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>
Don't Push Your Luck.
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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?
As this was to be Director of Photography Robert Richardson
's first collaboration with Martin Scorsese
. Scorsese suggested that they watch a series of movies from his private collection. He was hoping to convey to his new Director of Photography the general "look" he was eager to capture for this movie. Both men viewed, and discussed, T-Men
(1947), Raw Deal
(1948) and Slightly Scarlet
(1956), all shot by John Alton
. Scorsese felt that Alton's photographic style in these films epitomized the film noir aura he wanted Richardson to recreate for this movie. See more
Just before Ace's car explodes, his narration says the dynamite was placed under the passenger's seat. Yet when the explosion occurs, it is the engine compartment that blows up first. 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
There are two network television versions: the original 3-hour theatrical cut minus objectionable footage, and a re-edited 140 minute version put together under sole supervision of original director Martin Scorsese. See more
Nights In White Satin
Written by Justin Hayward
Performed by The Moody Blues
Courtesy of Threshold/Polydor/Atlas Records
by Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
Published by TRO-Essex Music, Inc. See more