Leaving Las Vegas (1995) - Drama, Romance

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Ben Sanderson, a Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his alcoholism, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.

IMDB: 7.5
Director: Mike Figgis
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Elisabeth Shue
Length: 111 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 41 out of 295 found boring (13.89%)

One-line Reviews (131)

There is no plot beyond that which has been stated here.

Far from being a horrible Third World country that by all rights _should_ be depressing (but is not, and is populated by suffering people with hope and spirit), the USA has it ALL yet is filled with empty people with no spirit and no real purpose or direction.

But Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue are riveting to watch here.

This makes it more than worth watching and into a film you should really see and I am giving it a four star rating for the things I just mentioned and it's sheer power and ability to change lives.

By all means, its very well acted and some of the scenes are very engrossing.

The slow, moody jazz throughout the film juxtaposes perfectly with the story.

I don't know how they got there or why, and watching them lay down and die from there is downright boring.

As a person who has a past involvement in alcohol and substance abuse, I found Cage's performance especially compelling, and after watching him in this one, I am sure glad that lifestyle is behind me!

Cage plays a suicidal alcoholic who has come to Las Vegas to drink himself to death, and Shue plays the unexpected problem - a prostitute who falls in love with him.

This entertaining, handsomely-produced and well-directed movie had flaws which led me to give it only a seven: a developing and seemingly important sub-plot involving Julian Sands as Yuri, Sera's Russian-gangster pimp is quickly and suddenly abandoned inconclusively, and Yuri is utterly forgotten, while Sera carries on as if she has never had a pimp.

Use of Julian Sands was confusing, though.

But that moment, my god, wow-- Nicholas Cage, that was stunning.

Cage and Shue make this more than the simple cliché it sounds like.

Compelling and will keep you thinking .

Tedious and Repulsive .

He travels to Lost, sorry Las Vegas, or I should say Last Vegas, to carry his slow suicide out, where he inadvertently falls in love with a high class call girl (Shue, who really impresses too).

There is no real plot, no character development, and the director apparently felt he had to put in a music video every 10 minutes to make up for not having any story.

It is also thoroughly entertaining and thought provoking.

fascinating .

This film is very boring until the last half hour, there's nothing much interesting to see or expect for the poor story.

A morass of bulbs and billboards, in which skid rowers and barflies suckle booze and dice-roll their way to slow oblivion.

This is a dark, surreal movie that brings to light the other side of Vegas, where the "working girl" struggles to make ends meet, between the rough treatment, people looking down at her, and even beaten up, all she wants is to be loved, but she picks the wrong person in Cage, because all he wants to do is die a slow death in alcoholism.

This movie was boring, dreary crap.

The entire movie was boring and depressing.

By no doubt an extremley powerful, and emotionally charged story riveting through the characters; and will probably be regarded as some as a small time master piece for alcoholics to look back on.

The movie is an intense ride of heavy drinking mixed with more heavy drinking.

One of the worst movies I have ever scene .

This is an unflinchingly poetic, humane film graced by compelling performances from Nicolas Cage and Elizabeth Shue, who is heartbreakingly convincing.

Academic, to be sure, but completely acceptable as long as LLV can sustain itself and remain engaging.

With outstanding performances from both the leads, a soundtrack, and Casino-like scenery make for an unexpected and truly gripping film.

Too much time is spent in pointless montages and musical interludes, when what I really wanted to see was more interaction, more heartfelt discussion and conversation between these two people.

Overrated, Self-Indulgent Crap .

Nicholas Cage as Sanderson is terrific, very compelling, realistic and segueing from zany wired comedy to the desolation of Sanderson's death wish descent within a heart beat.

Is the glass half full or empty.

But with all that premise, with all the mood enhancing jazz, and the seedy, empty, soulless backdrop of Las Vegas, nothing truly happens for the viewer.

The dialog is also engaging.

The story is compelling as is the film and it makes you feel like you want to help these two.

A lot of the interior scenes are shot with a slower film speed, as if the camera is dying.

There is no story.

The dialogue is just too contrived, too determined to "plumb the depths".

Because it is meaningless and pointless, and it seems to just go on and on and on and on and on and on...


For example, there is a scene where someone at a motel castigates the hooker for the way the hooker and the drunk have behaved; I thought that the person doing the yelling was a fairly sympathetic character, and that that Shue's crushed reaction was perfect -- she's a "co-dependent" whose self-indulgent fantasy has had its bubble burst.

A slow, over rated piece of Hollywood claptrap.

) The film is a dreary male fantasy: you're suicidal, drinking yourself to death, and a gorgeous (make that, drop-dead, gorgeous) hooker falls hopelessly in love with you despite the self-loathing and the vomit and makes it her goal in life to get you to orgasm.

You want to see why Nic Cage matters after years of trudging through Hollywood, come back to this as a reminder of what an intense guy this is.

As contrast, `Fight Club,' raised a much more intriguing and troubling world.

The life of an alcoholic is full of half empty glasses and promises- Ben Sanderson stopped promising long ago and keeps filling his glass.

Julian Sands plays another wonderfully bizarre character, and it's very very unpredictable throughout, plus I truly believed Ben and Sera loved each other, just all the stuff and emotion they went through together.

'Leaving Las Vegas' is an iconoclastic love story whose control over the audience is fascinating.

The shots of Las Vegas at night are stunning.

People don't behave quite this way, Shue plays the hooker-with-the-heart-of-gold cliché, and Cage paradoxically plays a suicidal depressive who's charming and in love with life.

These are fascinating questions, and ones which might have formed the basis of a wonderful character sketch.

Boring) plays an alcoholic that you couldn't care less about.

Watching this film made me think and I absolutely thoroughly enjoyed it.

Watching 'Leaving Las Vegas' can be an experience that takes a gloomy sadness to the interiors of your existence and keeps you immersed in it.

This movie ranks up with the top 5 on worst movies I have ever seen.

The plot made the film very boring and the acting was not so good either.

Everything about their conversations feels natural and expressive that the film struggles to keep this engaging aspect once the relationship begins to crumble.

Entertaining it certainly is not.

Maybe the most fascinating thing about Leaving Las Vegas is that it could have turned out so horrible.

Shue keeps, all the way, an intriguing character extremely human...

Don't waste your time, this one stinks !.

This really is a strong movie, one really worth watching--though it degrades on repeated viewing, so get what you can out of the first time.

Cage was stunning in what must have been an unbelievably demanding role and he deserved to walk off with the Oscar.

As a result, the story is engaging.

Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue are truly stunning in the 1995 film, Leaving Las Vegas, a powerful and tragic drama from director Mike Figgis(Internal affairs).

Basically, the plot is too constant and perhaps some developments or moments of excitement would make for a more enjoyable viewing.

Unfortunatety, I found this movie slow, boring, and unecessarily depressing.

Actually, all that intense, vehement and almost impassioned darkness is just the preliminary act, the introductory preparation, the setting of a dense psychological scenario built in anticipation for the real story that is about to unfold before our eyes: one of true love between a man and a woman, in its most extraordinary form - the spiritual and affective one.

The first half an hour is a disjointed one, and it leaves things out that should be explained.

We can see each actor, however, in far more enjoyable fare.

For a sad movie to work completely, something at least must remain unexpected.

Cage is entertaining and Shue is quite attractive in her own way (though her most attractive role will always be in "The Saint").

I have seen dark movies before and have liked them but this movie just dragged and dragged and I couldn't wait for it to be over.

Slow and overrated .

In the mean time, he meets a stunning highly-paid hooker, Shue.

Movie is as bland as plain rice-an extrvagantly moronic movie.

It is moving, sometimes humorous and always engaging.

She takes the "hooker with a heart of gold" cliche to a whole new level.

Predictable and sappy.

She portrays the frustrated sadness of someone who has stumbled upon someone she could love and spend her days with, only to have to watch in horror his slow dance of excruciating suicide.

I'm not sure quite what to make of the film but it's really affecting, engrossing and a great panacea to the common, tolerated excess of La Vegas.


Compelling .

Leaving Las Vegas symbolizes Cage's fall into the predictable.

Depressing and Dreary .

Academic, to be sure, but completely acceptable as long as LLV can sustain itself and remain engaging.

I think the acting is powerful and very riveting.

You make the bed you sleep in.

The script is aimless and uninteresting.

Talking of which, he put in a truly stunning performance that fully deserved the Best Actor Oscar that year.

What i liked most of all was how compelling it was, I could not even take a break during commercials.

There are times when it just gets slow.

There he meets Sera (Shue) a hooker with a heart of gold (Shue torches the cliché bravely).

In this intense character study of a twenty something alcoholic and a prostitute, Nicolas Cage plays Ben Sanderson, a lonely failed screenwriter who travels from Hollywood to Las Vegas to end his life by drinking himself to death.

It is a gripping story of realistic love, and the dramatic consequences of giving your heart to someone.

However, the engaging central romance certainly beats 2 hours of a more ordinary dive into alcoholism, which would be a film of roughly two sets: a pub and a bedroom stained with urine, excrement, blood and vomit.

The characters were just so self indulgent, especially Ben.

This film, however, I simply found to be far too incredibly Hollywood-Formulaic (at its time of release) and predictable.

The editing is odd and renders a choppy, far too predictable plot.

This story of the dark side of life could have been worth the watching, the plot is gripping and Elisabeth Shue in particular does a terrific job.

And it is in that factor that makes this film worth watching.

This film is so slow, tedious, boring, depressing, and repulsive, it was very hard to sit through.

I find it slow, dull, and depressing.

In addition, the plot is repetitive.

This is interesting conceptually but in this case it makes for a rather uninteresting movie.

Great script, great music & some stunning performances...

Still, it's engrossing in an odd way and despite some quite depressing scenes has a nice message about undying love, even if Figgis doesn't really carry it off well, too concerned with peppering the soundtrack with his own jazz styling (nice!

Anything else remotely entertaining classifies it as an artless Hollywood film.

Very boring, although an Oscar film.

Returns to Ben , after he got fired he decides to end his life by living on the edge till the end, he chooses Las Vegas as the spot to achieve his goals , and we see him trashing every thing he owns , and getting ready to leave , after reaching Las Vegas he sudddenly encounters Sera and a strange relationship grows from here, he offers her five hundred dollars just to spend the night with him , and he didn't mean it in the SEXUAL way , he just wanted her to be beside him , and things started to develop.

No, there is essentially no story here, not one that is in the least discernible.

Because it is these empty Americans who are the ones who flock to Las Vegas.

Very pretentious.

Figgis' direction is self-indulgent and irritating.

It's been lauded and praised but I thought it was overly dreary and monotonous.

He has a flashy but empty visual style that would be better suited to a music video than a feature film.

Its as if this role was written for an actor with his zany, unpredictable and rugged way of portraying a character.

Cage is breathtaking in Leaving Las Vegas !.

I caught this pile of tripe on a low-rent TV channel, and it occurred to me that the L'Oreal ads with over-lit, over-made-up, underdressed models were more realistic than this trite, shallow, exploitative pile of garbage.

A very slow suicide.

So boring that I just could sleep...

And to give him company on this journey to inevitable destruction as the archetypal "golden-hearted hooker", Elizabeth Shue delivers one of the most riveting performances ever.

That also most likely stems from the film's willingness to take the time to get to know them, lingering on every glance, murmur and mannerism, be it mundane or essential, to try and get a feel for these two completely broken souls.

But I'll give you a little piece of advice that you will thank me for later if you do decide to take the empty trip to Las Vegas instead of leaving it - there is absolutely NOTHING to be gained by forcing yourself to watch this to the end.

llv is one of the most compelling films i've ever seen.

) What starts off as a movie cliché of the whore who is actually really sweet and has a heart of gold turns into an even more unlikely girlfriend with the ability to watch her new man slowly commit suicide.

The film is bleak, pointless and unpleasant.

This balance works for me in `Time Code,' because the filmic experiment is so intriguing.

An raw and intensive, but rather sad, love story, that gets its strength from the contrast between the slow moving magic of love and the harsh reality of 24-hour ongoing Las Vegas.