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Leaving Las Vegas

Leaving Las Vegas

4.8 5
Director: Mike Figgis

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Elisabeth Shue, Julian Sands


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The much-celebrated 1995 Oscar winner Leaving Las Vegas is available on DVD through MGM DVD. The film can be viewed either in widescreen or standard format. It is available in the uncut, unrated version that features additional explicit footage not shown in theatres and comes equipped with English, French, and Spanish subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround


The much-celebrated 1995 Oscar winner Leaving Las Vegas is available on DVD through MGM DVD. The film can be viewed either in widescreen or standard format. It is available in the uncut, unrated version that features additional explicit footage not shown in theatres and comes equipped with English, French, and Spanish subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. The DVD comes with the original theatrical trailer and a six-page booklet with trivia, fluffy production notes, and a list of the film's awards and nominations. The main menu screen is set against a backdrop of moving headlights and Vegas neon while jazz music plays in the background. Viewers who click on the playing cards in the upper right hand corner of the screen are led to a hidden page menu feature. This hidden page features "From College to Call Girl," a short list of Ivy League graduates (such as the film's star Elisabeth Shue) who went on to play prostitutes on film. The colors and sound on this DVD appear sharp and bright. Perhaps more detailed production notes or filmographies/biographies would have been appropriate, especially for an Oscar winner such as this one, but in essence, it's a decent package.

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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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Release Date:
Original Release:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Uncut, unrated version; Trivia and production notes; Special "hidden page" menu features; Original theatrical trailer

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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/Main Title [1:20]
2. Meeting Movie Moguls [2:28]
3. You Turn Me On [2:33]
4. Drunk On The Town [3:09]
5. The Shaky Signer [:05]
6. The Last Meeting [3:44]
7. Entering Las Vegas [2:24]
8. Yure And His "Gift" [:25]
9. A Fiery Farewell [1:08]
10. Screeching For Sera [3:38]
11. "The Hole You're In" [2:25]
12. Hooking A Hooker [:51]
13. Come Rain Or Come Shine [1:00]
14. Pummled By A Pimp [1:31]
15. Oops! Wrong Guy! [2:09]
16. Looking For A Loser [4:05]
17. Yuri Loses It [2:47]
18. My One And Only Love [3:08]
19. The Home Of An Angel [1:39]
20. Doorstop Drunk [:13]
21. "Ah, Gifts!" [2:24]
22. Gambling Blowout [2:54]
23. The Morning After [2:08]
24. The Breakfast Bar [2:13]
25. A Day At The Mall [5:19]
26. Be Careful Out There [1:25]
27. Crashing Pool Party [4:24]
28. Rice, Tear & Tricks [1:33]
29. Victimized [:55]
30. Down & Out & Lonely [4:21]
31. Leaving Las Vegas [2:14]
32. End Credits [1:58]


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Leaving Las Vegas 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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.
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.
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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:::,)