Leaving Las Vegas

Ben's life is tanking and the final straw is when he gets fired. Already admittedly an alcoholic, he drives to Las Vegas to drink himself to death with the last of his money. He meets a hooker named Sera who's lonely and asks him to move in with her. He does - on the condition she never asks him to stop drinking. She doesn't. They never have sex because he's always too drunk. She kicks him out when she finds him with another hooker in her apartment.

Twila

Other mistake: Nick Cage is playing blackjack at a Caribbean stud table.

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Sera: What's up?
Ben Sanderson: I was looking for you tonight. I don't know if you've a boyfriend, or a girlfriend, but I thought maybe we could get some dinner.

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Trivia: Nicholas Cage and Elizabeth Shue were so dedicated to the film that she interviewed several real Las Vegas prostitutes while he went on a drinking binge to experience what might happen to his cognition and speech patterns.

Erik M.

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Question: How did Nicolas Cage manage to keep his job for so long? You'd think he'd get fired for coming to work drunk the first time.

MikeH

Chosen answer: On the contrary, the social contacts at work typically tolerate, sympathize with, and even enable alcoholics and other substance abusers, because many of the other employees are also similarly (and secretly) engaged in addictive behavior of their own to varying degrees. Usually, no action is taken until the addictive behavior starts affecting company income, insurance and morale. So, some substance abusers can lead lengthy careers within a company before the hammer falls.

Charles Austin Miller

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