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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 »
Genre:
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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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 34 wins & 21 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Powerful Film About Loneliness And Acceptance See more (273 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
Kevin Coyle .... set dresser (uncredited)
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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Trivia:
Naomi Campbell had appearances in the film that were edited out before its release.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The toilet paper is folded when Sera first sits down to urinate. The next shot of her sitting on the toilet shows that the toilet paper isn't folded any more.See more »
Quotes:
Ben Sanderson:Don't you think you'd get a little bored, living with a drunk?
Sera:Well... that's what I want.
Ben Sanderson:You haven't seen the worst of it. I knock things over... throw up all the time. These past few days I've been very controlled. You're like some sort of antidote that mixes with the liquor and keeps me in balance. But, that won't last forever.
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127 out of 149 people found the following review useful.
Powerful Film About Loneliness And Acceptance, 15 May 2005
Author: Jamie Marolla (flipgirl38@hotmail.com) from Seattle, WA

Remarkable. Touching. Riveting. Leaving Las Vegas is all of these and then some. I have not seen a film of this magnitude about loneliness and acceptance in such a while that I was in tears for much of the run time.

Nicholas Cage is Ben, a man who has lost his wife and child, throws his job away, and takes all of his remaining money to buy as much liquor as possible and "drink himself to death" in the city of Las Vegas. He has given up all hope, with no wish to live, but for one reason or another, wants a companion to share in his misery, but not try to save him. He finds this companion in a hooker, Sera, played by Elizabeth Shue. They immediately form a strong relationship based on one night of talking about their lives. Sera in particular quickly grows attached to Ben, for no other reason than she has been alone her whole life and wants nothing more than to feel that want and need by someone.

Cage won his first Oscar for his role as Ben, and how deserved it was. He was astounding, perfection, down to every single tick, the volume of his voice, the pain and tragedy buried in his eyes. I could not believe the extent of his role, the dedication and time he invested in bringing this character to life. Same goes for Elizabeth Shue, who with a simple glance at a person, she reveals her entire self, and no one even dares to notice except for Ben. This neediness is apparent, she wants to hold onto this relationship so badly, yet what makes their relationship work is total and complete acceptance of their respective decisions. He will not tell her to stop being a hooker, and she in return can never ask him to stop drinking. And it is in that factor that makes this film worth watching. To be totally accepted by those around them, to open themselves up to such an extreme.

Leaving Las Vegas is a sobering film about connections, loneliness, acceptance, and a small little island of hope that is Ben and Sera. They are two good people, depicted in a world full of sorrows and misdeeds, who latch onto each other and never let go. They were nothing but ghosts, till that chance encounter, and became each others worlds. Cage and Shue bring these good people to life in such an extraordinary way, making Leaving Las Vegas a film to be treasured and remembered for years to come. I highly recommend this film.

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