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The Vegas Strip War (1984)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 25 November 1984
Rock Hudson (in his last made-for-TV-movie role) plays Neil Chaine, a charming Las Vegas hotel/casino owner who tries to turn his decaying building into The Strip's top attraction to avenge... See full summary »

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Gray Ryan
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Stan Markham
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Jimmy Weldstrom
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Marvin Berman
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Morgan Steinman
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Yip Tak (as Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita)
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Garland
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Jacqueline Nelgen
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Josh Mallory
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Alcatraz Ranger
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Chaine's Secretary
Ray Scarlatta ...
Desert Inn Pit Boss
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Rock Hudson (in his last made-for-TV-movie role) plays Neil Chaine, a charming Las Vegas hotel/casino owner who tries to turn his decaying building into The Strip's top attraction to avenge his outting by his former partners who run a more fancy hotel/casino just across the street. Written by Anonymous

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25 November 1984 (USA)  »

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The Vegas Casino War  »

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The film cast includes four Oscar nominees: James Earl Jones, Rock Hudson, Sharon Stone and Pat Morita. See more »

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Jack Madrid: It's not about black power or white power, it's about green power! Money! M-O-N-E-Y! We're talking about geometric progression: 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64!
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Down, but not out
6 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

The ravages of his final illness were clearly demonstrable when Rock Hudson stars in The Vegas Strip Wars. Hudson plays a man of Las Vegas whose partners first toast him and then knife him in the back.

But Hudson is a man of brains and talent and someone that people like and trust. Something that his former partner Madison Mason just cannot understand.

After getting knifed by Mason and bought out of The Desert Inn, Hudson fronts another syndicate looking to buy into the Tropicana Club which is near bankrupt. He succeeds in making a go of it, but he's still squeezed very hard. In the end Hudson falls back on the skills that first brought him to Las Vegas.

Years before Martin Scorsese made Casino which I consider to be the ultimate film about Las Vegas, Sharon Stone got to co-star in The Vegas Strip War with Rock Hudson. She's much younger here and not been around the block as much as her character in Casino. Still she scores well in a part that has here in a May/September romance with Hudson.

Stealing every scene that he's in is James Earl Jones doing a riotous takeoff of Don King. Part of Hudson's plan is to land a heavyweight championship bout for his gambling palace. Jones is funny, but he's also very shrewd.

Even the sight of a gaunt and clearly ill Hudson won't prevent you from enjoying The Vegas Strip Wars.


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