Hangover Movie: Leaving Las Vegas
Leaving Las Vegas (1995) is a gritty drama starring Nicholas Cage and Elizabeth Shue. Failed Hollywood screenwriter, Ben (played by Cage) moves to Vegas intending to drink himself to death. He’s lost everything to his drinking. Ben meets hardened prostitute Sera (played by Shue) after almost hitting her while driving drunkenly down the Vegas Strip. They form an uneasy friendship, and she takes him in and cares for him. Leaving Las Vegas was based on a semi-autobiographical novel by author John O’Brian.
Two weeks after production started, O’Brian committed suicide-another sad illustration of the hopelessness of alcoholism. This movie is a must-see if you haven’t already seen it. The acting is outstanding. Cage delivers a performance that is both heart-breaking and authentic, winning both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his part.