Leaving Las Vegas script
Synopsis: Leaving Las Vegas is a 1995 romantic drama film written and directed by Mike Figgis and based on the semi-autobiographical novel Leaving Las Vegas by John O'Brien. Nicolas Cage stars as a suicidal alcoholic who has ended his personal and professional life to drink himself to death in Las Vegas. While there, he develops a relationship with a hardened prostitute played by Elisabeth Shue, which forms the center of the film. O'Brien committed suicide two weeks after principal photography of the film began.


A view of night-time Las Vegas through a window. Traffic up

and down The Strip; bright, gaudy neon flashing and winking.

We hear the sound of men laughing and the camera pulls

focus and we see reflected in the glass...

... a group of people.

On the table are bowls of potato chips and dip and

sandwiches. The TV is on at a sports channel and two

boxers pound the shit out of each other.



Sera looks at herself in the gold-tinted mirror in

the elevator. She takes out a lipstick and freshens

her lips. Some people get out and the elevator climbs

higher. We see from the indicator that she has punched

the Penthouse button. Camera moves in tighter and we

see that she is nervous but concealing it well. The

elevator stops, the doors open and she steps right

into the Penthouse.


A bottle of Scotch is almost empty. The man talking is Yuri.

He is Russian, in his early forties, a little overweight,

a big man wearing a blue silk suit. His thick black hair

is greased and combed back. He wears a lot of jewelry,

all gold. Rings, a bracelet and a Rolex. Two men in

business suits and a weird stoned woman in her late

thirties listen to him.


...but please, my friends,

call me Yuri. It is my

American name... I picked it


The three people laugh. There is a hint of contempt in

the way that they speak to Yuri.


Where are you from, Yuri? I

mean, you sure don�t talk

like you�re from this neck of

the woods.

Yuri smiles at them.

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Mike Figgis

Michael "Mike" Figgis (born 28 February 1948) is an English film director, screenwriter, and composer.[1] He was nominated for two Academy Awards for his work in Leaving Las Vegas (1995). more…

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