Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 12
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Average Rating: 3.6/5
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Mike Figgis' grim drama documents a romantic triangle of sorts involving prostitute Sera (Elisabeth Shue), failed Hollywood screenwriter Ben (Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage), and the constant flow of booze which he loves more dearly than life itself. Arriving in Las Vegas with the intention of drinking himself to death, Ben meets Sera, and they gradually begin falling for one another. From the outset, however, Ben warns Sera that no matter what, she can never ask him to quit drinking, a condition to
Oct 27, 1995 Wide
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Dark and giddy at the same time, Leaving Las Vegas takes us into dreamy, intoxicated places no movie about an alcoholic has gone before.
We're not talking high, morally instructive tragedy here, just a hard lesson in postmodernist outlawry and its sad little anarchies.
The film pulls no punches, takes no prisoners and flies in the face of feel-good pictures.
[VIDEO ESSAY] "Leaving Las Vegas" (1995) is a remarkably potent romantic drama that permanently altered the careers of many of the people involved in its creation.
Figgis puts a desperate drunk front and center and demands we deal with him and the Jungian shadow he casts. [Blu-ray]
Figgis' film, one of the few to show the sleazy flip-side of the glossy city of Las Vega, offers an unblinking portrayal of alcoholism.
It's a relief when so dark a film refuses to preach, trusting the viewer to draw his own conclusions about the roots of America's self-destructive funk.
An uncompromising, surprisingly poignant skid-row love story.
Grim yet compelling, downbeat but not really depressing, Mike Figgis' multi-nuanced portrait of an alcoholic, splendidly played by Oscar winner Nicholas Cage, is easily is most accomplished and haunting picture.
What gives the film power is Nicholas Cage.
An obviously safe, bland, overly pretentious reading of an ancient story, complete with the stock "hooker with a heart of gold" character.
Excellent, dark and disturbing romance. The acting is top-notch.
It's still an achievement, though its status is quickly fading. Did Shue really deserve an Oscar nomination for this?
...a brilliantly realized tone poem... a cauterizing movie -- it burns like bourbon splashed on an exposed heart.
Depressing, dull and dreary.
Audience Reviews for Leaving Las Vegas
- Ben Sanderson: Interesting choice of words.
- Ben Sanderson: I'm like a prickly pear... I'm a prickly pear!
- Ben Sanderson: I don't know if my wife left me because of my drinking or I started drinking? Cause my wife left me.
- Ben Sanderson: I'll tell you, right now... I'm in love with you.
- Ben Sanderson: Are you desirable? Are you irresistible?
- Ben Sanderson: We both know that I'm a drunk. And I know you are a hooker.
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