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>
You don't stay 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?
The scene where the computer is discovered by Sam and the security staff is based on the Keith Taft invention named "David". Taft's own son was back roomed and stripped down by a casino's floor. See more
In voiceover, Ace says that to go anywhere, Nicky had to change cars 6 times in underground parking garages. But in the accompanying visual montage, all of the garages we see are aboveground (evidenced by the bright sunlight on the sides). 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
Original release and VHS showed a mirror with lines of cocaine in the hotel drawer of the Senator / Congressman along with the money chips. In the later DVD release the cocaine is no longer there. See more
Referenced in Old Dogs
Written by Sammy Cahn
and Jimmy Van Heusen
Performed by Sammy Davis Jr.
Published by Maraville Music Corp. See more