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Bugsy (1991)

R  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  20 December 1991 (USA)
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The story of how Bugsy Siegel started Las Vegas.

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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 {J-26}

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Glamour Was The Disguise.

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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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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Bagzi  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$49,114,016 (USA)
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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 »

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After Siegel (allegedly) murders Greenburg, and as the car containing him and Virginia Hill begins to pull away, you can see in the right rear fender the reflections of two people. One is easy to identify as a human figure, the other looks like someone is possibly hunched over. See more »

Quotes

"Bugsy" Siegel: Joey, listen. I think you owe both of us an apology for the name that you called Virginia.
Joey Adonis: Yeah? Well, you can suck that apology right out of my dick.
"Bugsy" Siegel: Joey, what words to say. Put it out, then. All right, you know what? I'll pull mine out first. Watch. Here we go...
"Bugsy" Siegel: [unzips pants, then punches Joey in the face and beats him severely, then stops] Joey, can ya hear me? You're lucky I didn't have a lot to drink tonight. Your apology is accepted.
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TANGA, RUMBA-AFRO-CUBANA
(1945)
Written by Mario Bauza
Performed by Machito's Orchestra, Flip Phillips, Soloist
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products, a division of PolyGram Group Distribution Inc.
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The heyday of mafioso
22 December 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An autobiographical feature focused on the LA period of life of notorious gangster Ben "Bugsy" Siegel (Warren Beatty), together with his ill-fated investment into the creation of what would become the Las Vegas gambling empire. Closely following this period of his life creates a screen version of the Ben Siegel character, which now probably dominates general perception. Warren Beatty gives Bugsy a measurable charm and a degree of intellectual flair, which may not necessarily comply with the portrayal of his person of the times.

Known as being well acquainted with Hollywood circles, he was also described as being ruthless and apt for aggressive compulsive behaviours. Certain such aspects do feature in the opening sequences, but increasingly into the picture Bugsy is shown as calm, collected and focused on his public image. Fatefully he is also drawn as a sort of mafia dreamer, whose vision far exceeded that of other mafioso of the time, thus being key behind the over-budgeted exuberance of building "The Flamingo", thus becoming the basis for creating the economic power that is Las Vegas. At the time however his input was ridiculed, ultimately leading to his death due to overspending of mafia money (albeit truth be told the role of William Wilkerson is absolutely ignored giving Bugsy the sole credit for building Las Vegas).

Warren Beatty also offers his strong presence to further romanticise Bugsy Siegel, mostly through to his dedicated love affair with minor actress Virginia Hill (Annette Bening). With some historic liberties in place Bugsy is shown as a somewhat obsessed and head-over-heels blind lover, who falls over for the wrong girl, thus bringing about his downfall. This almost idyllic portrayal of one of America's most ruthless criminals would have to be its biggest flaw, thus creating a image well in tune with the American dream, but much detached from the bloody and dirty details behind mafia. Overall a pretty darn good film, but somewhat discredited by overly idolising and overstating Ben Siegel as a hopeless dreamer and sole mastermind behind Las Vegas.


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