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>
You don't stay at the top forever
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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?
Given that L.Q. Jones
was a veteran of many western movies, Martin Scorsese
and Robert De Niro
were said to be in awe of him when he first appeared on the set. Jones said in an interview, that the first scene he filmed was the courtroom scene where Rothstein is denied his gaming license. See more
Shortly after Sam and Billy witness Ginger stealing chips from the Craps table over CCTV, a wide shot from behind the dealer shows a security guard walking behind her. In the next shot the security guard is replaced by an older man and his wife in almost the exact same spot. 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
Original release and VHS showed a mirror with lines of cocaine in the hotel drawer of the Senator / Congressman along with the money chips. In the later DVD release the cocaine is no longer there. See more
Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)
Written by Otis Redding
& Steve Cropper
Performed by Otis Redding
Courtesy of Atco Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Published by Irving Music, Inc. See more