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The Vegas Strip War (1984)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 25 November 1984
Neil Chaine, a charming Las Vegas hotel/casino owner, tries to turn his decaying building into the Strip's top attraction to avenge his outing by his former partners who run a more fancy ... See full summary »


George Englund


George Englund




Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Neil Chaine
Sharon Stone ... Sarah Shipman
Madison Mason ... Gray Ryan
Robert Costanzo ... Stan Markham
Dennis Holahan Dennis Holahan ... Jimmy Weldstrom
Robin Gammell ... Marvin Berman
Tony Russel ... Morgan Steinman
Pat Morita ... Yip Tak (as Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita)
James Earl Jones ... Jack Madrid
Bryan Englund Bryan Englund ... Garland
Chadda Battrell Chadda Battrell ... Jacqueline Nelgen
Richard Wagner Richard Wagner ... Josh Mallory
George Englund Jr. George Englund Jr. ... Alcatraz Ranger
Bonnie Graves Bonnie Graves ... Chaine's Secretary
Ray Scarlatta Ray Scarlatta ... Desert Inn Pit Boss


Neil Chaine, a charming Las Vegas hotel/casino owner, tries to turn his decaying building into the Strip's top attraction to avenge his outing by his former partners who run a more fancy hotel/casino just across the street. Written by Anonymous

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This film was an important milestone for Sharon Stone for a number of reasons. First, it was her first major leading role in a feature film. Second she became good friends with star Rock Hudson and as a result of his tragic death, became a lifelong crusader for AIDS research. And last she met her first husband, producer Michael Greenburg, on the set of this film. See more »


Jack Madrid: It's not about black power or white power, it's about green power! Money! M-O-N-E-Y! We're talking about geometric progression: 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64!
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Down, but not out
6 January 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The ravages of his final illness were clearly demonstrable when Rock Hudson stars in The Vegas Strip Wars. Hudson plays a man of Las Vegas whose partners first toast him and then knife him in the back.

But Hudson is a man of brains and talent and someone that people like and trust. Something that his former partner Madison Mason just cannot understand.

After getting knifed by Mason and bought out of The Desert Inn, Hudson fronts another syndicate looking to buy into the Tropicana Club which is near bankrupt. He succeeds in making a go of it, but he's still squeezed very hard. In the end Hudson falls back on the skills that first brought him to Las Vegas.

Years before Martin Scorsese made Casino which I consider to be the ultimate film about Las Vegas, Sharon Stone got to co-star in The Vegas Strip War with Rock Hudson. She's much younger here and not been around the block as much as her character in Casino. Still she scores well in a part that has here in a May/September romance with Hudson.

Stealing every scene that he's in is James Earl Jones doing a riotous takeoff of Don King. Part of Hudson's plan is to land a heavyweight championship bout for his gambling palace. Jones is funny, but he's also very shrewd.

Even the sight of a gaunt and clearly ill Hudson won't prevent you from enjoying The Vegas Strip Wars.

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Release Date:

25 November 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Vegas Casino War See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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