This Martin Scorsese film depicts the Janus-like quality of Las Vegas--it has a glittering, glamorous face, as well as a brutal, cruel one. Ace Rothstein and Nicky Santoro, mobsters who move to Las Vegas to make their mark, live and work in this paradoxical world. Seen through their eyes, each as a foil to the other, the details of mob involvement in the casinos of the 1970's and '80's are revealed. Ace is the smooth operator of the Tangiers casino, while Nicky is his boyhood friend and tough strongman, robbing and shaking down the locals. However, they each have a tragic flaw--Ace falls in love with a hustler, Ginger, and Nicky falls into an ever-deepening spiral of drugs and violence.
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive strong language, drug use and some sexuality
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Did You Know?
At the scene where there are diamond buyers, the characters are actually speaking Persian, not Arabic. See more
The shots of "The Stardust" and the entry to "The Flamingo" show the results of redesigns done in the early 1990s. See more
When you love someone, you've gotta trust them. There's no other way. You've got to give them the key to everything that's yours. Otherwise, what's the point? And for a while, I believed, that's the kind of love I had.
[Ace's car explodes
SPOILER: Nicky is about to finish his narration, he's cut short by the mobsters wanting to whack him. See more
The version shown in Swedish cinemas in 1996 removed 43 meters of footage (the vice torture and baseball beatings). See more
Referenced in Dread
I'll Walk Alone
Written by Jule Styne
& Sammy Cahn
Performed by Don Cornell
Courtesy of MCA Records
Published by WB Music Corp. o/b/o/ Cahn Music Co. See more