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>
Luck has nothing to do with the games they play.
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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?
In the scene where Ginger is using the phone booth, Sharon Stone
was at such an anxiety state, portraying her character, that Martin Scorsese
was sitting on the floor outside the shot, holding her hand. See more
The sound of shoes walking on floor is heard in the bedroom when Ginger returns to Ace after he throws her out of the house. The bedroom is carpeted, so Ginger's shoes shouldn't have made any sound. 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 Nas: Video Anthology Vol. 1
Written by Irving Gordon
Performed by Dinah Washington
Courtesy of Verve Records
by Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
Published by Bourne Co. See more