• Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

Leaving Las Vegas

Release Date: 1995

DVD Release Date: February 6th, 2001

R |1 hr 51 min

Plot Summary

Adapted from the novel by John O'Brien, this acclaimed drama follows alcoholic screenwriter Ben Sanderson (Nicolas Cage) as he drinks himself into oblivion in Las Vegas. When Ben meets the beautiful prostitute Sera (Elisabeth Shue), they strike up an unconventional relationship -- one where she can't ask him to curb his drinking, and he can't fault her for her job. Though they offer each other support, Ben's self-destruction threatens to eclipse their bond.

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Elisabeth Shue, Julian Sands, Richard Lewis, Valeria Golino, Graham Beckel, R. Lee Ermey, Laurie Metcalf

Director: Mike Figgis

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Lumiere Productions

Keywords: Emotional, Fall, 1990s, Love

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Cage and Shue make these cliches into unforgettable people. show more

  • 88
    Mr. Showbiz

    Leaving Las Vegas may not be a top choice for an upbeat outing, but there's something oddly poetic about the simplicity of Ben's mission and Sera's acceptance of it. show more

  • 100
    Rick GroenThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    At best, Leaving Las Vegas is pure alchemy -- it makes of flawed humanity a hymn, and of forlorn hope a beacon. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1996)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama