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Honeymoon in Vegas
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAndrew Bergman
Written byAndrew Bergman
Produced byMike Lobell
CinematographyWilliam A. Fraker
Edited byBarry Malkin
Music byDavid Newman
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • August 28, 1992 (1992-08-28)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$25 million
Box office$35 million

Honeymoon in Vegas is a 1992 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Andrew Bergman and starring James Caan, Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker.



Private eye Jack Singer swore to his mother on her deathbed that he would never marry. His girlfriend Betsy wants to get married and start a family, and he proposes a quick Las Vegas marriage. They check into the Bally's Casino Resort.

Before the wedding, however, a wealthy professional gambler, Tommy Korman, notices Betsy's striking resemblance to his beloved late wife, Donna. He arranges a crooked poker game that prompts Jack to borrow $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 offers to erase the debt in exchange for spending the weekend with Betsy.

After Tommy states he will be a perfect gentleman, the desperate couple consents. Jack discovers that Tommy has taken Betsy to his vacation home in Kauai. The gambler asks his taxi driver friend, Mahi Mahi, to keep Jack as far as possible from him and Betsy. Jack discovers this and steals the taxi. He sees Betsy outside the Kauai Club where he is attacked by Tommy and arrested. Jack's dentist friend, Sally Molars, bails Jack out of jail. Mahi Mahi meets Jack outside and admits that Tommy left for Las Vegas with Betsy and has convinced 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 Las Vegas. He joins a group about to depart for Las Vegas but discovers mid-flight that they are the Utah chapter of the "Flying Elvises" – a skydiving team of Elvis impersonators. Jack realizes he has to skydive from 3,000 feet to get to Betsy. Jack overcomes his fear. He lands and spots Betsy, ruining Tommy's plans.

Jack and Betsy are married in a small Las Vegas chapel with the Flying Elvises as guests. Jack is wearing a white illuminated jumpsuit and Betsy is in a stolen showgirl outfit.





Director and writer Andrew Bergman said about the film, "It wasn't based on anything. I wanted to do a boy-girl story, and in my perverse fashion, it turned out to be this."[1] The film's budget was $25 million.[2]

Filming began in August 1991,[3] and was underway in Las Vegas by that September.[4] Bally's Casino Resort was among the filming locations in Las Vegas.[3] Las Vegas' Chapel of the Bells wedding chapel was also used for filming.[5] Other filming locations included New York, and Culver Studios in California.[3]

Filming in Kauai was concluded in November 1991.[3] Among the filming locations in Kauai was the Inn on the Cliffs restaurant, located at the Westin Kauai Hotel.[6] Filming also took place at Kauai's National Tropical Botanical Garden.[7] A house on Anini Beach was used as Tommy Korman's Hawaiian residence.[7][8] The film was initially rated R for language, and was edited to instead receive a PG-13 rating.[3]



A premiere event was held for the film at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on August 25, 1992.[9] The film was released theatrically on August 28, 1992.[3]



Box office


In the United States and Canada, Honeymoon in Vegas grossed $35.2 million at the box office, against a budget of $25 million[2] It opened at Number 1, and spent its first five weeks in the Top 10 at the domestic box office.[2]

Critical response


On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 64% of 36 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 6.4/10. The website's consensus reads: "Honeymoon in Vegas is a light screwball comedy that has just about what you expect (and nothing you don't)."[10] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 63 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable" reviews.[11]

Awards and nominations


At the 50th Golden Globe Awards, the film was nominated for Best Picture – Musical or Comedy, while Nicolas Cage was nominated for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.[12]



The soundtrack was composed mainly of covers of Elvis Presley songs performed by country and pop/rock artists.[13] The film is scored by David Newman.

Professional ratings
Review scores

Track listing

  1. "All Shook Up" – Billy Joel
  2. "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck" – Ricky Van Shelton
  3. "Love Me Tender" – Amy Grant
  4. "Burning Love" – Travis Tritt
  5. "Heartbreak Hotel" – Billy Joel
  6. "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" – Bryan Ferry
  7. "Suspicious Minds" – Dwight Yoakam
  8. "(You're the) Devil in Disguise" – Trisha Yearwood
  9. "Hound Dog" – Jeff Beck and Jed Leiber
  10. "That's All Right" – Vince Gill
  11. "Jailhouse Rock" – John Mellencamp
  12. "Blue Hawaii" – Willie Nelson
  13. "Can't Help Falling in Love" – Bono

Chart performance

Chart (1992) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 4
U.S. Billboard 200[15] 18
Canadian RPM Country Albums 6
Canadian RPM Top Albums 30


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[16] Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[17] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Other tracks featured in the film but not included on the soundtrack include "Viva Las Vegas" by Bruce Springsteen, "Jailhouse Rock", "That's All Right", "It's Now or Never" by Elvis Presley, and "La Donna è Mobile" by Franco Bonisolli.[18]

Stage adaptation


Bergman says when he finished the film he thought it might make a good musical. He was distracted making movies but then had open heart surgery in 2001. "When you have open-heart surgery, you say, what do I really want to do? What haven't I done? I thought it'd be great to do a musical."[1]

Jason Robert Brown, a composer, had always wanted to do Honeymoon as a musical and wrote some songs on spec. He and Bergman agreed to collaborate. "We certainly were looking to do a real book musical that isn't really done much anymore," said Bergman. We wanted the sound to be of the '60s and '70s—not that it's a throwback, but we wanted that sound. We wanted to be brassy, come and love us kind of show."[1]

A big change from the movie was the character of the mother was kept alive. "Having her recur is a great thing for the show," said Bergman. "It keeps her spirit alive and it keeps his mishigas alive. That was a real change."[1]

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.[19] However, the Toronto premiere was canceled,[20] and production was transferred to the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey instead with Danza remaining. The Paper Mill production opened on September 26, 2013, and ran through October 27.[21] The musical began previews on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre on November 18, 2014, and opened officially on January 15, 2015. Direction was by Gary Griffin with choreography by Denis Jones. The cast featured Tony Danza, Rob McClure, and Brynn O'Malley, who were also in the Paper Mill production.[22]

See also



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  2. ^ a b c "Honeymoon in Vegas". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved April 22, 2024.Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  4. ^ "Holiday in Hyannisport: A new woman in JFK Jr.'s life". USA Today. September 3, 1991.
  5. ^ "How to Get Married in Las Vegas". Yahoo!. August 12, 2016. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  6. ^ Gordon, William A. (1995). Shot on This Site: A Traveler's Guide to the Places and Locations Used to Film Famous Movies and TV Shows. Citadel Press. p. 239. ISBN 978-0-8065-1647-9. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
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  8. ^ Gardner, Terry (October 23, 2011). "Kauai remains a popular film location". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  9. ^ Higgins, Bill (August 27, 1992). "Viva Las Vegas! And Elvis!". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  10. ^ "Honeymoon in Vegas". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved April 22, 2024. Edit this at Wikidata
  11. ^ "Honeymoon in Vegas". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved April 22, 2024.
  12. ^ "Winners & Nominees 1993". GoldenGlobes.com. Retrieved June 23, 2023.[dead link]
  13. ^ Considine, J.D. (August 14, 1992). "'Honeymoon' artists capture energy, audacity of Elvis". The Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on June 20, 2021. Retrieved June 23, 2023.
  14. ^ Mansfield, Brian. "Honeymoon in Vegas". AllMusic. Retrieved June 23, 2023.
  15. ^ "Week of September 26, 1992". Billboard 200. Retrieved June 23, 2023.
  16. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Various Artists – Honeymoon in Vegas - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Music Canada. Retrieved December 7, 2022.
  17. ^ "American album certifications – Soundtrack – Honeymoon in Vegas". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 7, 2022.
  18. ^ "Honeymoon in Vegas". ringostrack.com. Retrieved June 23, 2023.
  19. ^ "Tony Danza to hit Broadway in 'Honeymoon in Vegas'". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Archived from the original on October 2, 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2012.
  20. ^ "Broadway-Bound Toronto Production of Honeymoon in Vegas Starring Tony Danza, Canceled". broadway.com. August 2, 2012.
  21. ^ Gans, Andrew (October 27, 2013). "Honeymoon in Vegas, Starring Tony Danza, Rob McClure and Brynn O'Malley, Ends Paper Mill Run Oct. 27". playbill.com. Archived from the original on June 18, 2014.
  22. ^ Gans, Andrew (June 18, 2014). "Honeymoon in Vegas Will Arrive on Broadway in November Initial Casting Announced". playbill.com. Archived from the original on June 22, 2014.