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Coming to and Leaving Las Vegas

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Title: Coming to and Leaving Las Vegas

Description: Today, Steve is joined yet again by contributor Chris to talk about the really intense film from 1995, Leaving Las Vegas. Nicolas Cage delivers a career performance walking us through the life and end of life an alcoholic.

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Thank you again for listening to Beyond the Big Screen podcast. Today our contributor, Chris and I are going to talk about topics of alcoholism, suicide and other sensitive themes through the 1995 movie Leaving Las Vegas. We aren’t graphic by any means, but these are themes that might not be appropriate for all audiences. So with that warning out of the way, let’s get on with the show. As usual, thanks to Chris for joining me. I always have fun talking to him and learn something.
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[00:00:00] All right today, we are talking about the 1995 movie leaving Las Vegas directed by Mike FAUS and based on the 1990 novel, leaving Las Vegas by John. Oh, Brian, this movie stars. Nicholas cage is Ben Sanderson and Elizabeth shoe as his sort of girlfriend, Sarah, and a great cameo by AR IIE. Now, today we are joined again by Chris to talk about this movie.
It really the, the basic concept of this movie is about a washed up writer named Ben played by Nicholas cage, who has in some way imploded his life. Ben is absolutely mired in a deep depression and alcoholism in east. Decides to leave Los Angeles [00:01:00] and move to Las Vegas where he plans to drink himself to death.
So this is gonna be, I'd say one of the heavier episodes of beyond the big screen. And in this episode, just a little bit of a content warning. I. This episode will necessarily dive into themes of addiction and suicide. So it may be particularly disturbing to some people in the audience. If you're struggling with any of these issues, I highly suggest you contact your healthcare provider.
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April 11, 2022
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Steve Guerra is the host of the History of the Papacy Podcast, which began in 2013. In 2017, Steve began Beyond the Big Screen, a podcast which delves into the fascinating stories behind films through lively interviews.
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