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Bugsy (1991)

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The story of how Bugsy Siegel started Las Vegas.

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Countess di Frasso
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Storyline

New York gangster Ben 'Bugsy' Siegel takes a brief business trip to Los Angeles. A sharp-dressing womaniser with a foul temper, Siegel doesn't hesitate to kill or maim anyone crossing him. In L.A. the life, the movies, and most of all strong-willed Virginia Hill detain him while his family wait back home. Then a trip to a run-down gambling joint at a spot in the desert known as Las Vegas gives him his big idea. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Glamour Was The Disguise.


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Rated R for violence, language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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20 December 1991 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$49,114,016 (USA)
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Trivia

In the late 1970s Jean-Luc Godard became obsessed with the story of Siegel and planned to make a movie about him. He wrote a screenplay called, simply, "The Story", and planned to cast Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton in the Siegel and Hill roles. He dropped this plan when Keaton lost interest and then turned his attention to Every Man for Himself (1980) as his return to commercial filmmaking. An excerpt from his draft of the script can be found in the 1985 edition of the book "Godard on Godard." See more »

Goofs

Virginia shoots all the ammo in Bugsy's .45 pistol; when the last round is fired the slide should stay in the "open" position rather then the "closed" position which it stays in. --This is factually one of the most common malfunctions on a semi-automatic pistol, that the slide stop fails to correctly lock the slide back on the pistol when the magazine is empty.-- See more »

Quotes

"Bugsy" Siegel: [talking to Cohen after Cohen robbed him] Well, if I were you, I'd have that money back by seven o'clock tonight.
Mickey Cohen: [shouting] FUCK YOU! Lookit me, FUCK YOU! And if I was you I'd shut my fuckin' mouth and watch my step! Yeah, *you*, Smiley! Or would ya like me to blow your fuckin' Adam's apple down your spine?
"Bugsy" Siegel: [calmly] Excuse me, but arent' we in a public place? Maybe we'd both be better off if you just toned down your rhetoric one notch.
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Referenced in Animaniacs: Video Review/When Mice Ruled the Earth (1993) See more »

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THERE I'VE SAID IT AGAIN!
(1945)
Written by Redd Evans & David Mann
Performed by Vaughn Monroe
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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A Nutshell Review: Bugsy (DVD, 1991)
19 December 2005 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

After staying at the Las Vegas Flamingo, and spending a substantial amount of time browsing through the artifacts of old Vegas at the Las Vegas History Museum at the Tropicana Hotel, this is one movie I wanted to watch when I got back. Not that I'm a fan of Warren Beatty (I only watched his Dick Tracy movie), but I'm interested in the Hollywood retelling of Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel's story.

For the uninitiated, Siegel was a gangster, who loves his family, but is as horny as he can get. He falls in love with the Hollywood glamour and life, and comes to know his new mistress, a starlet called Virginia Hill (Annette Bening), who's known in some circles as the village bicycle - everyone's had a ride.

Seigel shares a love-hate relationship with Hill, and it is always bumpy. And little does he know that this love will ultimately cause his downfall and demise. Love aside, there's also plenty of scenes that shows Siegel's violent nature (hey, he's a gangster), and scenes too that highlights his disregard for money - he spends lavishly. There's a subplot about Mussolini too, which highlights Seigel's eccentricity.

But he does have a vision, and that was having the foresight of predicting how Las Vegas would become as important as can be, with the erection of the Hoover Dam to provide it with electricity. He's the one with the vision of creating something in the middle of the desert, which we know today as the Strip, with casinos, hotels, and entertainment from class acts. His vision started off as The Flamingo hotel, which over blew its budget by almost 5 million dollars (at that time). Of course, when you're dealing with mob money, you'd better be careful, as they become impatient with his grander vision of controlling a casino, city, state, and ultimately having the power to influence presidential elections.

Directed by Barry Levinson, Bugsy is the tale of that one man's vision. It's well acted, with a superb supporting cast. Keeping true to the finale, watch out for that flying eye too. And yes, Beatty and Bening met on set, and married thereafter.

Sadly, this Code 1 DVD contains no special extras.


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