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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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
"This is a fictional story with fictional characters adapted from a true story." See more
Finnish VHS release is cut by 1 minute. Notable cuts were:
- Tony Dogs being tortured with the vice
- Baseball bat killings
Walk On The Wild Side
Written by Elmer Bernstein
& Mack David
From the Columbia Film Walk on the Wild Side (1962)
Performed by Jimmy Smith
Courtesy of Verve Records
by Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
Published by Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., Inc. - Film Divison See more