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?
The scenes outside the fictional Tangiers was filmed in front of the Landmark Hotel across from the Las Vegas Hilton, the Landmark was imploded shortly after filming. See more
In the first newscast scene, before Ace's license hearing (which takes place around 1980), the Mirage hotel and casino can be seen in the background shot of Las Vegas. The Mirage was not completed until 1989. 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
Referenced in Neighbors
Ain't Got No Home
Written and Performed by Clarence 'Frogman' Henry
(as Clarence Henry)
Courtesy of MCA Records
Published by ARC Music Corporation See more