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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 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 »


In Virginia's "fear of flying" scene at the airport, there is an airplane hangar with a sign for "Mobil" attached to it. The "Mobil" design seen was not introduced until the late 1950s. The movie is set in the mid-1940s, and the design that would have been used at that time was Mobil's logo of a white shield with large red Pegasus (flying horse) trademark and the name "Mobilgas" in black. See more »


"Bugsy" Siegel: Meyer, we have known each other since we were too young to fuck.
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Written by Joe McCoy
Performed by Peggy Lee
Courtesy of Capitol Records
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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Beauty with a Capital B
9 June 2000 | by (California) – See all my reviews

A big elegant movie, beautiful in every sense of the word, a fascinating story of the man who created Las Vegas and Warren Beatty is perfect in this movie. If you're not a huge fan of his, as I am not, you'll still appreciate the great talents of this star who is not necessarily known for his acting prowess. He is a joy to watch with the gorgeous Annette Bening Beatty. They have a great chemistry and all the actors involved were fantastic, there were many oscar nominations for all aspects of this film, acting, costumes, best film, best director, but when I saw that that Elliott Gould was not nominated for his wonderfully moving performance as Harry Greenberg, I was very surprised. Maybe it was just too small of a role. But it's a movie to be savoured and worth seeing on DVD, if anything just to appreciate the stunning photography.

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