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Sex and Lies in Sin City -- Decide the truth for yourself in this thrilling true story of the biggest scandal in Las Vegas.	Ted Binion (Matthew Modine, TV's "Weeds") is Vegas royalty, the prince of the world famous Horseshoe Casino - rich, rowdy and randy. When he falls for Sandy Murphy (Mena Suvari, Beauty Shop) at a local strip club, he becomes trapped in a web of drugs, deception and ultimately his death. His apparent ...


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Mena Suvari ... Sandy Murphy

Marcia Gay Harden ... Becky Binion

Johnathon Schaech ... Rick Tabish

Matthew Modine ... Ted Binion
Peter Haskell ... Ian Miller

Arron Shiver ... Evan James

Mark Sivertsen ... Jay Green
Chad Brummett ... Bruce
Gary Moody ... Lou Sacco

Kathryn Zenna ... Brenda Rupp (as Kate Zenna)
Dan Gerrity ... Tony Serra

Brandon Smith ... Kyle Dominy

Harry Zimmerman ... Greg Bernat

Justin Tade ... David Daguerre

William Sterchi ... Hal Fordyce

Chris Ashworth ... Frank Lipjanic
Galen Hutchison ... Benny (as Galen Hutchinson)
Gregg Merrill ... Fat Herbie
Roy Costley ... Dr. Baden
Bruce Squire ... Coroner
Cynthia Ruffin ... Corrections Officer
Juanita Trad ... Rosa Rojas

Michelle Greathouse ... Rhonda Samuels

Kevin Wiggins ... Lt. Alston

J.D. Garfield ... Sgt. Norris

Joe Berryman ... Judge Bonaventure
Lonny Shore ... Bailiff

David House ... Officer Jackson
Jacob O'Brien Mulliken ... Officer Garrity (as Jacob Mulliken)
Colin Jones ... Police Officer

Jon Kristian Moore ... Paramedic Finch

Mike Miller ... Ken Drummond

Robyn Reede ... Jury Foreman #1
Todd Nickols ... Jury Foreman #2

Genia Michaela ... Reporter #1

Frank Bond ... Reporter #2
George Randy Webb ... Dealer
Scott Ballou ... Croupier

Kieran Sequoia ... Nurse

Lorri Oliver ... Binion's Friend (as Lorri Layle Oliver)

Christopher Dempsey ... Waiter
David McQuade ... Worker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mark Brooks ... Fritz (uncredited)
Erin Carr ... Courtroom Gallery (uncredited)
Leandro Di Salvo ... Courtroom Observer (uncredited)
Joe Manuel Gallegos Jr. ... Bartender (uncredited)
Cliff Gravel ... Juror (uncredited)

Alexandria Morrow ... Girlfriend (uncredited)
Peggy Ann O'Neal ... High Roller (uncredited)

Chris Ranney ... Nick (uncredited)
Barry R. White ... News cameraman (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Medak 
Writing credits
Teena Booth (written by)

Produced by
Frank Konigsberg .... executive producer
Sandra Nebel .... associate producer
David A. Rosemont .... producer
Original Music by
Ed Shearmur 
Cinematography by
Anthony B. Richmond 
Film Editing by
Richard Nord 
Casting by
Gary M. Zuckerbrod 
Production Design by
Stephen Marsh 
Art Direction by
Guy Barnes 
Set Decoration by
Wendy Ozols-Barnes 
Costume Design by
Michael T. Boyd 
Makeup Department
Gretchen Bright .... makeup department head
Berlinda Cantu-Lewis .... key hair stylist
Elizabeth Gallegos .... hair stylist
Jennifer Jane .... hair stylist
Vanessa Jaramillo .... key makeup artist
Mary Hedges Lampert .... department head hair (as Mary Lampert)
Liz Lash .... makeup artist
Production Management
David Manzanares .... unit manager
Larry Rapaport .... unit production manager
Cynthia Stegner .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dennis Crow .... first assistant director
Trish 'The Dish' Stanard .... key second assistant director
Marcia Woske .... second second assistant director
Art Department
RA Arancio-Parrain .... leadman
David D. Baumann .... property master
Kurt Blondis .... propmaker
Jill Dupont .... set dresser
Linda R. Gore .... set dresser
Ronald O. Jaynes .... construction coordinator
Rhonda Paynter .... on-set dresser
Rosario Provenza .... set designer
Lawrence Tolle .... assistant property master
Cisco Whitson-Brown .... propmaker
Dan Fitzgerald .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Brett Becker .... utility sound
David Brownlow .... production sound mixer
David B. Cohn .... supervising sound editor
Jonathan Golodner .... sound editor
Derek Marcil .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Nanaumi .... assistant sound editor
Nello Torri .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeniel Braun .... additional foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Margaret Johnson .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Rick Kerrigan .... visual effects supervisor
Cliff Welsh .... digital compositor
Mark Brooks .... stunt coordinator
Robert Cain .... pursuit car driver
Edward A. Duran .... stunts
Richard Slaughter .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Liza Bambenek .... second assistant camera
Bradley Barnes .... lighting technician
Bob Campi .... digital imaging technician
Dante Cardone .... additional gaffer
Beau Chaput .... Steadicam operator
Beau Chaput .... camera operator: "b" camera
Kenneth Coblentz .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Jacob Cottrell .... rigging gaffer
Scott M. Evans .... Video Engineer
James S. Green .... camera production assistant
Dale Holmen .... best boy electric
Aubrey Husar .... key grip
Bret Latter .... additional second assistant camera
Victor Macias .... Steadicam operator
Victor Macias .... additional camera
Michael Manzanares .... key rigging grip
Matthew Massie .... electrician
Ryan Mhor .... second assistant camera
Kevin M. Miller .... best boy grip (as Kevin Miller)
Christopher Norris .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Gaston Richmond .... second assistant camera: "a" Camera
David Sammons .... camera operator: "a" camera
Robert D. Starling .... camera operator: second unit
Mark Strasburg .... first assistant camera
James R. Tynes .... chief lighting technician (as Jim Tynes)
Casting Department
Kiira Arai .... casting associate
Phalia Blassingame .... casting: New Mexico
Melanie Hocking .... extras casting assistant
Shari Rhodes .... casting: New Mexico
Becky Silverman .... casting associate
Katrina Wandel .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy Ceo .... costume supervisor (as Nancea Ceo)
Erica Ciaglia .... seamstress
Janine Palmieri Fletcher .... wardrobe assistant
Jesse Trevino .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Ted Brady .... final colorist
Sharon Wong .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Bryan Carrigan .... music editor
Chris Fogel .... music scoring mixer
Joe Paganelli .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
Gary Armstrong .... driver
Kenny Heath .... driver: camera truck
Michael B. Russell .... transportation captain (as Michael Russell)
William Wray .... driver
Other crew
Lynn Ambrosino .... additional production assistant
Barbara Biddle .... broadcast producer
Jason Bonnell .... location manager
Robert Anthony Brass .... production assistant
Alyssa Cashman .... assistant to director
Stephanie Marie Delgado .... stand-in: Mena Suvari (as Steph Delgado)
Windy Earls .... assistant production coordinator
Susan Foley .... production assistant
Jim Giesler .... key craft services
Amy Hawkins .... payroll accountant
Richard Heller .... office production assistant
Ned Lathrop .... production assistant
Carol Marie .... production accountant
Cainer Mersereau .... location manager
Deborah Mitchell .... production assistant
Alexandria Morrow .... stand-in
Michael Mulcahy .... assistant: cast
Dennis Muscari .... location scout
Jan Rudolph .... script supervisor
Sara Scarritt .... production coordinator
William Sauter .... set pa (uncredited)

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USA:95 min
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Australia:M | Finland:K-12/9 (2012 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-15/13 (DVD rating) | Germany:12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18
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40 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
The Ted Binion Case, 26 October 2008
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Mena Suvari plays Sandy Murphy, a former stripper mixed up in "Sex and Lies in Sin City," a 2008 TV movie also starring Matthew Modine as Ted Binion and Johnathon Schaech as Rick Tabish, Marcia Gay Harden as Binion's sister Becky and Peter Haskell as Ian Miller.

The film is based on the true story of the death of Vegas casino owner Ted Binion and the subsequent arrest of his girlfriend Sandy and her boyfriend, Rick Tabish. The producers wanted to stick closely to the facts of the case, and they probably did. However, they left out one of the most interesting parts of the case. When Sandy was brought in for trial, she was sitting across, not next to, Rick Tabish, and she gave him a devastating smile that left no doubt as to their relationship. It was picked up by the cameras in the courtroom - it's a shame that moment was left out of this movie.

Ted Binion was a drug addict who smoked heroin and took Xanax, among other things, but he was filthy rich. He meets Murphy in a strip club, and the two become involved. At one point, he has Tabish, a contractor, dig a concrete vault in the desert, where he hid silver bullion amounting to something like $7 million. Eventually Sandy and Tabish become lovers. Tabish was caught raiding the vault after Binion died, and his rare silver coins disappeared from his safe.

The question is, did Binion die of an overdose or was he helped along by Sandy and Tabish? If you're not familiar with the case, I won't give it away. From the beginning of the film, it's played somewhat ambiguously so that the viewer isn't sure.

The acting is strong, particularly from Modine and Hardin. Hardin is very Mercedes McCambridge in this playing a tough-talking, strong woman who is sure Murphy is guilty. Modine as the drug-addicted, paranoid and sometimes violent Binion does an excellent job. Suvari bears a resemblance to the real-life Murphy, though she's younger and fresher. She's good, but not great. The handsome Johnathon Schaech gives her steady support. In real life, with the exception of Murphy, none of the characters were as good-looking as the people who portray them.

Ian Miller, an wealthy old man who takes an interest in helping Sandy, is played by Peter Haskell. He has always been a favorite actor of mine. He looked very old in this movie, but it's always great to see him.

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