Leaving Las Vegas details
|Starring:||Steven Weber, Valeria Golino, Elisabeth Shue, Laurie Metcalf, Nicolas Cage, Julian Sands|
Leaving Las Vegas
|Run time:||1 hour 47 minutes|
|Rental release:||20 Oct 2008|
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Bitter-sweet beautiful filmBy Thomas Woods from London , 21 Sep 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]This is a brilliant film, which defies the standard Hollywood happy ending formula which determines so many movies.
The story follows Ben's (Nicholas Cage) downward spiral from top Hollywood writer to jobless, wifeless, directionless drunk who plans to drink his way to death without anyone's intervention, including the prostitute whom he falls in love with. Nicholas Cage is superb in the role, the type of which he does best (why oh why did he sell out to Hollywood?!) and Elizabeth Shue is also outstanding as his 'lover'.
The way in which neither of them can give up (alcohol and prostitution respectively) what each of them would like the other to give up is very endearing. Perhaps if they both had quit (a possibility outside of Ben's comprehension), a true friendship and relationship might have blossomed but for that we will never know and we are left with the sad ending we are given: all we know is that both lives were touched by one-another's and perhaps thats all we can ever ask for in life? A classic film.
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One of the '100 films to see before you die'By Hollywilliam (70 reviews) from Liverpool , 05 Jul 2010Couldn't sleep last night after watching this film and it was the first thing I thought of when I woke up, such was the absolutely outstanding performance by Nicholas Cage who plays a man who's lost everything because of his alcoholism. He decides to go to Las Vegas to drink himself to death and there he meets a prostitute (Elizabeth Shue) who is as needy and lonely as him so a friendship and love develop.
Thisfilm has parts of it that are as seedy, harrowing and disturbing as it gets yet it is so beautiful and& gentle because of the performances of Cage and Shue. Well deserved Oscar for Cage and nomination for Shue.
Leaving Las VegasBy a customer from midhurst england , 03 Jun 2010Well what a good film. You have read the review so you have a bit of an idea of what to expect. But this is such a good film, because Nicholas Cage's and Elisabeth Shue's characters are both so needy for different reasons, at times you don't know which one to feel sorry for most. But then the story moves on and you think it will all work out ok in the end, but will it? Watch and see.
Leaving Las VegasBy a customer from United Kingdom , 21 May 2010Leaving Las Vegas is one of my top twenty favorite movies and, in my opinion it is the best Nicholas Cage movie that I have seen. His acting in this role is totally convincing. Nicholas' co-star, Elizabeth Shue is equally convincing in her role. The story, dialogue, cinematography and music are beautifully interwoven into this for adults only movie. If you prefer movies with the 'Mary Poppins' moral standard then this one is not for you. Leaving Las Vegas is a glimpse into a possible real life experience and watching the movie is like a true life experience. This is one movie that I am pleased that I did not miss due to one or two misguided film critic reviews. It is excellent, don't miss it.
Utterly fantastic ...By a customer from Wimbledon , 08 Apr 2010Superb film, highly moving, emotional and poignant - brilliant acting by both Nicholas Cage and Elizabeth Shue - Oscars highly deserved.
Interplay between absurdity and realityBy redzed (31 reviews) from London , 04 Mar 2010Leaving Las Vegas is a film that's difficult to categorise, both in terms of its performances and generically. Nicholas Cage's performance as an ex-scriptwriter intent on drinking himself to death in Las Vegas is wild yet gentle and evokes genuine sympathy in the viewer. It's easy to see why it won him the Oscar. Elizabeth Shue, who plays a prostitute in need of someone at her side, does well in articulating her character's fragility and desperation.
Leaving Las Vegas is essentially a story of unconditional love between two people from different fringes of society. Right from the start of the relationship however, it is clear that the couple are ultimately doomed as Cage's character cannot be swayed from his half-explained drive towards self-destruction.
The film is well shot with some truly stand-out moments but it's the performances that really make it gripping from start to finish. While it's frustrating to watch Cage's character continue to destroy himself when Shue seemingly offers a chance for redemption, the performances mean that you quickly forget about the absurdity of it all.