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

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20 December 1991 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$49,114,016 (USA)
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Trivia

The idea that Bugsy Siegel dreamed up the Las Vegas Strip on his own is only partly true. The Flamingo was the third major property on the Las Vegas Strip (behind the El Rancho and Last Frontier), and it wasn't even originally Bugsy's idea. The idea for the Flamingo came from degenerate gambler Billy Wilkerson, who intended to model it after his Los Angeles nightclubs. Siegel became Wilkerson's partner and eventually took over the project. He later injected a lot of his own ideas into the project, but the original idea was not his. See more »

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When "selling" the concept of Las Vegas to the other mobsters, Bugsy states that "when Hoover Dam opens up", there will be power for air conditioning. The scene takes place in the mid 1940's and Hoover Dam had already been producing power since the late 1930's. See more »

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Harry Greenberg: [Ben "Bugsy" Siegel is taking the train from New York to LA. Harry Greenberg, among those seeing him off, stayed behind to ask Ben for $50,000. Train starts in motion] You ain't gonna kill me Ben, are you?
"Bugsy" Siegel: [Ben gives him money] I'm going to try very hard to forget that this ever happened.
Harry Greenberg: I owe you my life, Ben.
"Bugsy" Siegel: I'd say that's a fair assessment.
Harry Greenberg: God bless you Ben.
"Bugsy" Siegel: Bend your knees, Harry.
Harry Greenberg: Bend my knees?
"Bugsy" Siegel: When you jump from the train, bend your knees to soften the impact.
Harry Greenberg: Bend my knees. OK Ben. Sure...
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CANDY
(1944)
Music by Alex Kramer
Lyrics by Mack David and Joan Whitney
Performed by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford
Courtesy of Capitol Records
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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The Definitive Biopic
25 April 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Winner of two Oscars (and nominated for many more), Bugsy is a tour DE force in the area of biography on film. It is the definitive film of it's genre for the 1990s and on.I love the biographical film genre for many reasons. First of all, they offer a glimpse of what life was for people we all know, and in many cases wish we could be. Secondly, most of the time you know the outcome of the story. The main character dies, makes millions, goes to jail etc. With out the pressure of guessing the ending, the viewer is free to concentrate on the film as a whole, and thus, enjoy it totally. Bugsy Seigel's world holds film appeal for two reasons. First, and most obvious, is that he was a gangster. Gangster movies have held the attention of the movie going public since the 1920s. Secondly,he was in Hollywood in the 1940's, possibly the most glamorous decade Tinseltown ever saw.Director Barry Levinson managed to take these two very different, yet very intoxicating styles and stories to create a heady blend that produced what may be the best biopic made. Levinson's and writer James Toback's genius was in the decision to forgo the usual hodgepodge of life events, in favor of making what is essentially a love story.The focus of the film is essentially the tempestuous love affair between Siegel and Virginia Hill, with the secondary plot being the creation of Vegas as we know it today from Benny's vision of the Flamingo.The best acting by far was by Benning. She was so into her character that if I had not known before hand who she was, I would never had known. Her sassy,passionate and jealous personality creates fireworks on the screen. It is easy to see that this is where Benning and Beatty met and fell in love. They have a chemistry that I have not seen equaled since Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy were still making movies. Beatty's performance is stellar as well,he seems at ease in the personification of the first celebrity gangster, and is completely believable in his desperation near the end. All the supporting players, Keitel, Kingsley and Gould especially were amazing as the famous crime figures they portrayed. My one complaint on the casting side is Joe Montagna's George Raft. Why he is continually allowed to appear as and thus insult the memory of famous screen personalities is beyond me. (All though he is not nearly as horrible here as he was as Dean Martin in "The Rat Pack"). To compliment the intense fireworks both romantic and violent, a bright visual style is incorporated. The sleek look is total 1940's, and the cinematography is genius (notably the shot with Benny and Virginia's first kiss.) Everything meshes together beautifully to create a gem among films. This is a film about a man of extreme vision and passion, and it is a must to see if only to appreciate the beauty of a job well done.


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