Watched this the other day and it's one of the most depressing films I've ever seen but loved it at the same time. I normally hate Nicholas Cage as well but think he is brilliant in this. Think he won an Oscar for it too. It's a fairly oldish movie now but portrays a vivid reality of alcoholism and doesn't have that usual Las Vegas glam you with with other films set there.
It's certainly not filed in the Feelgood section, is it?
I mentally file it with Wild at Heart
in the Remember When Nicholas Cage Appeared In Films Worth Watching category.
Great performance by Elizabeth Shue as well. Who would have guessed that a clean-living gal like the Karate Kid's girlfriend would end up on the game, eh?