Lepke (1975)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  23 May 1975 (USA)
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Tony Curtis stars as Lepke, head of Murder Inc., the syndicate that spattered the headlines of the day with blood.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernice Meyer
Robert Kane
Warren Berlinger ...
Gurrah Shapiro
Mary Charlotte Wilcox ...
Mr. Meyer
Jack Ackerman ...
Little Augie
Louis Guss ...
Max Rubin
Vaughn Meader ...
Lillian Adams ...
Mama Meyer
Albert Cole ...
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Tony Curtis stars as Lepke, head of Murder Inc., the syndicate that spattered the headlines of the day with blood.

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He was the king of crime when crime was king.


Biography | Drama


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23 May 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Big Boss  »

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Photographs of both real life gangsters and the actors playing their screen personas appeared on black-and-white film posters for the movie. Mobsters both real and reel seen on the movie posters included Lucky Luciano, Vito Genovese, Albert Anastasia, Louis Lepke (Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter), Gurrah Shapiro, Bugsy Siegel, Dutch Schultz and Frank Costello. See more »


Throughout the movie, Lepke wears a clearly obvious 1970s hairstyle, including moderate sideburns, even though time frame of the film is the 1920s through the early 1940s. It is even obvious that he is wearing hairspray, a product that didn't become available until the 1950s, and wasn't commonly used by men until the late 1960s at the earliest. See more »


[Lepke's last words before the FBI takes him in for questioning.]
Lepke: Call Bernice. Tell her I'm gonna be a little late for dinner.
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Referenced in The Joyriders (1975) See more »

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Poor Tony Curtis
31 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sorry, I can not agree with fans who think this film is any good. It was a cheap rip-off of the gangster movies being made in the 1970s. Tony Curtis tries his best, but he just doesn't come across as a cold-blood killer. He looks bloated and this movie was just another in a series of lousy bombs he made from 1970 and on.

The movie was very cheaply made. The shootouts were very fake, most of the acting was cheesy and way over the top. Curtis is red-faced half the movie and generally seems embarrassed by the whole thing. The only 2 good-points of this failure was the great movie poster and the beautiful and sexy Mary Wilcox. If you're a fan of Tony Curtis, do yourself and him a favor and skip this stinker and rent Sweet Smell of Success or Some Like it Hot.

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