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Director:
Writers:
John O'Brien (novel)
Mike Figgis (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 February 1996 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 31 wins & 19 nominations See more »
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Leaving My Senses perhaps . . . but there's more here than meets the eye. See more (274 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Mike Figgis 
 
Writing credits
John O'Brien (novel)

Mike Figgis (screenplay)

Produced by
Lila Cazès .... producer
Marc S. Fischer .... line producer
Stuart Regen .... executive producer
Paige Simpson .... executive producer
Annie Stewart .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mike Figgis 
 
Cinematography by
Declan Quinn (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Smith 
 
Casting by
Carrie Frazier 
 
Production Design by
Waldemar Kalinowski 
 
Art Direction by
Barry Kingston  (as Barry M. Kingston)
 
Set Decoration by
Florence Fellman 
 
Costume Design by
Laura Goldsmith 
 
Makeup Department
Kathryn Bihr .... key makeup artist (as Katy Bihr)
Beatrice De Alba .... key hair stylist (as Beatrice DeAlba)
Linda Hardy .... hair stylist
Linda Hardy .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Marc S. Fischer .... unit production manager
Robin Le Chanu .... production supervisor (as Robin L. Green)
Michael Saxton .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Simone Farber .... second assistant director
Gary Marcus .... first assistant director
Joel Chernoff .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Amy H. Abrams .... on-set dresser
Russell R. Anderson .... lead man (as Russ Anderson)
Michael R. Blaich .... lead scenic artist (as Michael Blaich)
Florencio Gelabert .... artwork
Bob Hawk .... carpenter
Jason Hedley .... swing gang (as Jason John Hadley)
Ghislain Mandon .... swing gang
Anmari Ollsson .... paintings in Sera's apartment
Charles Page .... construction foreman
Steve Pfauter .... swing gang (as Stephen Pfauter)
Charles Phillips .... construction coordinator (as Chuck Phillips)
Seth Phillips .... construction grip
Rodrido Pimentel .... artwork
Gustavo Ramos Rivera .... artwork
James Scott .... paintings: L.A. bank
Zeev Tankus .... property master
Rebecca Young .... art department coordinator
Anne Mari Ziecker .... assistant property master
John Sparano .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Andie Derrick .... foley artist
Henry Dobson .... dubbing mixer
James Feltham .... assistant sound editor
Nigel Heath .... supervising sound editor
Rod Howick .... foley editor
Mathew Knights .... dialogue editor
Danny Sheehan .... assistant dubbing mixer
Julian Slater .... sound effects editor
Jason Swanscott .... foley artist
Pawel Wdowczak .... sound mixer
Paul Coogan .... boom operator (uncredited)
Clifford 'Kip' Gynn .... sound mixer: video (uncredited)
John Hays .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jules Findley .... special effects compositor
William D. Harrison .... special effects supervisor: Special Effects Unlimited, Inc. (as William Harrison)
Al Marangoni .... special effects: Special Effects Unlimited, Inc. (as Albert Marangoni)
Matthew Pope .... special effects: Special Effects Unlimited, Inc.
 
Visual Effects by
Aviv Yaron .... data operator: Cinesite (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunts (as Bruce Barbour)
Dick Hancock .... stunts
Jeff Smolek .... stunts
Diane Towery .... stunts
Russell Towery .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Birk .... best boy electric (as Paul R. Birk)
Bonnie Blake .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Richard Boyle .... best boy grip (as Rick Boyle)
James Davis .... electrician
Christian E. Dirkes .... dolly grip
Bernadette 'B.C.' Echohawk .... camera loader (as Bernadette Echo Hawk)
Flint Ellsworth .... electrician
Suzanne Hanover .... still photographer
Todd Heater .... electrician
Steve Irwin .... video playback operator
Toby Irwin .... gaffer
Sean McKelvey .... electrician (as Sean Mark McKelvey)
John Joseph Minardi .... grip
Marie Pedersen .... camera operator (as Marie Pederson)
Stephen Pizzo .... first assistant camera
Kevin Smyth .... key grip
T.J. Tollefson .... grip
Larry Markart .... video playback operator (uncredited)
Dylan Rush .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Stacey Rosen .... casting associate
Chris Gray .... extras casting (uncredited)
Terrence Harris .... casting associate (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vickie Brinkford .... set costumer (as Vickie Brinkkord)
Jean Davis .... assistant costumer
Leesa Evans .... costume supervisor
Vivienne Westwood .... wardrobe: Ms. Shue
 
Editorial Department
Colin Coull .... color timer
Jinx Godfrey .... assembly editor
Paul Knight .... assistant editor
Dana Padgett .... post-production coordinator
Annette Williams .... assistant editor
Vaughn Mullady .... negative cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Tony Coe .... musician: tenor saxophone and clarinet
Ed Deane .... musician: electric guitar
Gemma Dempsey .... music supervisor
Mike Figgis .... musician: trumpet and keyboards
Isobel Griffiths .... musician's contractor
Dave Hartley .... musician: piano
Austin Ince .... original score engineer
Christopher Laurence .... musician: double bass (as Chris Laurence)
Maggie Nicols .... featured musician: vocalist
Sting .... featured vocalist
Ian Thomas .... musician: drums
Ray Warleigh .... musician: alto saxophone
Anthony Marinelli .... musician (uncredited)
Anthony Marinelli .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Jennifer A. Blum .... driver (as Jennifer Blum)
Steve Earle .... driver
Don Feeney .... driver
Scotty Goudreau .... driver (as Scott Goudreau)
Brian Kahn .... driver: insert car
Kathy L. MacMillan .... driver
Seth Phillips .... driver: construction department
Derek Raser .... transportation coordinator
Todd Rowland .... driver: Mr. Cage
J.T. Thayer .... transportation captain
Earl Thielen .... driver
Tracy Thielen .... driver
Mark Willis .... driver
Paul Burlin .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Kevin Beard .... set production assistant (as T. Kevin Beard)
Valerie Burnley .... craft service: Laughlin/Las Vegas
James Capp .... assistant production coordinator (as James A. Capp)
Richard Davenport .... documentary team: "The Making of"
Peter Evangelatos .... craft service
Eddie Fickett .... set production assistant (as Eddie Ficket)
David Haldiman .... location manager
George T. Hayum .... legal services: Armstrong Hirsch Jackoway Tyerman & Werthheimer
Janee Hull .... script supervisor (as Janee Hull-Page)
Marco Kyris .... stand-in: Mr. Cage
Martee La Comette .... stand-in: Ms. Shue
Jeff Levine .... assistant: Mr. Cage
Mark Anthony Little .... set production assistant
Harvey Malkin .... production accountant (as Harve K. Malkin)
Carl Mastromarino .... assistant production accountant
Adam Moos .... completion bond: Film Finances
Mark Morgan .... clearance
Leonard Morpurgo .... unit publicist
Ty Pennington .... set production assistant
Shannon E. Reilly .... office production assistant
L.M. Soble .... assistant: Mr. Cage
Geoff Teagardin .... set production assistant (as Geoffrey Teagardin)
Romany Turner .... documentary team: "The Making of"
Romany Turner .... set production assistant
Craig W. van Gundy .... assistant location manager
Jill Naumann .... location scout (uncredited)
Silenn Thomas .... intern (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Claudia Buchanan .... special thanks
Brigid Buckman .... special thanks
Miles A. Copeland III .... special thanks (as Miles Copeland)
Elaine Davis .... special thanks
Tony Dingman .... special thanks
Arlen Figgis .... special thanks
Lois Kay .... special thanks
Anthony Marinelli .... special thanks
Simon Osborne .... special thanks
Randolph Pitts .... special thanks
Holly Simpson .... special thanks
Cecilia Skjorten .... special thanks
Sting .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexuality and language, violence and pervasive alcohol abuse
Runtime:
111 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Author John O'Brien, on whose novel this movie is based, committed suicide two weeks after the movie went into production. Director Mike Figgis contemplated abandoning the project, but decided the film would make a good memorial for O'Brien.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Out at the pool at the desert motel, when Sera picks up the bottle and walks over to sit on Ben, the alcohol in the bottle goes from about half full as Sera is sitting, to three quarters full as she sits and drinks. Also, the label on the bottle is facing away as she starts to sit, yet is facing the viewer as she completes her sit. As she sits with her hands apart, arms spread wide, holding the bottle in one hand, it would be quite difficult for her to spin the bottle 180 degrees in the second or two it takes her so sit.See more »
Quotes:
Ben Sanderson:I'll tell you, right now... I'm in love with you. But, be that as it may, i am not here to force my twisted soul into your life.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Secretary (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
Angel EyesSee more »

FAQ

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95 out of 129 people found the following review useful.
Leaving My Senses perhaps . . . but there's more here than meets the eye., 7 June 2005
Author: Bill Stoll (bill@billstoll.com) from Tampa FL

I've seen this film 5 or 6 times. It occurred to me on the last viewing that it could be the ultimate Touched by an Angel – Ben's time in Las Vegas, that is. I believe author John O'Brien thought he was living through a hallucination in the final throes of his diseased life.

The possibility rises out of several conspicuous dynamics in the film.

First, that Ben's life was invested developing Hollywood drama prior to being dismissed by his boss, who will clearly miss his talent and personality in the office, a talent singularly broken by the ravages of alcoholism. He is good at inventing and developing "story". If his occupation had been Investment Banking or Teaching, I'd feel differently. But John O'Brien bore him with a Hollywood mind. That lit the flame for me.

That Ben repeatedly calls Sera his angel during his demise - as he enjoys the best of - and endures the worst of - Las Vegas living. It is possible that all of it is a hallucination during the final pathetic act of his life. The invention of Sera makes his passing bearable, doable, a possible goal for him.

That Sera endures the college team horrors, discuses her relationship with the off-camera therapist to whom she confesses her soul-deep love for Ben ... even the problems with her pimp and landlord constitute deep back story in the mind of a man with a talent for such invention, desperate to flesh out the reasons why this angel will escort him to the next world. In my last analysis, she is an angel divined in his fertile mind to embody all of the good people and events in his life (the wealth flashback memories, e.g.). Sera has come to take him out while steeling the love in his heart. She sees him for what he is, because that's what responsible angels do.

This is a work with metaphor far beyond the veneer of the surface dialog. It's a film demanding to be viewed more than once. Or perhaps, I'm just going nuts, have lost it and I'm hallucinating in my own right.

Either way, enjoy. 10 out of 10.

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