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Sex and Lies in Sin City

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 2008
  • Peter Medak
  • 95 mins

Summary

Crime drama based on a true story, starring Matthew Modine and Mena Suvari. The profits from his Las Vegas casino enable Ted Binion to live the high life, but a growing dependency on drugs has made him violent and unpredictable. When Binion is found dead, the obvious conclusion is an overdose, but then suspicion begins to fall on his long-term partner Sandy Murphy.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Conjecture abounds in this patchy TV dramatisation of the controversy surrounding the 1998 death of drug-addicted Las Vegas casino owner Ted Binion. After an apparent overdose becomes a murder investigation, Binion's ex-stripper girlfriend (Mena Suvari) is among the prime suspects. In a flashback-heavy narrative, Matthew Modine creates an emotionally complex Binion, alternating between jovial loudmouth and hard-living brute, as director Peter Medak tries to put together the pieces that led to the alleged homicide. But the frequent moving backwards and forwards in time merely makes an already underdeveloped script feel even less cohesive. Despite all the sex and scandal involved, events lack bite and it's only the solid performances that keep the film afloat.

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Credits

Cast

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Ted BinionMatthew Modine
Sandy MurphyMena Suvari
Rick TabishJohnathon Schaech
Becky Marcia Gay Harden
Jay GreenMark Sivertsen
Bonnie BinionKiira Arai
FritzMark Brooks
BruceChad Brummett

Crew

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DirectorPeter Medak

Details

Languages
English
Guidance
Edited for language, drug abuse and sex scenes.
Formats
Colour
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