Leaving Las Vegas

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Nicholas Cage and Elizabeth Shue star in this portrait of two broken souls that find each other and try desperately to find love and happiness, if only fleeting solace, in each other's company amid the neon, Casinos, and seedy hotels of Sin City. One is a man who's lost everything to his uncontrolled drinking and is putting himself headlong into one last, suicidal binge while the other is a lonely prostitute who, by chance encounter, finds herself wanting to reach him, and possibly change both their destinies too late. Serious, sad and tragic, the character's plights and struggles are moving and fascinating, with the stars both convincingly portraying failed lives spiraling downward. Not a happy movie, but a good drama.

Erik M.

Continuity mistake: When Nicholas Cage is in the pool and in a couple of other scenes where he is wearing a shirt you can clearly see a tattoo on his back, but when filmed without a shirt the tattoo is gone.

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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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