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>
No one stays at the top forever.
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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?
once said that the most difficult aspect of filming was depicting the relationships of the main characters. See more
When Nicky is seen burglarizing a home he is using a Maglite rechargeable flashlight. The rechargeable version of this flashlight wasn't on the market until 1982. It is before 1980 in this scene. 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 iZombie: Love & Basketball
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Written by Gene McDaniels
(as Eugene McDaniels)
Performed by Les McCann
& Eddie Harris
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Published by Lonport Music Corp. See more