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Leaving Las Vegas

7.51 h 52 min1996X-Ray18
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.
Mike Figgis
Steven WeberValeria GolinoElisabeth Shue
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Laurie MetcalfNicolas CageJulian Sands
Lila CazèsAnnie Stewart
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4.5 out of 5 stars

1017 global ratings

  1. 68% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 10% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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Craig MintoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 June 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
' Cage Leaves You Spellbound '
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This is a film I love. Not an easy watch by any means. But the acting is superb. The story
and script is fine and the life of an alcoholic can be understood through Nicholas Cage playing
the role of a man who gives up a successful life to head for Las Vegas intent on drinking himself
into an early grave.
There are tender loving scenes here as Cage's character meets the prostitute whose life has been
dominated by cruelty and abuse at the hands of one wrong man after another. There are also scenes
that are black and comedic as Cages character stumbles from one drunken stupor to another to find
solace before he dies.
The acting from Cage is fascinating making me wonder every time I watch this movie if he does resort to
hitting the bottle to play out the violent at times comic and loving at other times scenes. Or as I think is really
the case that Cage has done some hard work in researching the life of an alcoholic or what I also believe to
be the case that he draws upon personal experience.
A film that tests the emotions but is very much worth watching !
Thank You
Craig : }
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craig mintoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 July 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
' Cage Is Suberb In Las Vegas '
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This film is one that I am really fond of.
Leaving Las Vegas has many warnings of how alcohol can
dominate a life. Can make someone self destruct and fall from
Nicolas Cage gives a fine performance as the man who goes to
the bright and dazzling arena of Las Vegas to drink himself into
the grave. The situations the character finds himself in are all trademark,
alcoholic experiences. Becoming lost and embarrising to in public bars. To
being washed up and alone in a swanky hotel.
The fact that the character Cage plays so well meets and becomes emotionally
involved with a lady who is all part of the Las Vegas scene at first seems a positive
move. But the drink does not leave any good future tidings for Mr Cage's character,
and any relationship which develops soon hits the rocks.
A Fine Film and some excellent acting.


Craig : >
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Jim ClarkeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 September 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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One of the most ugly beautiful films ever made. A true masterpiece and one of those films that will... Well.... Haunt you for four some time!
(and a Rolex Daytona for 500 bucks? Yes Please)
One thing... As great as Cage is in this film, I know I'm not alone in thinking Elizabeth Shue deserved the Oscar. She is the beating heart of the film, while Cage degenerates into an almost monosyllabic creature or even beast, as the alcohol takes total control.
Simply superb. Watch it (though it IS an unpleasant ride).
Ms L. FelliReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 April 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love, Loneliness & Despair in an Alcoholic Haze
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Harrowing stuff. Nicholas Cage plays a brilliant part. The emotional and mental connection, chemistry and bond between Cage and Shue is electric, pure unconditional realistic love which is not focused or based on sex despite Shue being a high class hooker.

Leaving Las Vegas is alcoholism extradonaire, pain, isolation and honesty, two people caught up in waves of self destruction.

Ironically the author, John O'Brien committed suicide in 1994 just weeks after selling the movie rights. The film was a semi-autobiographical story. Director Mike Figgis completed the film as a tribute.

A powerful and emotional film 9/10.
Mr. M. G. BlakeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 December 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best of Cage
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Figgis adapts and directs to perfection. Elizabeth Shue is surely the finest of all the good time girls (And should have been more amply rewarded at the Oscars). Cage is so brave, so brilliant and unrelenting in his adherence to the truth of his terrible alcoholism. It takes no prisoners.
The ancient mariner.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 February 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Cage at his best.
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An unmissable film which brought him his first Oscar, and deservedly so. Not easy viewing, as he has gone to Las Vegas with one intention... To drink himself to death. I won't give away the plot but, if you haven't seen this..... Beg, borrow or buy.
tcjReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 March 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
leaving las vegas
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yes a good film. very sad about a young man who is a alcoholic due to his wife and kid leaving him. decides to go to las vegas to drink himself to death. then he meets a prostitute falls in love but decides to keep drinking shes ok with that. would recommend .
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Keith MorrisReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 March 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Compulsive viewing
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A truly worthy Oscar winner a definite 5 star movie ,my god it tugs on the heart strings .picture quality a bit of grain on occasions but otherwise wonderful
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