Saint John of Las Vegas (2009)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  10 June 2009 (USA)
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An ex-gambler is lured back into the game by a veteran insurance-fraud investigator.



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An ex-gambler is lured back into the game by a veteran insurance-fraud investigator.

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Getting lucky is a roll of the dice.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some nudity | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

10 June 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

São João de Las Vegas  »

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Box Office


$3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,666 (USA) (29 January 2010)


$100,669 (USA) (26 February 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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At approximately 30:10 when John (Buscemi)is speaking to the gas station cashier, the envelope with the $1000 in it disappears and reappears. See more »

Crazy Credits

After the end credits, the cast members appear individually taking a bow. See more »


Written by William Daron Pulliam and John Tanner
Performed by Darondo
Courtesy of Luv N' Haight / Ubiquity Records
By Arrangement with Sugaroo
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Quirky movie lacks compelling storyline
30 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

Steve Buscemi holds this one together, the other main characters are impossible to identify with - either because they don't say much or they are mysterious and mean. There are a lot of bizarre situations that are thrown in which don't really further the storyline but show off a type of artistic creativeness. They definitely had a lot of good ideas here, and perhaps the movie would have been more interesting if they simply abandoned the tired story line and went from one hypnotic scenario to the next (Like Fear and Loathing). But the main story (the story about the insurance fraud) progresses in the background without momentum and when it is finally resolved it feels anticlimactic. But there is another story here, perhaps more important - the one concerning Steve Buscemis past. This could have been developed into a compelling and meaningful drama but it is only used to further the comedy (and to tack on the Confucious ending) There are a few laughs along the way here and a good deal of cute/quirky ideas. Could have been improved with a bit of storyline editing beforehand.

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