Honeymoon in Vegas
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|Honeymoon in Vegas|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Andrew Bergman|
|Produced by||Mike Lobell|
|Written by||Andrew Bergman|
Sarah Jessica Parker
|Editing by||Barry Malkin|
|Studio||Castle Rock Entertainment
New Line Cinema
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||92 minutes|
Jack Singer (Cage) has sworn to his mother while she was on her deathbed that he would never get married. Years later, he goes back on his promise and proposes to his girlfriend, Betsy (Parker), and quickly arranges a Las Vegas marriage. They check into the Bally's Hotel.
Before the wedding, however, a wealthy professional gambler, Tommy Korman (Caan), sees Betsy and notices a striking resemblance to his beloved late wife. He arranges a crooked poker game (with Jerry Tarkanian as one of the other players) where Jack borrows $65,000 after being dealt a straight flush (7-8-9-10-Jack of clubs), only to lose to the gambler's higher straight flush (8-9-10-Jack-Queen of hearts); Tommy, however, promises to erase the debt - if he can spend the weekend with Singer's fiancée.
After getting Korman to agree to no sex, the desperate couple agrees. Jack tries desperately to get Betsy back and discovers that Tommy has taken her to Hawaii, where he has a vacation home. The gambler also has a taxi driver friend, Mahi Mahi (Pat Morita), and asks him to keep Jack as far as possible from him and Betsy. Jack discovers this, steals the taxi, and finds Tommy at the Kauai Club, where he's attacked by Tommy and arrested. After having Dr. Molar bail him out of jail, Mahi Mahi meets him outside and admits that Korman left for Vegas with Betsy and is forcing her to marry him. Mahi races Jack to the airport. Betsy decides she cannot go through with the wedding and escapes from Tommy.
Meanwhile, after changing many planes and finding himself stuck in San Jose, Jack tries frantically to find a flight to Vegas. Finally, he finds a group about to depart for Vegas, but, much to his surprise, finds out mid-flight that they are the Utah chapter of the "Flying Elvises" - a skydiving team of Elvis impersonators. Jack now realizes that he will have to skydive from 3,000 feet in order to get to Betsy. Jack eventually is able to overcome his fear and lands and spots Betsy, which then ruins Tommy's plans.
The final scene shows Jack and Betsy getting married in a small Las Vegas chapel with the Flying Elvises as guests, Jack still in his white illuminated jumpsuit and Betsy in her stolen showgirl outfit.
- James Caan as Tommy Korman
- Nicolas Cage as Jack Singer
- Sarah Jessica Parker as Betsy/Donna
- Peter Boyle as Chief Orman
- Seymour Cassel as Tony Cataracts
- Pat Morita as Mahi Mahi
- Johnny Williams as Johnny Sandwich
- John Capodice as Sally Molars
- Robert Costanzo as Sidney Tomashefsky
- Anne Bancroft as Bea Singer
- Tony Shalhoub as Buddy Walker
- Burton Gilliam as Roy Bacon
- Bruno Mars as Little Elvis
The film earned mixed to positive reviews from critics, and currently holds a 62% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The soundtrack was composed mainly of covers of Elvis Presley songs performed by many contemporary artists. Also included are the ramblings of Chief Orman when Mahi Mahi takes Jack to his Chief's shack instead of Korman's beach side mansion. The score is by David Newman.
- "Viva Las Vegas" - Bruce Springsteen
- "Hound Dog" - (score)
- "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" - Bryan Ferry
- "Heartbreak Hotel" - Billy Joel
- "Jailhouse Rock" - John Mellencamp
- "Suspicious Minds" - Dwight Yoakam
- "Burning Love" - Travis Tritt
- "That's All Right" - Vince Gill
- "Love Me Tender" - Amy Grant
- "All Shook Up" - Billy Joel
- "Blue Hawaii" - Willie Nelson
- "(You're the) Devil in Disguise" - Trisha Yearwood
- "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck" - Ricky Van Shelton
- "Surrender" - Elvis Presley
- "Jailhouse Rock" - Elvis Presley
- "That's All Right" - Elvis Presley
- "Can't Help Falling in Love" - Bono
- "It's Now or Never" - Elvis Presley
- "Can't Help Falling in Love" - (score)
- "Le Donna e Mobile" - Franco Bonisolli
- "Hawaii Kua Uli" - (score)
- "Happy Talk" - Peter Boyle
- "Hilo March" - (score)
- "(Let Me) Be Your Teddy Bear - (score)
- "Ka Lae O Makahonu" - (score)
- "Waikiki Beach" - (score)
- "Bali Hai" - Peter Boyle
|U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums||4|
|U.S. Billboard 200||18|
|Canadian RPM Country Albums||6|
|Canadian RPM Top Albums||30|
A musical stage version of the movie was written by Jason Robert Brown (music and lyrics) and Andrew Bergman (book). A Broadway-bound production was expected to debut in Toronto in November 2012, starring Tony Danza as Tommy Korman. However, the Toronto premiere was canceled, and a production will be staged at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey instead with Danza remaining.
- "Tony Danza to hit Broadway in 'Honeymoon in Vegas'". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2012-02-06.
- "Broadway-Bound Toronto Production of Honeymoon in Vegas, Starring Tony Danza, Canceled", broadway.com, August 2, 2012
- , playbill.com, March 11, 2013
- Honeymoon in Vegas at the Internet Movie Database
- Honeymoon in Vegas at Box Office Mojo
- Honeymoon in Vegas at Rotten Tomatoes
- The Flying Elvi
- Member of Flying Elvi dies of injuries from fall