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?
Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal hated the scene of Sam "Ace" Rothstein (Robert De Niro) juggling on his television show. Rosenthal maintained that he never juggled on his show, and felt that the scene made him look foolish. See more
Obvious dummy in the car immediately before the explosion. 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 Watching the Detectives
Written by Ronnie Self
and Dub Allbritten
(as Dub Albritten)
Performed by Brenda Lee
Courtesy of MCA Records
Published by Champion Music Corporation See more