Leaving Las Vegas (Blu-ray, Unrated)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 52 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 10, 2011
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital Surround - English, French, Spanish
- DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles - French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Nicolas Cage & Elisabeth Shue|
|Performer:||Julian Sands, Richard Lewis & David Brisbin|
|Directed by||Mike Figgis|
|Composition by||Mike Figgis|
|Director of Photography:||Declan Quinn|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"You can never, ever ask me to stop drinking."
- Ben (Nicolas Cage), to Sera (Elizabeth Shue)
Academy Awards 1995 - Best Actor: Nicolas Cage
Rating: A- -- Dark and giddy at the same time, Leaving Las Vegas takes us into dreamy, intoxicated places no movie about an alcoholic has gone before. Full Review
We're not talking high, morally instructive tragedy here, just a hard lesson in postmodernist outlawry and its sad little anarchies. Full Review
Rating: B+ -- The artistic direction of Figgis keeps it honest and unsentimental. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
...[Cage's Academy] award was earned ten times over...
...LEAVING LAS VEGAS is one of the best films of the year....That such a film gets made is a miracle....It is a pure, grand gesture...
Rating: B+ -- This movie was like watching a car crash in slow motion. You knew there was going to be a crash, but I just wished it would just happen already, and not have spent two hours getting to the impact. Full Review
Reel Talk Online
Mike Figgis' superb drama features the town as a corrosive backdrop to Nicolas Cage's self-destructive alcoholism.
With LEAVING LAS VEGAS, director Mike Figgis spun critical gold out of what would appear to be a maudlin and hackneyed premise--a down-and-out drunk meets a hooker with a heart of gold. The reason for the film's success lies partly in its refusal to moralize, but mostly it is the strong performances of Nicholas Cage and Elisabeth Shue that make the story believable and poignant. Ben Sanderson (Cage) is a Hollywood screenwriter who has become an alcoholic. After being fired, he takes his severance pay to Las Vegas, where he plans to drink himself to death. There he meets Sera (Shue), a streetwise prostitute who responds both to Ben's wild antics and to his absolute gentleness. What Sera needs most is to be needed, and Ben needs her a lot. Figgis uses his whole bag of tricks--Sera talks to the camera, the exteriors are shot in grainy 16mm--but finally it is the perfectly-conceived relationship between these two wounded people that drew the rave reviews. The film was based on a novel by John O'Brien.
An alcoholic movie executive who loses his wife, his family and his job decides to drive to Las Vegas and commit suicide by drinking himself to death in this acclaimed adaptation of the late John O'Brien's 1991 autobiographical novel. In Vegas, he meets a nearly equally pathetic young hooker and the two develop a strange, moving bond while waiting for him to die.
Prostitution | Substance Abuse | Love Story | Tragedy | Road To Ruin | Recommended | Disturbing | Lowlife | Theatrical Release | Essential Cinema | Based On A Novel
- Theatrical release: October 27, 1995.
- Shown at the 1995 Toronto Film Festival.
- The film was shot on location in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
- Nicolas Cage won the 1995 Best Actor Academy Award for his role in the film, beating out other favored actors such as Sean Penn (nominated for his role in DEAD MAN WALKING).
- The Boston Society of Film Critics awarded Nicolas Cage its best actor prize for 1995.
- The film won Independent Spirit Awards for best picture, actress (Elizabeth Shue), director, and cinematography.
- Director Mike Figgis played trumpet and keyboards on the film's soundtrack.
- Nicholas Cage and Elisabeth Shue spent time with alcoholics and prostitutes, respectively, in order to research their roles.
- John O'Brien, who wrote the novel this film is based on, killed himself two weeks after learning that his book would be adapted for the screen. His father considers the novel his son's suicide note.
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