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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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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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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$49,114,016 (USA)
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Trivia

Harvey Keitel, who plays Mickey Cohen in this film, portrayed Siegel in the 1974 TV movie Virginia Hill (1974). See more »

Goofs

The film takes several key historical liberties, especially with the Flamingo and Bugsy's dealings with his fellow mobsters. See more »

Quotes

Cab Driver: That's Bugsy Siegel's house.
Harry Greenberg: He doesn't like that name.
Cab Driver: Everybody calls him that.
Harry Greenberg: Not to his face, they don't.
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OLE BUTTERMILK SKY
(1946)
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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too bad Martin Scorsese didn't make it
9 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Can anything new be added to the seemingly endless cycle of big screen gangster movies? Maybe not, judging by this lavish, overlong tribute to mobster Ben 'Bugsy' Siegal. In a role perhaps written with Warren Beatty in mind, the title character is presented as a charming, vain, lecherous wannabe actor with a weakness for Hollywood glamour, which if true would make this film his dream come true. Typical for director Barry Levinson it's a big, glossy production, well cast with reliable talent and tailor made for Oscar consideration, with plenty of domestic melodrama and backstage romance, plus a memorable, histrionic death scene for its star. The script by James Toback opens strong, but fatally softens Siegal's lethal character (after only one frightening temper tantrum) by concentrating more on the underworld myth of the man who 'discovered' Las Vegas. Even more damaging is the heavy-handed comedy, which drags the film away from its subject into something uncomfortably close to parody.


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