Out of the mouths of movie actors come pearls of … well, if not wisdom, at least amusement. Here are some quips from scripts of films connected to Las Vegas:


Ellen, I’ve always been a moral man. But my resolve is melting in the light of your blinding smile.”

“Um, maybe you’re just hungry, would you like some more pasta?”

— Wayne Newton (as himself) to Ellen Griswold (Beverly D’Angelo) in “Vegas Vacation” (1997) 

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“I tried to phone him. Trying to find Willard Whyte is like trying to find a virgin in a maternity ward.”

— Comic “Shady Tree” (Leonard Barr) on stage at the Tropicana, referring to a Howard Hughes-like character played by Jimmy Dean in the James Bond flick “Diamonds Are Forever” (1971)


“In Vegas, everybody’s gotta watch everybody else. Since the players are looking to beat the casino, the dealers are watching the players. The box men are watching the dealers. The floor men are watching the box men. The pit bosses are watching the floor men. The shift bosses are watching the pit bosses. The casino manager is watching the shift bosses. I’m watching the casino manager. And the eye-in-the-sky is watching us all.”

— Sam “Ace” Rothstein (Robert De Niro), the Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal-based character, in voice-over in “Casino” (1995)


“We could get prime rib. They got it on sale for $2.99.”

— Ben Sanderson (Nicolas Cage) in “Leaving Las Vegas” (1995)


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“Why do they always paint hallways that color?”
“They say taupe is very soothing.”

— Danny Ocean (George Clooney) questioning Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) in the “Ocean’s Eleven” remake (2001)


“Can you spell MGM backwards?”

— Producer Tony Moss (Alan Rachins) to a dancer in “Showgirls” (1995)


“Do you guys have drugs?

“Does Lipitor count?”

— A waitress to senior citizen Sam (Kevin Kline) in “Last Vegas” (2013)


“You can make double on holiday shows. Take a vacation later.”

“I do not want to be the richest piano player in the grave.”

— An agent (Dan Aykroyd) to his client, Liberace (Michael Douglas) in “Behind the Candelabra” (2013)


“Now in order to get to your room, you’re going to have to go this way through the casino. Veer to the left. Take a sharp right at the first giant palm tree. You’ll see a group of blackjack tables. Not baccarat, not craps — blackjack. Keep going. Then wind around to your left. If you get to the pool, you’ve gone too far. Back up and take another right. You’ll see a bank of elevators. Those aren’t your elevators. Stay away from them. But keep going, you’ll see another bank of elevators, the gold elevators. Those are yours. Take them up to the 10th floor. Take a right at the end of the hall and you’ll find your room. Any questions?”

— Host at the Mirage to the Griswold family in “Vegas Vacation” (1997)

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