7.6/10
96,129
291 user 125 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Reviews
Popularity
2,029 ( 297)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Won 1 Oscar. Another 30 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Kim Adams ...
...
Stuart Regen ...
...
...
Albert Henderson ...
Man at Strip Bar (as Al Henderson)
Shashi Bhatia ...
...
Anne Lange ...
...
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

alcoholic | prostitute | sex | bar | love | See All (103) »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

9 February 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adiós a Las Vegas  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,600,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$31,968,347 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Digital)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In one scene, Ben screams "Snake eyes" while throwing dices. Years later, Nicolas Cage would star in a film called Snake Eyes (1998). See more »

Goofs

Camera and several crew members reflected in the glass door when Sera leaves the casino, after spitting on the security guy. See more »

Quotes

Sera: So, Ben with an "N"... what brings you to Las Vegas? Business convention?
Ben Sanderson: I came here to drink myself to death.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in The 68th Annual Academy Awards (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

My One and Only Love
Lyrics by Robert Mellin
Composed by Guy Wood
Performed by Sting
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Amazing, and gritty performances
3 May 2003 | by (Mesa, Arizona) – See all my reviews

It's not a movie I could bear to watch very often, because it's sad to see people destroy themselves. But Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue are riveting to watch here. As a person who has a past involvement in alcohol and substance abuse, I found Cage's performance especially compelling, and after watching him in this one, I am sure glad that lifestyle is behind me!

The chemistry between these two is really great, two people that need each other in different ways, trying to cope with how screwed up their lives have become. Very real performances, if you're faint-of-heart be ready for some strong words, and not just obscenities. Wow! They really lay it on the line. Great performances by two of my favorites.


90 of 106 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Sera IloveMuggy
i LOVE this film but HATED the soundtrack midnight_cinephile
After the rape scene... lisacamillek
Yuri yelling at Sera: Translation? Fist_Rothbone
Why did they choose Elizabeth Shue for this part? Winter23
Top 10 Movies of Your Loneliness Moments ColdenScence
Discuss Leaving Las Vegas (1995) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page