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?
As they were shooting scenes in Las Vegas set in the 1970s, the husband of an elderly woman extra was given a period correct leisure suit to wear by the Wardrobe Department. However, instead of providing the woman with period clothes, they told her, much to her chagrin, that her out-of-date attire was just fine. See more
When Ginger is smashing her car in to the back of Sam's car, she drives up the path towards the house and parks the car diagonally across the path. When we see the car next it is perfectly parked on the path. 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
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Written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performed by Jascha Heifetz
Courtesy of RCA Victor Red Seal, a Division of BMG Classics See more