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>
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Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive strong language, drug use and some sexuality
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Obvious dummy in the car immediately before the explosion. 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
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In India, the theatrical release was heavily cut, despite of being given an A (adults only) certificate. Following were the cuts made:
- Reduce to a flash the visuals of the woman undressing and her nudity.
- Reduce by 50% the beating of the hand with a hammer.
- Reduce by 50% the scene in which the man is tortured with his head in the vice.
- Reduce by 50% the scene depicting sexual intercourse between Nicky and Ginger.
- Delete the visuals of blood spurting out of the mouth of a man who has been shot in the head.
- Delete the visuals of the plastic bag being pulled over the man's bloody face in the car.
- Reduce by 50% the beating up of Nicky and his brother especially deleting the visuals of their bloody faces.
- Delete all visuals of the battered bodies and delete all close shots of their bloody faces of the men in the grave. General cut: Delete the following phrases wherever they occur: a)Jew Ass b)Mother fucker/mother fucking c)Sisters ass d) Fucking c***t.
Referenced in Building Vegas
Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)
Written by Domenico Modugno
and Franco Migliacci
Courtesy of Carosello Cemed S.R.L.
Published by Edizioni Curci, S.R.L. and EMI Robbins Catalog Inc. See more