"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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