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"Leaving Las Vegas"

by Henri Béhar

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"Leaving Las Vegas" is a pas-de-deux broken souls about life and death. Nicholas Cage plays an avowed, unrepentant alcoholic who's drunk away his family, his friends, his job in Hollywood, and decides to go to Las Vegas and drink himself to death. On the Strip, he meets Elizabeth Shue, a street-smart hooker (is there any other kind in filmland?), who is as keen on surviving as he is on dying. A volatile actor if there ever was one, Nicholas Cage is also one on the most versatile, and Elizabeth Shue proves just as fearless. The film in rough, tough, plucky, uncompromising -- and funny.

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