Vegas in Film

By | January 4, 2014

With the rain pouring outside, and the heating on in doors, time for some escapism. A bit of Vegas escapism. Vegas in Film – The Top Ten.

10  The Grand


Improvised comedy about a Las Vegas poker tournament.  Woody Harrelson stars, with guest appearances from Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson and Phil Hellmuth. Recommended to all poker fans.

One Eyed Jack: “Yes, I did get thrown out of my own casino, I’m not sure how exactly that happened, but they do say that I gave the order.”

9   21

21 film

Six MIT students try to take Vegas for millions. Will they succeed?

“Yesterday’s history, tomorrow’s a mystery.”

8     Casino

casino film

A combo of Scorsese, De Niro, Pesci and Stone makes the perfect cocktail in the desert.

Nicky: “A lot of holes in the desert, and a lot of problems are buried in those holes. But you gotta do it right. I mean, you gotta have the hole already dug before you show up with a package in the trunk. Otherwise, you’re talking about a half-hour to forty-five minutes worth of digging. And who knows who’s gonna come along in that time? Pretty soon, you gotta dig a few more holes. You could be there all night.”

7      Rain Man


The film which introduced card counting to a nation.

Charlie: “I’m sorry ma’am, I lied to you. I’m very sorry about that. That man right there is my brother and if he doesn’t get to watch ‘People’s Court’ in about 30 seconds, he’s gonna throw a fit right here on your porch. Now you can help me or you can stand there and watch it happen.”

6          Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

fear and loathing

To appreciate the full genius of Hunter S Thompson’s insane vision, you need to read the book. But this is a very brave effort.

“Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas … with the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether.”

5               Ocean’s Eleven

Oceans 11

The most daring heist Las Vegas has ever known…11 men, 3 casinos, 150 million dollars, 1 chance to pull it off

Terry: “All right, you proved your point. You broke into my vault. Congratulations, you’re a dead man.”

4              The Hangover part 1

The first of the franchise and the best. Special mention for Mike Tyson and his tiger.


Phil: Yeah, listen, uh… we fucked up.

Tracy: What are you talking about?

Phil:  The bachelor party. The whole night. It’s… Things got out of control and, uh… we lost Doug.

Tracy: What?

Phil: We can’t find Doug.

Tracy: What are you saying, Phil? We’re getting married in five hours.

Phil: Yeah… that’s not gonna happen.

3             Go


A young Katie Holmes impresses. But Sarah Polley steals the show.

Singh: “Just so we’re clear, you stole a car, shot a bouncer, and had sex with two women?”

Tiny: “You had sex with two women?”

2             Leaving Las Vegas

Leaving Las Vegas2

Career best performance from Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue.

Ben: “Sera… what you don’t understand is – no, see, no. You can never, never ask me to stop drinking. Do you understand?”

1                     The Godfather part 2


Our winner. The greatest sequel of all time. Arguably the greatest film of all time.  The Corleone family move west….

Kay: “It made me think of what you once told me: “In five years the Corleone family will be completely legitimate.” That was seven years ago.”

Michael: “I know. I’m trying, darling.”

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Andy 'IggyPop77' Mack

About Andy 'IggyPop77' Mack

Andy's first love was chess. Three times a competitor in the British Championships, he has played regularly at international level, achieving the rank of FIDE Master. On a fateful day in 2007 Andy visited Las Vegas for the first time. Since that point, his attention has switched from chess to poker. Initially focusing on Hold'em, Andy has branched out, and has been working hard over the past couple of years to perfect his Omaha 8 game. He also plays all the other variants of the 8 Game. Away from poker, Andy's hero is rock star Iggy Pop. Andy claims to love Iggy's wild man image, although even his best friends would find it hard to compare Andy's solid poker style with that of the Godfather of Punk.

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