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?
The movie is based on the career of casino boss Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal as portrayed by Robert De Niro
's character Sam "Ace" Rothstein. See more
When Nicky shoots Anna Scott he is cradling her head with one arm and shooting with the other hand. The bullets would go through and enter his forearm. 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
Referenced in Crossing Criminal Cultures
Written by Jimmie Crane & Al Jacobs
Courtesy of EMI Records
under License from CEMA Special Markets
Published by EMI Miller Catalog Inc. See more