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Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

Ben Sanderson, a Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his alcoholism, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.

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Kim Adams ...
Sheila
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Stuart Regen ...
Man at Bar
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Albert Henderson ...
Man at Strip Bar (as Al Henderson)
Shashi Bhatia ...
Hispanic Prostitute
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Bank Teller
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Storyline

Because his wife left him and took his son with her, screenwriter Ben Sanderson has started drinking, a lot. He's getting more and more isolated and he troubles women in bars because he wants to have sex with them. When he gets fired, he decides to leave everything behind and move to Las Vegas and drink himself to death. In Las Vegas he meets Sera, a prostitute with some problems as well who he moves in with. Written by Marco van Hoof <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for strong sexuality and language, violence and pervasive alcohol abuse | See all certifications »

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9 February 1996 (USA)  »

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Adiós a Las Vegas  »

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$3,600,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$31,968,347 (USA)
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Trivia

In one scene, Ben screams "Snake eyes" while throwing dices. Years later, Nicolas Cage would star in Snake Eyes (1998). See more »

Goofs

Camera and several crew members reflected in the glass door when Sera leaves the casino, after spitting on the security guy. See more »

Quotes

Ben Sanderson: I came here to drink myself to death.
Sera: How long will it take you?
Ben Sanderson: I'd say about three to four weeks.
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The opening credits do not appear until fifteen minutes into the film. See more »


Soundtracks

I Won't Be Going South (For A While)
Written by Angelo Palladino
Performed by The Palladinos
Courtesy of Pangaea Records
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Amazing, and gritty performances
3 May 2003 | by (Mesa, Arizona) – See all my reviews

It's not a movie I could bear to watch very often, because it's sad to see people destroy themselves. But Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue are riveting to watch here. As a person who has a past involvement in alcohol and substance abuse, I found Cage's performance especially compelling, and after watching him in this one, I am sure glad that lifestyle is behind me!

The chemistry between these two is really great, two people that need each other in different ways, trying to cope with how screwed up their lives have become. Very real performances, if you're faint-of-heart be ready for some strong words, and not just obscenities. Wow! They really lay it on the line. Great performances by two of my favorites.


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