Leaving Las Vegas

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2011
  • UPC: 883904232094
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Uncensored / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 53,457

Cast & Crew

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

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one of the great legendary romances

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Favorite Movie

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2001

    Excellent

    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:::,)

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    Posted April 24, 2009

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    Posted February 10, 2010

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