Theme Times – Nicolas Cage

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Nicolas Kim Coppola (born January 7, 1964), known professionally as Nicolas Cage, is an American actor and filmmaker. During his early career, Cage starred in a variety of films such as Valley Girl (1983), Racing with the Moon (1984), Birdy (1984), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Raising Arizona (1987), Moonstruck (1987), Vampire’s Kiss (1989), Wild at Heart (1990), Fire Birds (1990), Honeymoon in Vegas (1992), and Red Rock West (1993).

Cage received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance as an alcoholic Hollywood writer in Leaving Las Vegas (1995) before coming to the attention of wider audiences with mainstream films, such as The Rock (1996), Face/Off (1997), Con Air (1997) and City of Angels (1998). He earned his second Academy Award nomination for his performance as Charlie and Donald Kaufman in Adaptation (2002). He also directed the film Sonny (2002), for which he was nominated for Grand Special Prize at Deauville Film Festival. Cage owns the production company Saturn Films and has produced films such as Shadow of the Vampire (2000) and The Life of David Gale (2003).

He has also appeared in National Treasure (2004), Lord of War (2005), Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009), and Kick-Ass (2010). Films such as Ghost Rider (2007) and Knowing (2009) were box office successes. In the 2010s, he has starred in The Croods (2013), Joe (2014), Mom and Dad (2018), Mandy (2018), and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), and appeared as narrator in the documentary Love, Antosha (2019).

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Nicolas Cage

I have been a fan of Nicolas Cage for a good many years, he is one actor l have a lot of time for. He has done a lot films and more so in the process of paying off his debts, not ALL of his films therefore and understandably are 100% brilliant. At the height of his career he was worth an estimated $150 million, sadly that is not the case anymore as of 2019, figures are believed to be around the $25 million, which is still a darn sight more than you and me! What l like about Cage is his method acting passion and his intensity. The film director David Lynch described him as “the jazz musician of American acting”.

For me as a devout fan of his, it’s been hard to pick 15 of his best. Are you a fan of his also? If so what are your favourite films, and if not, what is it that you don’t like about his films or his acting, or is it just him.

Now l am dedicating this Theme Time Bio to Cheryl of The Bag Lady who also happens to be a fan of his work.

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Nicolas Cage

1997

Just-paroled army ranger Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) is headed back to his wife (Monica Potter), but must fly home aboard a prison transport flight dubbed “Jailbird” with some of the worst criminals living. Along with Diamond Dog (Ving Rhames) and Baby-O (Mykelti Williamson), genius serial killer Cyrus “The Virus” Grissom (John Malkovich) unleashes a violent escape plot in mid-flight. Secretly working with U.S. Marshall Vince Larkin (John Cusack), Poe tries to foil Grissom’s plan.

1995

Adapted from the novel by John O’Brien, this acclaimed drama follows alcoholic screenwriter Ben Sanderson (Nicolas Cage) as he drinks himself into oblivion in Las Vegas. When Ben meets the beautiful prostitute Sera (Elisabeth Shue), they strike up an unconventional relationship — one where she can’t ask him to curb his drinking, and he can’t fault her for her job. Though they offer each other support, Ben’s self-destruction threatens to eclipse their bond.

2009

Terence McDonagh (Nicolas Cage) isn’t doing so well. He has a nasty painkiller addiction, courtesy of an injury he sustained while rescuing a prisoner during Hurricane Katrina. Plus, there’s his alcoholic father (Tom Bower), boozy wife (Jennifer Coolidge) and prostitute girlfriend (Eva Mendes). And, he’s just been saddled with a rookie partner (Shawn Hatosy). Now Terence must pull himself back from the edge of insanity to investigate a series of murders that has the city on edge.

1997

Obsessed with bringing terrorist Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) to justice, FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) tracks down Troy, who has boarded a plane in Los Angeles. After the plane crashes and Troy is severely injured, possibly dead, Archer undergoes surgery to remove his face and replace it with Troy’s. As Archer tries to use his disguise to elicit information about a bomb from Troy’s brother, Troy awakes from a coma and forces the doctor who performed the surgery to give him Archer’s face.

1987

Fast-paced farce about an unlikely pair who go to extreme lengths to have a child. When an incompetent robber marries a policewoman, they discover that they are infertile. In order to appease his wife’s longings for a child, the man steals one of a set of quintuplets, but mayhem ensues when the child’s rich father sends a rabbit-shooting bounty hunter after the kidnapper.

2003

Roy (Nicolas Cage), a depressed con artist with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and Frank (Sam Rockwell), his partner, find their line of work complicated by the arrival of Roy’s teenage daughter, Angela (Alison Lohman). Angela brings some spirit back into Roy’s life, and some of his disorder symptoms seem to disappear. But when Angela wants to learn the family business, and Roy allows her to assist on a big scam concerning a businessmen (Bruce McGill), he reconsiders his parenting techniques.

2005

The 20-year arms dealing career of Queens, N.Y., outcast Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage) serves as a window onto the end of the Cold War and the emergence of worldwide terrorism. He finds himself reassuring his more ethically challenged younger brother, Vitaly (Jared Leto), while adeptly sidestepping the pursuit of federal agent Jack Lawrence (Ethan Hawke). The globetrotting arms dealer also pursues the woman of his dreams, supermodel Ava Fontaine (Bridget Moynahan).

2004

Historian and code-breaker Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) has been searching his whole life for a rumored treasure dating back to the creation of the United States. Joining an expedition led by fellow treasure hunter Ian Howe (Sean Bean), Gates finds an ice-locked Colonial ship in the Arctic Circle that contains a clue linking the treasure to the Declaration of Independence. But when Howe betrays him, Gates has to race to get to the document ahead of his so-called colleague.

1996

FBI chemical warfare expert Stanley Goodspeed (Nicolas Cage) is sent on an urgent mission with a former British spy, John Patrick Mason (Sean Connery), to stop Gen. Francis X. Hummel (Ed Harris) from launching chemical weapons on Alcatraz Island into San Francisco. Gen. Hummel demands $100 million in war reparations to be paid to the families of slain servicemen who died on covert operations. After their SEAL team is wiped out, Stanley and John deal with the soldiers on their own.

2002

Nicolas Cage is Charlie Kaufman, a confused L.A. screenwriter overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, sexual frustration, self-loathing, and by the screenwriting ambitions of his freeloading twin brother Donald (Nicolas Cage). While struggling to adapt “The Orchid Thief,” by Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep), Kaufman’s life spins from pathetic to bizarre. The lives of Kaufman, Orlean’s book, become strangely intertwined as each one’s search for passion collides with the others’.

1990

After serving prison time for a self-defense killing, Sailor Ripley (Nicolas Cage) reunites with girlfriend Lula Fortune (Laura Dern). Lula’s mother, Marietta (Diane Ladd), desperate to keep them apart, hires a hit man to kill Sailor. But he finds a whole new set of troubles when he and Bobby Peru (Willem Dafoe), an old buddy who’s also out to get Sailor, try to rob a store. When Sailor lands in jail yet again, the young lovers appear further than ever from the shared life they covet.

1994

Doug Chesnic (Nicolas Cage), an agent with the Secret Service Uniformed Division, is assigned to protect former first lady Tess Carlisle (Shirley MacLaine). Chesnic finds the job demeaning and a challenge because of Tess’ high-maintenance personality and petty demands. He’s desperate to get another assignment, but she insists that he remain head of her security detail, using her influence with the current president to get her way. When she’s kidnapped, however, Chesnic’s feelings change.

1984

Birdy (Matthew Modine) returns from the Vietnam War scarred from the horrific experiences of battle. He is so damaged by what he saw that he has shut himself off from reality completely, imaging that he is actually a bird. Birdy is confined to a mental hospital, where the doctors are at a loss as to how to treat him. In an attempt to help, Al (Nicolas Cage), his best friend from high school — and who was also in Vietnam — visits him every day to try and get through to him.

2000

A car thief is forced to steal 50 luxury vehicles in one night in order to save the life of his brother, who has fallen foul of a dangerous crime lord. Once the most successful car thief in California, he must reassemble his old gang to fulfil the almost impossible mission. His task is further hampered by a rival band of thieves and, of course, the local police.

1998

This is the story of Seth (Nicolas Cage), an angel who wanders the Los Angeles area invisible to humans. As the demise of an individual approaches, he spends time near them and becomes visible while acting as their traveling companion during their trip to the great hereafter. His discovery of distraught heart surgeon Maggie (Meg Ryan) inspires him to forego his immortality and exist on earth with her as a feeling and mortal entity.

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So there we folks, Nicolas Cage – so, fan or not?

29 thoughts on “Theme Times – Nicolas Cage

    1. Hey Penny – awesome sauce 🙂

      Yeah l agree, some of the roles he has been in l think are a drain on his talent, but he has always given his uttermost to every role he has taken – just some of the films were destined to not be 1005 success, but not through any fault of his, just poorer scripts.

      1. I agree. But many wonderful actors got thier starts with terrible scripts. One thatcomes to mind is Steve Martin. Remember “the man with 2 brains”? He had some terrible roles!

  1. Secondly, since I hit send too quickly, I never cared for Leaving Las Vegas but all others I loved. I’m not picky or a critic, I like certain characters and most of the ones he plays. I also like the odd movies such as Raising Arizona, one of my all time favorites. Thanks for choosing him!♡

    1. I totally agree, there have been a few of his films l have liked totally, and l do also agree with the one you have voiced here, LLV, didn’t really do anything for me 🙂

      Raising Arizona, quirky, Cage delivers quirky exceedingly well 🙂

      I loved Guarding Tess with Shirley for the humour, but above everything else, l love his diversity 🙂

  2. Like him lots. Favorites are Valley Girl, Wild at Heart, and Leaving Las Vegas. I thought Elisabeth Shue and Cage both did fantastic work in LLV. Sorry to disagree. Now I am craving a rewatch!

    1. LLV didn’t do anything for me, but l did like Shue and Cage together – l like both in their own rights, but l did enjoy them together also 🙂

      I like Shue a lot as well, mm, reminds me perhaps another bio, l have always liked her and she also takes on some very quirky roles 🙂

  3. I liked City Of Angels, Gone In 60 Seconds and the National Treasure movies were good. I’m kinda meh about Nick Cage. He’s okay, but not my favorite.
    Did you know he also had a small part in Fast Times At Ridgemont High? He is credited as Nicholas Coppola.

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