Vegas Flicks: A True Vegas Lovers Guide to Motion Pictures

A True Vegas-Lovers Guide to Motion Pictures

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Vegas Vacation (1997)

Sorry Folks, Vegas' Closed...

The Griswold clan is back on vacation. The problem is, they aren't going to Wally World. We include this film in our list for those of you who can't get enough of Vegas, not matter how it is packaged. Vegas Vacation is just not up to par with the original Vacation (Anthony Michael Hall, we miss you!), or even some of the sequels. All in all the whole film is saved with Wayne Fucking Newton, y'all.

Leaving Las Vegas (1995)


This film is so good. Ben, played by Nicholas Cage (who won an Oscar for the role) whose alcoholism deteriorates his life after the loss of his family. Once he loses his job in Hollywood, he cashes in everything he has and heads to Las Vegas to drink himself to death. Elisabeth Shue, in truly one of her best performances, plays Sera, a prostitute who keeps him company during his stay in Vegas. There is some gambling and casinos, but Vegas merely acts as the backdrop for this sad film.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

This is BAT country...

Ah, the movie that started What can we say? We love The Honorable Hunter S. Thompson, Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Torro. Add a butt-load of Vegas and we are sold! Johhny does a great job as Dr. Gonzo, ditto for Benicio as his Attorney, Raoul Duke. Never have we enjoyed a movie as much as the book. The film does the book complete and absolute justice! If you aren't familiar with this book, but love weird-ass shit, check it out. There is no way for us to really explain it.

Casino (1995)

Ace Fucking Rothstein

Casino is the story of the Tangiers Casino and it's entaglements with the mob. Robert De Niro plays Sam Rothstein, who is based on real life mobster Frank 'Lefty' Rosenthal. You get plenty of Vega$ shots and most of the locations are in Vegas proper. Good story, well executed. Sharon Stone apparently squeezed out the last of her talent on this one. She does a phenominal job here as Ginger, Sam's former call-girl wife while Joe Pesci shows off his new facelift. It's a long one, but worth it.

Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)

Elvis Has Left The Airplane...

Here is another one with Nicholas Cage. This time, instead of wallowing in alcohol, he is wallowing in jealously. Cage plays the marriage-phobe boyfriend of Sarah Jessica Parker, who is eager to wed. They decide to take the plunge and elope to Vegas. While trying to get Cage to the altar, Parker encounters a high-rolling gambler, played by Creepy James Caan who is determined to marry her. We also get a pretty good visit with The Flying Elvi. It's an OK film, nothing to write home about but can be entertaining.

Viva Las Vegas (1964)

Elvis Has Left The Craps Pit

Elvis plays Lucky Jackson who heads out to Vegas for the Grand Prix race. He takes a job at a casino to make some cash for his engine and meets and romances Rusty Martin, played by Ann-Margret. What, does he sing you ask? Of course!

Ocean's Eleven (2001)

How to knock off a casino 2001

This is the remake of the classic 1960's film about a casino heist at the Bellagio. We get George Clooney taking on the roll of Danny Ocean is is the mastermind behind the plan. Julia Roberts plays his ex-wife, now involved with Bellagio's owner (Andy Garcia). The story was scaled down, omitting the musical numbers and hitting one casino instead of several, as in the original. Good film, fun to watch, action packed.

Ocean's 11 (1960)

THE Vegas Flick

The first of the 'Rat Pack' films. Stars Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr, Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop. there is singing, there is stealing, there are multiple heists. Great fun, a must see for Vegas-philes!

Rain Man (1988)

Definitely Blackjack

Do you suffer from OCD? Do you like to count stairs as you go down them? Car alarm beeps? Cards? Don't forget this little gem of a film that isn't about Vegas, but does take care of some pretty important action there. Tom Cruise plays Charlie, a high-end car dealer who is reunited with a brother he wasn't even aware of. Charlie's brother, Raymond, immortalized by Dustin Hoffman is austic. Raymond's autisum is what gives Charlie an idea: teach Raymond to count cards.

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