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>
Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive strong language, drug use and some sexuality
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Did You Know?
One of Las Vegas' most flamboyant casino operators, Bob Stupak
, was originally cast to have a non-speaking role as a member of the Nevada Gaming Commission. However, when he demanded that he have some lines, he was quickly replaced. See more
When Nicky and Ace meet up in the middle of the desert, the length of Ace's cigarette changes between shots from long to short 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
The version shown in Swedish cinemas in 1996 removed 43 meters of footage (the vice torture and baseball beatings). See more
Referenced in Banzai Motherfucker!
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Performed by Devo
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Inc.
by Arrangement with Warner Special Products and Courtesy of Promotone B.V.
Published by ABKCO Music, Inc. See more