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>
Luck has nothing to do with the games they play.
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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?
The costume budget for the film was one million dollars. Robert De Niro
had seventy different costumes throughout the film, Sharon Stone
had forty. Both were allowed to keep their costumes afterwards. See more
When Ginger and the smarmy gambler finish playing the craps table,
there are 3 very quick shots of him handing her chips. In the he first 2 shots, he is holding 2 chips, but in the third shot, he has 4 chips in his hand. 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
"This is a fictional story with fictional characters adapted from a true story." See more
How High The Moon
Written by Nancy Hamilton
& Morgan Lewis
Performed by Les Paul
& Mary Ford
Courtesy of Capitol Records
under License from CEMA Special Markets
Published by Chappell & Co. See more