Leaving Las Vegas


(out of 5)

Performances couldn’t possibly be better in this incredible love story. plays an alcoholic, washed-up screenwriter who gets fired from his job in Hollywood, sells everything he owns, buys as much booze as he can afford and moves into a sleazy hotel room in Las Vegas. While there he meets prostitute and strikes up a friendship with her that turns into romance. What’s so wonderful about this very sad movie is how honest it is about the relationship these two people have, and about the reality of their lives–Shue’s hooker Sera is not a girl who could possibly have existed in Pretty Woman. The two leads give the performances of their lives, and Mike Figgis’ strong direction is amplified by gorgeous 16mm photography and his own hauntingly beautiful score.


France/USA/United Kingdom, 1995

Directed by

Screenplay by Mike Figgis, based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by Mike Figgis

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1995

Golden Globe Awards 1995

Independent Spirit Awards 1995.

National Board of Review Awards 1995.   

New York Film Critics Awards 1995.  

Toronto International Film Festival 1995

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