Leaving Las Vegas

Synopsis: Best Actor Oscar winner Nicholas Cage and best Actress nominee Elisabeth Shue set the screen ablaze in this profoundly moving love story. Nominated for two additional Academy Awards- Best Director and Best Screenplay- this emotionally charged powerhouse of a film graced over 100 “10 Best lists”- including Roger Ebert’s #1 Movie of the Year. Ben Sanderson is a career alcoholic who has hit rock bottom. Trashing all personal and professional ties to his LA existence, he sets off for the light of Las Vegas on a mission: to drink himself to death. There he meets Sera, a beautiful, seen-it-all hooker. From the moment Ben and Sera connect, they form a unique bond based upon unconditional acceptance and mutual respect that will change each of them forever.
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Leaving Las Vegas 8.0

Still very good (I first saw at the time), but pretty dated-looking at this point. Maybe it’s just me, but I wasn’t as impressed with Cage as some people are. Don’t get me wrong, he’s very good, but… I don’t know… it looked like a Nicolas Cage performance to me; I rarely lost myself in the character.

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