In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row.
Philip Seymour Hoffman,
Clifton Collins Jr.,
Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison. His book, "From the Inside", upon which the film is based, was a best-seller.
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
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Most Critics Loved or at least Liked this Overrated Movie with multiple Oscar Nominations and two Wins, a strong Cast and a good Director. It looks Fantastic and the Period is perfect. It is a Movie that is distant while trying to be very Up-Close and Personal. Warren Beatty's relentlessly Manic Portrayal of the Infamous Mobster is breathless and forced.
Things are brought along with a lot of Dialog, most of it sharp and sometimes funny, but most times Bugsy is ranting or spouting in such a deliberate, speedy, and powerful pace that it is exhausting. Especially when He is Sparring with His Lover. The Movie hardly ever slows down and it drains the Life right off the Screen.
It is unyielding and lets what could have been a strong Character run amok. There are some good Supporting Roles that are a relief when the spotlight is on them, which isn't often. The Worst though, is Joe Mantegna completely miscast as George Raft. They just let Beatty, in Hyper-Drive steer the thing and it goes off the road more than once.
Worth a view, but take a deep breath, because once this thing starts it will suck the Oxygen from the room.
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