Las Vegas movies
Started by Happygirl21 on Monday, 4th February 2013 6:44 pm
Ok, so I am not much of a movie person, but want to get my Vegas fix here in NJ. I have never seen Casino( and of course it's not on net flix) is there any movies any of you might recommend. Either documentaries, non- fiction or fiction. I'm open to suggestions. Thanks in advanced!
Last response by PeterDee 16th February 1:55am
donnymac66 responded on Monday, 4th February 2013
Oceans 11 - the original rat pack one
The start of Swingers
Honeymoon in Vegas
leaving Las Vegas
There are more I can't remember now
Happygirl21 replied on Tuesday, 5th February 2013
Can you believe out of everything you ( & everyone else listed) O-11 is the only one I have seen, oh that George Clooney, ;) lol thanks for that great list of suggestions, I appreciate it!
ndfanwabashman responded on Monday, 4th February 2013
There was a documentary on PBS called"Vegas Then and Now" a while back. I downloaded it on The Pirate Bay. Pretty entertaining and it's a good for a Vegas fix.
Chuckmonster responded on Monday, 4th February 2013
Diamonds are Forever
level42 responded on Monday, 4th February 2013
I'm gonna go a different route and suggest 2 TV shows that I think are essential:
Vega$ - This is very formulaic typical Aaron Spelling/Michael Mann late 70's drama/comedy. The acting is sometimes awful, the stories ridiculous, but...its 3 seasons contain about the best documentation of that era of Vegas. The primary property is the Desert Inn, but often The Frontier, Tropicana, Circus Circus, and Aladdin are featured. Dan Tanna zips around the strip and Fremont in his 57 T-Bird assisting the local police force and the good citizens of Las Vegas in solving crimes. One of the best parts of the show is Tony Curtis as casino owner Phillip Roth. Also, real life casino manager Burton Cohen is a regular. As cheesy as this show is, I've watched all 3 season over and over and over...it's just a lot of fun.
Crime Story - Micheal Mann was the executive producer of this show also. It follows the rise and fall of a mobster...starting in Chicago...and a special crime unit charged with busting the mob. Near the end of season 1, the show moves to Vegas. Primarily the show features Fremont Street, The Moulin Rouge (I assume they shot on a soundstage for the Rouge), The Landmark, and Vegas World. The show is set in the 1960's, but was filmed in the mid 80's...so...you'll get a great look at things from that era. Besides the scenery...the acting and plot is actually very good. Bob Stupak stars as a Fremont casino owner in one episode! I'm always amazed at how many Vegas nerds have never seen this show...of all the Vegas films/shows I own, this is by far my favorite!!
Blakjackkid replied on Tuesday, 5th February 2013
I loved "Crime Story". Great opening credits, great characters, and a stroyline that would make me tune in week after week!
levans replied on Wednesday, 6th February 2013
one of the best tv shows ever and andrew dice clay was a cast member. you cannot go wrong with michael mann
RobbieNomi responded on Monday, 4th February 2013
Happygirl21 responded on Tuesday, 5th February 2013
Good thing I will be off from work this weekend, lol. Thanks so much for all the suggestions!
Happygirl21 replied on Tuesday, 5th February 2013
OMG!!! I have literally just sat and typed in every suggestion on my Roku for Netflix, what a disappointment, not one movie, show etc was listed for instant view, why do I pay a monthly fee? Guess I'll try red box or something..
skyyontherocks responded on Tuesday, 5th February 2013
Lost In America starring Albert Brooks and Julie Haggerty has a great Desert Inn scene. The movie was made in the 80's and I find it hilarious. They play a very succesful couple who decide to drop out of society by quiting their jobs and investing their "nest egg" in a Winnebago. Unfortunately, they stop in LV and she loses all of their funds at the roulette wheel while he is sleeping. Since he was an advertising executive, Brooks' character tries to talk the Casino Mgr, (Garry Marshall), into giving them their money back...hilarious. 22, 22,come on back to me 22.
Spyder responded on Tuesday, 5th February 2013
If you are looking for a true story, based in AC (still gambling based) and want to feel better about yourself, try Owning Mahoney.
CaptainDave responded on Tuesday, 5th February 2013
There was a special on Biography called "Vegas Mafia", a history of the mob in Las Vegas. If you search YouTube, I believe there are some chunks of it on there.
Misnomer responded on Wednesday, 6th February 2013
Honey I Blew Up The Kid
HillBilly responded on Wednesday, 6th February 2013
dzodda responded on Sunday, 10th February 2013
Not actually Vegas, but how about Rounders? Poker, Ed Norton, Matt Damon, and more poker.
thecosmicjester responded on Monday, 11th February 2013
Rain Man. Only a small part of the movie is Vegas, but they have a good time at Caesars Palace.
alFromSanDiego responded on Tuesday, 12th February 2013
For an upper there's always Nolte's oscar turn in Leaving Las Vegas. Or, for the true conosieur: Leprechaun 3. The Cooler, and Hard 8 are both pretty decent films set almost entirely in Las Vegas.
Chuckmonster replied on Tuesday, 12th February 2013
The Cooler is a great film, Alec Baldwin plays the heavy perfectly. I love this side of his acting infinitely more than the slapstick comedy. Incidentally, The Cooler was shot at Golden Phoenix in Reno which is now closed, and was previously the Flamingo Reno.