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>
Luck has nothing to do with the games they play.
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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?
Because he did not know how the powers-that-be in the West operated, Martin Scorsese
asked L.Q. Jones
to completely re-write the scene where Commissioner Pat Webb (L.Q. Jones) meets Sam "Ace" Rothstein (Robert De Niro) to ask him to rehire Don Ward (John Bloom). Jones in an interview said he was pleasantly surprised by this request, as he had worked with many directors who never wanted anyone to mess with the script. See more
When Ace is confronting Ginger and Lester in the diner, he stack of money that Ace puts on the table changes between shots. 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
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I'll Walk Alone
Written by Jule Styne
& Sammy Cahn
Performed by Don Cornell
Courtesy of MCA Records
Published by WB Music Corp. o/b/o/ Cahn Music Co. See more