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?
directed this movie in such a way that just about every scene Pasquale Cajano
(Remo) is in, a bright spotlight shines down upon him, but no other cast members in the scene. This is clearly evident during the final scene between the mob bosses. See more
In the scene when Nicky and Frank collect from the bookie Frank points and says "smarten up," but his lips don't move. 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
There are two network television versions: the original 3-hour theatrical cut minus objectionable footage, and a re-edited 140 minute version put together under sole supervision of original director Martin Scorsese. See more
Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)
Written by Leslie Bricusse
& Anthony Newley
Performed by Tony Bennett
Courtesy of Columbia Records
by Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Published by TRO-Essex Music, Inc. See more