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. Written by
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?
Given that L.Q. Jones
was a veteran of many western movies, Martin Scorsese
and Robert De Niro
were said to be in awe of him when he first appeared on the set. Jones said in an interview, that the first scene he filmed was the courtroom scene where Rothstein is denied his gaming license. See more
When Ace and Sherbert are entering the car to chase after Ginger, the car starts up before Ace is even in the driver's seat. 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
SPOILER: Nicky is about to finish his narration, he's cut short by the mobsters wanting to whack him. See more
Love Is The Drug
Written by Bryan Ferry
& Andy Mackay
(as Andrew MacKay)
Performed by Roxy Music
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products and Courtesy of EG Records/Virgin Records Ltd.
Published by EG Music Ltd./BMG Music Publishing Ltd.
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