Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
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as Ben Sanderson
as Cynical Cabbie
as Man at Strip Bar
as Concerned Cabbie
as Marc Nussbaum
as Man at Bar
as Man at Strip Bar
as Hispanic Prostitute
as Bank Teller
as Business Colleague
as Mr. Simpson
as Business Man No. 1
as Business Man No. 2
as Weird Woman
as Mobster No. 1
as Mobster No. 2
as Mobster No. 3
as Hotel Manager
as Midwest Man at Pools...
as Pawn Shop Owner
as Hooker at Bar
as Barman No. 2
as Biker Girl
as Biker Guy
as Bartender in Biker B...
as Waitress at Mall
as Man at Mall
as Desk Clerk
as College Boy No. 1
as College Boy No. 3
as Stetson Man at Casin...
as Security Guard
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Critic Reviews for Leaving Las Vegas
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.
The plot goes nowhere, but under the pornographic circumstances Figgis, Cage, and Shue all do fine jobs.
Audience Reviews for Leaving Las Vegas
An awfully bleak and depressing drama that doesn't offer us any door or way in to connect with a deplorable alcoholic who only wants to die and a pitiable prostitute in need of his love - and her interview scenes are just intrusive, unnecessary and heavy-handed like most of the script.
Terrific acting but grim, grim, grim.
Don't get me wrong, this film is thoroughly downbeat, however I feel alcoholism is still somewhat sugar coated. The likelihood of Ben Sanderson (Nicolas Cage) finding a woman as attractive and utterly devoted as Sera (Elizabeth Shue) is slim. It's possible of course, their bond is understandable; they're both people in grave need of care, one being a severe addict and the other being a victim on the fringe of society. Also, the crucial element that makes the relationship and indeed the film work is its platonic aberrance.
Nevertheless, I thought that 'Leaving Las Vegas' is a somewhat idealised account of dire alcoholism. This really struck me in an erotically charged scene in which the pair kiss and caress each other with the help of a large bottle of liquor - it's an image that would exist merely in the dreams of most addicts. However, the engaging central romance certainly beats 2 hours of a more ordinary dive into alcoholism, which would be a film of roughly two sets: a pub and a bedroom stained with urine, excrement, blood and vomit.
A film of this nature depends on a good central performance, and it gets one. Cage is depressingly real and effective as Ben. I am a fan of many of Cage's unhinged roles, however 'Leaving Las Vegas' is one the films that proves that when he moderates his idiosyncratic lunacy, he can produce genuinely good, measured performances.
The film is scored with smooth, melancholic Jazz tracks and the narrative is constructed by a tautly composed prologue which gives a brief insight into Ben's life before he left for Las Vegas. This includes a brilliant scene of Ben ridding himself of his personal and professional existence to the sound of Michael McDonald's energetic 'Lonely Teardrops'. It's a scene of mixed emotions, although he is condemning himself, it is also an act of liberation. Not much detail is given about his life in the prologue, however it is clear that he was a popular and successful family man. When he is fired, his boss says with a touching sincerity 'we enjoyed having you around here, but you know how it is', giving him a cheque which Ben describes as 'too generous'. This depth given to Cage's character makes his decline all the more tragic.
'Leaving Las Vegas' is dark, seedy and tragic. Recommended.
Leaving Las Vegas Quotes
|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.|
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