Mike Figgis based Leaving Las Vegas on a 1990 autobiographical novel by John O'Brien, who died of suicide in April 1994, shortly after finding out his novel was being used as the basis for a film. Despite basing most of his screenplay on O'Brien's novel, Figgis spoke of a personal attachment with the novel, stating "Anything I would do would be because I had a sympathetic feeling towards it. That's why I did Mr. Jones, because I think manic-depression is a fascinating, sad, and amazing phenomenon. It's not a coincidence that some of the greatest artists have been manic-depressives. That made it, to me, a fascinating subject that, alas, did not come out in the film."
|Runtime||1 hr 52 min|
|Budget||$4 000 000|
|Premiere: World||December 1, 1995|
|Box Office – Budget||$28 029 928|
|Premiere: USA||$32 029 928 October 27, 1995|
|Digital: World||April 28, 2009|
|Parental Advisory||Frightening & Intense Scenes, Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking, Profanity, Sex & Nudity, ..., Violence & Gore|
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DescriptionBen Sanderson, a Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his alcoholism, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.
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