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Vegas movies in the '80s? Not really



rain_man_casino.jpgWe're just a few days away from Stuck in the '80s Lost '80s Weekend in Las Vegas. And so for inspiration, I and 24 other party-goers turn to our DVD collections for a little added inspiration. There's only one hitch...

There aren't really a ton of the Las Vegas movies of the '80s. In fact, I can only think of three.

OVER THE TOP (1987): Here's the trick to admitting that you know this Sly Stallone flick was filmed in Vegas -- it means you actually watched the whole horrific movie. Alas, Stallone plays a truck driver who travels to Vegas for an arm-wrestling championship. And admit it, you still tear up when Kenny Loggins sings Meet Me Halfway.

RAIN MAN (1988): Now we're cooking with gas. Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise hit Vegas and strike it big by counting cards. So much so that they get the infamous "Rain Man Suite" ... and eventually get banned from Vegas. Their high-roller suite is rumored to be the "Duplex Suite" at Caesar's Palace, and it runs from between $1,500 to $3,000 a night.

MIDNIGHT RUN (1988): Not of ton of Vegas scenes here, but don't forget that mobster Jimmy Serrano (Dennis Farina) is shown in Vegas while Charles Grodin is on the run.

Truth be told, the best Vegas movies aren't in the '80s at all. They'd include: Ocean's Eleven, The Cooler, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Leaving Las Vegas and Swingers. Am I missing an obvious one? (And don't say Viva Las Vegas. Because the king is dead.)

[Last modified: Monday, August 9, 2010 4:06pm]


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