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Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

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Release Date
 USA: Oct 27, 1995
DVD Release Date
 R1: Feb 24, 1998
 R2: 24 Jan 2000

Budget $4,000,000

MPAA Rating
Rated R for strong sexuality and language, violence and pervasive alcohol abuse.

Running Time
1 hour, 51 minutes

Country USA, France

Studio MGM/United Artists

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Genre: Romance, Drama, Love, Prostitution, Tragedy, Disturbing, Psychodrama, Gangsters, Thieves, Infidelity, Tear Jerker, Cult Classic, Drugs

Plot: With LEAVING LAS VEGAS, director Mike Figgis spun critical gold out of what would appear to be a maudlin and hackneyed premise--a down-and-out drunk meets a hooker with a heart of gold. The reason for the film's success lies partly in its refusal to moralize, but mostly it is the strong performances of Nicholas Cage and Elisabeth Shue that make the story believable and poignant. Ben Sanderson (Cage) is a Hollywood screenwriter who has become an alcoholic. After being fired, he takes his severance pay to Las Vegas, where he plans to drink himself to death. There he meets Sera (Shue), a streetwise prostitute who responds both to Ben's wild antics and to his absolute gentleness. What Sera needs most is to be needed, and Ben needs her a lot. Figgis uses his whole bag of tricks--Sera talks to the camera, the exteriors are shot in grainy 16mm--but finally it is the perfectly-conceived relationship between these two wounded people that drew the rave reviews. The film was based on a novel by John O'Brien.

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 Directed by
Mike Figgis
Cold Creek Manor, Timecode, Internal Affairs
 Written by
Mike Figgis
Cold Creek Manor, Timecode, Internal Affairs
Nicolas Cage
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Elisabeth Shue
Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III, Hollow Man
Julian Sands
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Steven Weber
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Emily Procter
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Valeria Golino
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Carey Lowell
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 Music By
Mike Figgis
Cold Creek Manor, Timecode, Internal Affairs

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