Leaving Las Vegas is a 1995 American romantic tragedy film written and directed by Mike Figgis and based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by John O'Brien. Nicolas Cage stars as a suicidal alcoholic in Los Angeles who, divorced and recently fired, has decided to move to Las Vegas and drink himself to death. He loads a supply of liquor and beer into his BMW and gets drunk as he drives from Los Angeles to Nevada. Once there, he develops a romantic relationship with a pretty but hardened prostitute played by Elisabeth Shue, which forms the center of the film. O'Brien died by suicide after signing away the film rights to the novel.