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Saint John of Las Vegas

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Hue Rhodes
Produced by Steve Buscemi
Stanley Tucci
Spike Lee
Written by Story:
Dante Alighieri
Hue Rhodes
Starring Steve Buscemi
Romany Malco
Sarah Silverman
Peter Dinklage
Tim Blake Nelson
Music by David Torn
Cinematography Giles Nuttgens
Editing by Annette Davey
Studio Circle of Confusion
Distributed by IndieVest Pictures
Release date(s) January 29, 2010 (2010-01-29)
Running time 85 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,000,000
Gross revenue $43,907[1]

Saint John of Las Vegas is a 2010 American comedy-drama film starring Steve Buscemi, Romany Malco, and Sarah Silverman.

The film, directed and written for the screen by Hue Rhodes (based on a story by Dante Alighieri) and produced by Steve Buscemi, Stanley Tucci, and Spike Lee, follows an ex-gambler as he takes a road trip with his new partner, an auto insurance fraud debunker, to investigate a fraud, while meeting a series of offbeat characters, including a carnival's human torch, a paraplegic stripper, and a nude militant, along the way.

The film was released upon many film festivals and was released in limited release on January 29, 2010.



A compulsive gambler attempts to cure his addiction by moving from Las Vegas to Albuquerque and working at an auto insurance company, only to find old temptations cropping up once again when he's sent out to investigate a dubious car accident just outside of Sin City.

After a string of bad luck at the tables, John (Steve Buscemi) decides to give up gambling and take a shot at a "normal" life. Arriving in Albuquerque and landing a job at an auto insurance company, John goes to work for Mr. Townsend (Peter Dinklage), who pairs him with the company's top fraud debunker, Virgil (Romany Malco), and sends them out on an investigation together. While John is eager to get a promotion, he's reluctant to go anywhere near Las Vegas, and before he leaves he strikes up a tenuous romance with his eccentric co-worker, Jill (Sarah Silverman).

On the road, Virgil and John encounter a series of offbeat characters including Ned, a nude militant (Tim Blake Nelson), Tasty D Lite, a wheelchair-bound stripper (Emmanuelle Chriqui), and a carnival human torch (John Cho). But while Virgil is the one with the experience, John gradually begins to assert himself and soon his efforts begin to pay off as the case moves closer to conclusion. As John's confidence grows, he becomes increasingly aware of the fact that running away from his gambling problem is not the solution, and that he'll only be able to move forward by returning to Las Vegas to face his demons head on.


Release and reception

The film received $21,666 in its opening weekend at #50.[2]

The film has received a 17% rating with 6 "fresh" ratings and 30 "rotten" on Rotten Tomatoes.[3]


  1. ^ "Saint John of Las Vegas (2010) - Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  2. ^ {{cite web|url=|title=Saint John of Las Vegas (2010) - Weekend Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo|publisher=[[Box Office Mojo|accessdate=2010-02-12}}
  3. ^ "Saint John of Las Vegas Movie Reviews, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 

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