This Martin Scorsese film depicts the Janus-like quality of Las Vegas--it has a glittering, glamorous face, as well as a brutal, cruel one. Ace Rothstein and Nicky Santoro, mobsters who move to Las Vegas to make their mark, live and work in this paradoxical world. Seen through their eyes, each as a foil to the other, the details of mob involvement in the casinos of the 1970's and '80's are revealed. Ace is the smooth operator of the Tangiers casino, while Nicky is his boyhood friend and tough strongman, robbing and shaking down the locals. However, they each have a tragic flaw--Ace falls in love with a hustler, Ginger, and Nicky falls into an ever-deepening spiral of drugs and violence. Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Don't Push Your Luck.
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Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive strong language, drug use and some sexuality
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Did You Know?
spent many long workdays in agony while filming scenes for this film. She had back trouble due to an old injury, and the gold and white beaded gown she wears during a casino scene weighed forty-five pounds. See more
Before the pen-attack in the bar Nicky can be seen drinking his drink. Seen from another angle, the glass is on the bar is untouched. See more
When you love someone, you've gotta trust them. There's no other way. You've got to give them the key to everything that's yours. Otherwise, what's the point? And for a while, I believed, that's the kind of love I had.
[Ace's car explodes
SPOILER: Nicky is about to finish his narration, he's cut short by the mobsters wanting to whack him. See more
Referenced in Boogie Nights
Ain't Got No Home
Written and Performed by Clarence 'Frogman' Henry
(as Clarence Henry)
Courtesy of MCA Records
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