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>
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 Ginger asks Ace for twenty-five thousand dollars while they are having breakfast at home, she shakes a carton of empty Anderson milk. The Anderson dairy is a real Las Vegas milk producer, and even the logo on the carton was appropriate for the late 1970s and early 1980s. See more
When Ginger and the smarmy gambler finish playing the craps table,
there are 3 very quick shots of him handing her chips. In the he first 2 shots, he is holding 2 chips, but in the third shot, he has 4 chips in his hand. 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
"This is a fictional story with fictional characters adapted from a true story." See more
The version shown in Swedish cinemas in 1996 removed 43 meters of footage (the vice torture and baseball beatings). See more
Referenced in American Family Values II
Written by Jimmie Crane & Al Jacobs
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