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Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

Ben Sanderson, a Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his alcoholism, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Adams ...
Stuart Regen ...
Man at Bar
Albert Henderson ...
Man at Strip Bar (as Al Henderson)
Shashi Bhatia ...
Hispanic Prostitute
Bank Teller
Anne Lange ...
Business Colleague


Because his wife left him and took his son with her, screenwriter Ben Sanderson has started drinking, a lot. He's getting more and more isolated and he troubles women in bars because he wants to have sex with them. When he gets fired, he decides to leave everything behind and move to Las Vegas and drink himself to death. In Las Vegas he meets Sera, a prostitute with some problems as well who he moves in with. Written by Marco van Hoof <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and language, violence and pervasive alcohol abuse | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 February 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adiós a Las Vegas  »


Box Office


$3,600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Bob Rafelson plays the man at the escalator at the mall. See more »


Yuri is supposed to be swearing in Latvian on the phone. In fact, he speaks gibberish. See more »


Sera: I think the tough times are finally behind me. There'll always be bad things, but... my life is good. It is as I want it to be. It's good. It's good being here with you.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits do not appear until fifteen minutes into the film. See more »


Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.80 (2014) See more »


Ben And Sera Theme
Written by Anthony Marinelli & Mike Figgis
Performed by Anthony Marinelli & Mike Figgis
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beautiful cinematography
1 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

I remember seeing this film when it came out, not really knowing what to expect. the only thing i knew about the film was that Nicolas Cage was in it. i saw it with my girlfriend and i remember that throughout the movie nobody made a sound, no annoying popcorn munchers, no one getting up to go to the toilet, just complete silence. And after the film was finished and the credits were rolling across the screen people still sat quiet in their seats. The film is beautifully played and directed. The sober jazz music from sting fits like a glove. To this day my girlfriend want let me see leaving las Vegas again because i get mellow and "preoccupied" for several days.

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