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Bugsy (1991)

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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 December 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bagzi  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)


$49,114,016 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film shows Siegel watching a screen test of himself. In real life, Bugsy Siegel made many friends amongst the Hollywood elite, asked for and had a screen test. The footage no longer exists, like so many other screen tests, yet the legend of Siegel's attempt to break into showbiz lives on. See more »


On opening night at the Flamingo when Ben is called back to Los Angeles; Mickey Cohen is in the casino. After Ben arrives in L.A., Mickey (apparently) drives him from the airport to the house. See more »


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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Referenced in Animaniacs: Video Review/When Mice Ruled the Earth (1993) See more »


Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Jack Brooks
Performed by Kay Kyser and His Orchestra with Mike Douglas and The Campus Kids
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Underrated, yes; epic, not quite.
20 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bugsy is a typical gangster/mob movie; it has got the wise guys, the families, the family problems, and a tragic flaw in the protagonist. It is also 2 1/2 hours long, which you should expect with any biopic anyway, but I think it can get a little tedious in some areas. First off, Warren Beatty is brilliant, and there is no question in my mind that it was anything less than perfection. His supporting cast's performances were excellent as well including those of Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, and Annette Bening. The film probably deserved all the Oscar nominations it received, but, with the exceptions of Beatty's performance and a couple technical awards, nothing deserved the Oscar. However, I do not want to give a bad impression of this film because it does deserve some approbation.

The story of Bugsy Siegel is indeed a true story. Siegel was a New York Jewish gangster, who moved out to L.A., and one thing led to another and resulted in Bugsy building the Flamingo hotel and casino in the middle of the desert. This is the man who put Las Vegas on the map. Bugsy (by the way, don't call him Bugsy to face) is very insane. Also, Kingsley's character gets to introduce Bugsy's tragic flaw: he doesn't "respect" money. This combination makes one very unique mobster that I can not compare to any other. Just wait for the scene relating to dogs and pigs; I don't want to reveal anymore because this is where Beatty shines.

Virginia Hill (Bening) is a cookie cutter actress going steady with one of Siegel's or somebody else's soldiers. Bugsy starts to look fondly on her, and thus starts the romance. There should be no surprise whatsoever since they're married in real life, but Beatty and Bening do have great chemistry on screen. Their relationship brings out a lot of fun in the film.

Again, Bugsy is a tragedy. I don't think that's spoiling it since you can learn that somewhere on the Internet, but I do want to let you know what you're getting into. It is a very interesting story with a few laughs and some irony here and there. Barry Levinson made a well-constructed film that flows very nicely and only lacks where I assume the screenplay does. I would not say it is at the caliber of Goodfellas or The Godfather Trilogy, but, all in all, it is a pretty decent movie.

I highly recommend that you definitely see it.

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