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>
They had it all, they ran the show, and it was paradise...while it lasted.
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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 shoots the lady in the kitchen his arm is placed directly in the gun's aim and is not hit by an exiting slug. However, since the bullets were .22 caliber, and quite likely shorts, they likely never exited the skull. 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
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Referenced in Ocean's Eleven
The House of the Rising Sun
Arranged by Alan Price
Performed by The Animals
by Arrangement with ABKCO Records and EMI Records Ltd.
Published by EMI Al Gallico Music Corp. See more