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>
They had it all, they ran the show, and it was paradise...while it lasted.
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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 Blu-ray commentary, Sharon Stone
relates the story of how she came to be in the film. She says her first two auditions for Martin Scorsese
ended up being cancelled for various mundane reasons-Scorsese was held up by another meeting, that sort of thing-and Stone's paranoia convinced her that he was blowing her off. When the director's people contacted her to try it a third time, she turned them down and went out to dinner with a friend instead. Scorsese tracked her down and showed up at the restaurant where she was dining to make a personal appeal. See more
During car ride where Nicky is discussing possibility of moving to Las Vegas with Sam, scenery outside window flip flops wildly from shots of downtown Vegas to scenes of miles-away Vegas Strip. 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
I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
Performed by Louis Prima
& Keely Smith
Written by Doc Daugherty
(as Doc Dougherty), Al Neiburg
and Ellis Reynolds
Courtesy of MCA Records
Published by Bourne Co. See more