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Film Review: Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

Director: Mike Figgis

Cast: Nicholas Cage, Elisabeth Shue

Year: 1995

Before Nicholas Cage married, divorced and spent vast amounts of money that forced him to take every part that came his way not to fall into bankruptcy, he was once a sought-after actor with a natural gift and the mainstream appeal to bring box office revenue to any project.

Sometime in the mid-nineties, right before he turned into an action-movie star with films like “The Rock” and “Con-Air”, Nicholas Cage took the role of Ben, a freshly divorced Hollywood agent in the last stages of alcoholism who, after being fired from his job, decides to move to Las Vegas to drink himself to death.

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