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 films 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 Bens 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 OBrien.
Release Date: 20 October 2008
Certificate: 18 - Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18, by placing an order for this product you are declaring that you are 18 years or over.
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 107 minutes
Production Year: 1995
Main Language: English