This profoundly moving love story garnered Nicolas Cage a 1995 ACADEMY AWARD® for Best Actor and Elisabeth Shue a Nomination for Best Actress. Alcoholic Ben Sanderson (Cage) hits rock bottom and sets off for the lights of Las Vegas, determined to drink himself into oblivion. There he meets and falls in love with Sera (Shue), a sexy, seen-it-all hooker. But will their unique and powerful bond be enough to save Ben from himself?
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We're not talking high, morally instructive tragedy here, just a hard lesson in postmodernist outlawry and its sad little anarchies.
The film pulls no punches, takes no prisoners and flies in the face of feel-good pictures.
The plot goes nowhere, but under the pornographic circumstances Figgis, Cage, and Shue all do fine jobs.
Small, searing film.
A uniquely hypnotic and haunting love story sparked by Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue at their career best.
A film laden with virtues but difficult to embrace.