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?
In scenes with TV reporters present, there is often a reporter or two holding a microphone with a "13" logo on it on one side and "Inside Las Vegas" on the other. This was an actual logo used by Las Vegas television station KTNV-TV, but not until the 1990s. 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
Spoofed in Vegas Vacation
Can't You Hear Me Knocking
Written by Mick Jagger
& Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
Courtesy of Promotone B.V.
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