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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When James Woods
heard that Martin Scorsese
was interested in working with him, Woods called Scorsese's office and left the following message: "Any time, any place, any part, any fee." See more
When Nicky, Frank Marino, Jennifer are in the kitchen after they return home from their flight, Nicky makes Jennifer turn her head upside down to have the diamonds he stole & smuggled through airport security fall out of her hair up-do onto the table. After all they all fall out, her hair "bun" releases and is hanging down in an undone, long ponytail. But immediately after that shot when the camera switches angles, Nicky slaps her on the cheek and her hair is back up in a bun the way it was originally. 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
Finnish VHS release is cut by 1 minute. Notable cuts were:
- Tony Dogs being tortured with the vice
- Baseball bat killings
Referenced in Lightspeed
Hoochie Coochie Man
Written by Willie Dixon
Performed by Muddy Waters
Courtesy of MCA Records
Published by Hoochie Coochie Music
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