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Director:
Writers:
Frank D. Gilroy (play)
Frank D. Gilroy (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 January 1970 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Dice was his vice. Men hers.
Plot:
Fran walks into a piano bar for pizza. She comes back home with Joe, the piano player. Joe plans on winning $5,000 and leave Las Vegas. Fran waits for something else. Meanwhile, he moves in with her. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Elizabeth Taylor ... Fran Walker

Warren Beatty ... Joe Grady
Charles Braswell ... Lockwood
Hank Henry ... Tony
Olga Valéry ... Hooker (as Olga Valery)

Directed by
George Stevens 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frank D. Gilroy  play
Frank D. Gilroy  screenplay

Produced by
Fred Kohlmar .... producer
Jean Yaakov Szniten .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
 
Cinematography by
Henri Decaë  (as Henri Decae)
 
Film Editing by
John W. Holmes 
William Sands 
Pat Shade 
 
Art Direction by
Herman A. Blumenthal  (as Herman Blumenthal)
Auguste Capelier 
 
Set Decoration by
Walter M. Scott 
Jerry Wunderlich 
 
Makeup Department
Alexandre .... hair stylist: Mrs Taylor (as Alexandre de Paris)
Claudie Ettori .... hair stylist
John Jiras .... makeup artist: Mr. Beatty
Frank La Rue .... makeup artist: Miss Taylor (as Frank LaRue)
John Jiras .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Christian Ferry .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Doudell .... assistant director
Robert Swink .... second unit director
 
Sound Department
Joseph de Bretagne .... sound (as Jo De Bretagne)
David Dockendorf .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Art Cruickshank .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Ted Grossman .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mia Fonssagrives .... costumes: Elizabeth Taylor
Vicki Tiel .... costumes: Elizabeth Taylor
 
Music Department
Bobby Bryant .... musician: flugel horn solo
Maurice Jarre .... conductor
Michel Mention .... orchestrator
Ernie Watts .... musician: alto saxophone solo
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John Springer .... unit publicist
Alan Arnold .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
113 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Finland:S | Netherlands:18 (1970) | Sweden:Btl | UK:A | USA:PG | USA:M (original rating) | West Germany:16 (f)

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Trivia:
Richard Burton was standing behind the camera while Beatty and Taylor filmed their bedroom love scene and made taunting remarks between takes. The actors wore towels under the blankets.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: When Fran gets off work at Desert Inn at beginning of film, her walk home makes no geographical sense. She is strolling past hotels, chapels and casinos miles apart and in completely opposite directions.See more »
Soundtrack:
But Not for MeSee more »

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Leaving Las Vegas, 8 May 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

It's unimaginable that George Stevens, the distinguished director that gave us "Swing Time", "Shane", "Giant", among others, could have agreed to be associated with this dud! I vaguely remember the Frank D. Gilroy's play, in which this movie is based, as a not too interesting night in the theater. Well, with the help of the author, the film was made under Mr. Stevens direction, and the results are there for anyone to judge! The worst thing in the film is the running time! At 113 minutes, it's way too long. The two principals are so miscast that it pains the viewer to watch them go through the motions feigning to love one another when probably the stars ended up hating each other for the duration of the shoot that took almost three months to be completed.

Elizabeth Taylor was into one of her fatty periods while doing this movie. One only sees her in unflattering costumes that don't do anything for her. Those shmattes make her even look older and heavier, but Liz must have thought she was making a fashion statement, or who knows what went through her mind? Warren Beatty is seen in the film as though he were under the influence. His take on Joe Grady, as directed, seems the kind of man that would be a turn off for Fran. After all, she was having a thing with a rich man who kept her in some kind of luxury. Mr. Beatty doesn't do anything to get us to like him. He is a loser, and that's that.

Watch this film on a sleepless night. Maybe it'll provoke you to sleep and have great dreams about what this movie is not!

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