This Martin Scorsese film depicts the Janus-like quality of Las Vegas--it has a glittering, glamorous face, as well as a brutal, cruel one. Ace Rothstein and Nicky Santoro, mobsters who move to Las Vegas to make their mark, live and work in this paradoxical world. Seen through their eyes, each as a foil to the other, the details of mob involvement in the casinos of the 1970's and '80's are revealed. Ace is the smooth operator of the Tangiers casino, while Nicky is his boyhood friend and tough strongman, robbing and shaking down the locals. However, they each have a tragic flaw--Ace falls in love with a hustler, Ginger, and Nicky falls into an ever-deepening spiral of drugs and violence.
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Luck has nothing to do with the games they play.
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Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive strong language, drug use and some sexuality
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Did You Know?
When Nicky goes into Anna Scott's kitchen to murder her, he puts the left side of her head into a headlock and fires the gun into the right side several times. Unless all the bullets lodged in her head, which is highly unlikely at such close range, they should have exited her left-side head and penetrated his left arm or the window curtains on his left, but there is no sign of bullets exiting. See more
When you love someone, you've gotta trust them. There's no other way. You've got to give them the key to everything that's yours. Otherwise, what's the point? And for a while, I believed, that's the kind of love I had.
[Ace's car explodes
SPOILER: Nicky is about to finish his narration, he's cut short by the mobsters wanting to whack him. See more
The version shown in Swedish cinemas in 1996 removed 43 meters of footage (the vice torture and baseball beatings). See more
(Prelude from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Composed by Richard Strauss
Performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of RCA Victor Red Seal, a Division of BMG Classics See more