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Leaving Las Vegas Poster
Released Runtime Category
1995 112 Drama
Director Language
Mike Figgis English
Actors
Elisabeth Shue, Nicolas Cage

Leaving Las Vegas

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What's it About
Depressed Hollywood screenwriter Ben (Cage) arrives in Las Vegas with one goal: to drink himself to death. On the Strip one night, he picks up fresh-faced hooker Sera (Shue), who takes a liking to the self-destructive Ben. As their friendship turns into a damaged love affair, they accept each other unconditionally, with Sera agreeing never to ask Ben to stop drinking – no matter what.
Why we love it
Filmed on a shoestring by Figgis, who also contributed the haunting jazz score, "Vegas" is a fearlessly downbeat love story about desperation and despair that was rapturously received at the box office in 1995. Cage won an Oscar for his gritty, go-for-broke portrayal of the suicidal Ben, and Shue made the leap from TV's "Melrose Place" to the big screen with her convincingly raw, Oscar-nominated performance – especially in one horrific motel scene. Adapted from John O'Brien's novel, "Vegas" is one cinematic bender that leaves a strangely blissful hangover.

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"