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>
No one stays at the top forever.
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In voiceover, Ace says that to go anywhere, Nicky had to change cars 6 times in underground parking garages. But in the accompanying visual montage, all of the garages we see are aboveground (evidenced by the bright sunlight on the sides). 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
SPOILER: Nicky is about to finish his narration, he's cut short by the mobsters wanting to whack him. See more
There are two network television versions: the original 3-hour theatrical cut minus objectionable footage, and a re-edited 140 minute version put together under sole supervision of original director Martin Scorsese. See more
Basin Street Blues/When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Written by Spencer Williams
/ Clarence Muse
, Leon René
(as Leon Rene),
Performed by Louis Prima
Courtesy of Capitol Records
under License from CEMA Special Markets
Published by Edwin H. Morris & Company, a division of MPL Communications, Inc./EMI Mills Music Inc. and Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc. See more