Leaving Las Vegas (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Mike Figgis Starring: Nicolas Cage Elisabeth Shue

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This profoundly moving love story garnered Nicolas Cage a 1995 Academy Award for Best Actor and Elisabeth Shue a Nomination for Best Actress. Alcoholic Ben Sanderson (Cage) hits rock bottom and sets off for the lights of Las Vegas, determined to drink himself into oblivion. There he meets and falls in love with Sera (Shue), a sexy, seen-it-all hooker. But will their unique and powerful bond be enough to save Ben from himself?

Specifications

Studio Tcfhe/mgm
SKU 220420700
UPC 883904232094
UPC 14 00883904232094
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/10/2011
Rating UR
Keywords
Based On A Novel
Disturbing
Essential Cinema
Love Story
Lowlife
Prostitution
Recommended
Road To Ruin
Substance Abuse
Theatrical Release
Tragedy
Editors Note
Note 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.
Plot Summary
Summary 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.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "You can never, ever ask me to stop drinking."--Ben (Nicolas Cage), to Sera (Elizabeth Shue)
Reviews
Rolling Stone "...A uniquely hypnotic and haunting love story sparked by Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue at their career best..." 11/02/1995 p.74-76
Sight and Sound "...[Shue holds] her own against Cage, matching him in pain and desolation if not in intensity..." 01/01/1996 p.45
USA Today "...Haunting....[Shue and Cage] are excellent..." -- 3 out of 4 stars 10/27/1995 p.2D
Entertainment Weekly "...[Cage's Academy] award was earned ten times over..." 06/07/1996 pp.66-7
Variety "...Unrelenting in its vision, the artistic tour de force by director Mike Figgis is a descent into the abyss....Cage is in top form....Shue is equally skillful..." 09/18/1995
Los Angeles Times "...Beautifully put together, sensitively acted by Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue, directed by Mike Figgis with assurance and style and making exceptional use of its musical score....So marvelously put together it's sure to have an effect..." 10/27/1995 p.F1
Chicago Sun-Times "...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..." 11/10/1995 p.45
Uncut "Mike Figgis' superb drama features the town as a corrosive backdrop to Nicolas Cage's self-destructive alcoholism." 07/01/2004 p.131
Directors
Mike Figgis
Actors
Nicolas Cage
Elisabeth Shue
Cast & Crew
Julian Sands - Star
David Brisbin - Star
Nicolas Cage - Star
Elisabeth Shue - Star
Richard Lewis - Star
Mike Figgis - Composer
Declan Quinn - Director of Photography
Mike Figgis - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1995
UPC 00883904232094
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 112 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Name Nicolas Cage
Award Category Best Actor
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1995
Award Giver Academy Awards
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...A uniquely hypnotic and haunting love story sparked by Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue at their career best...
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times That such a film gets made is a miracle....It is a pure, grand gesture...

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