Ais

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicolas Cage Ben Sanderson
Elisabeth Shue Sera
Julian Sands Yuri
Richard Lewis Peter
Valeria Golino Terri
Graham Beckel Bartender
David Brisbin Landlord
Steven Weber Marc Nussbaum
Kim Adams Sheila
Stuart Regen Man at Bar
Albert Henderson Man at Strip Bar
Carey Lowell Bank Teller
Anne Lange Business Colleague
Thomas Kopache Mr Simpson
Vincent Ward Businessman
French Stewart Businessman
Lucinda Jenney Weird Woman
Ed Lauter Mobster
Waldemar Kalinowski Mobster
David Kriegel Hotel Manager
Bill Thompson Midwest Man at Poolside
R. Lee Ermey Conventioneer
Mariska Hargitay Hooker at Bar
Danny Huston Barman
Laurie Metcalf Landlady
Shawnee Smith Biker Girl
Paul Quinn Biker Guy
Julian Lennon Bartender at Biker Bar
Tracy Thorne Waitress at Mall
Bob Rafelson Man at Mall
Susan Barnes Desk Clerk
Marc Coppola Dealer
Michael A. Goorjian College Boy
Sergio Premoli Stetson Man at Casino
Gordon Michaels Security Guard
Lou Rawls Concerned Cabbie
Xander Berkeley Cynical Cabbie

Technical Credits
Mike Figgis Director,Score Composer,Screenwriter
Kathryn Bihr Makeup
Lila Cazes Producer
Florence Fellman Set Decoration/Design
Marc S. Fischer Producer
Carrie Frazier Casting
Laura Goldsmith Costumes/Costume Designer
William Harrison Special Effects
Waldemar Kalinowski Production Designer
Barry Kingston Art Director
Gary Marcus Asst. Director
Declan Quinn Cinematographer
Stuart Regen Executive Producer
Paige Simpson Executive Producer
John Smith Editor
John Smith Editor
Annie Stewart Producer
Pawel Wdowczak Sound/Sound Designer

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Leaving Las Vegas 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this movie is very hip, well done, and deserving of every person who is going out there to watch. It is an execellent example of how life can slip right out of your hands and you could be nothing. Just someone trying desperately to make sense of something somewhere and hoping you yourself won't be the worst case scenario for it all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
some of you may ask if this really a romance, but yes it is. this may not be everyone's version of love or romance, but it is a mind-numbing, lip quivering, sweaty hand romance worthy of rank among the greatest romances in history.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
hello , i think that this movie , is great , nicolas Cage , perform this alcoholic like if he were drunk,and really wanna die, and the girl is beatifull and too expresive, all the movie has a dense ambience and the music (jazz) by Sting is EXCELLENT , PLEASE SEE THIS MOVIE... AND THE MUSIC WILL STAY IN YOUR HEAD FOREVER:::,)