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Bugsy -- Warren Beatty and Annette Bening star in the incredible true story of the playboy mobster who betrayed the Mafia for love.
Bugsy -- The story of how Bugsy Siegel started Las Vegas.


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20 December 1991 (USA) See more »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 25 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Warren Beatty ... Bugsy Siegel

Annette Bening ... Virginia Hill

Harvey Keitel ... Mickey Cohen

Ben Kingsley ... Meyer Lansky

Elliott Gould ... Harry Greenberg

Joe Mantegna ... George
Richard C. Sarafian ... Jack Dragna (as Richard Sarafian)

Bebe Neuwirth ... Countess di Frasso
Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi ... Count di Frasso

Wendy Phillips ... Esta Siegel
Stefanie Mason ... Millicent Siegel

Kimberly McCullough ... Barbara Siegel
Andy Romano ... Del Webb

Robert Beltran ... Alejandro
Bill Graham ... Charlie Luciano
Lewis Van Bergen ... Joey Adonis
Joseph Roman ... Moe Sedway

James Toback ... Gus Greenbaum
Don Carrara ... Vito Genovese
Carmine Caridi ... Frank Costello

Don Calfa ... Louie Dragna
Robert Glaudini ... Dominic
Bryan Smith ... Chick Hill

Ray McKinnon ... David Hinton

Eric Christmas ... Ronald the Butler
Joe Baker ... Lawrence Tibbett
John C. Moskoff ... Sulka's Salesman
Ralph Tabakin ... Elevator Operator

Debrah Farentino ... Girl in Elevator

Anthony Russell ... Jerry the Bookie

Wendie Malick ... Woman on Train
DeVera Marcus ... Fan at Train Station
Ksenia Prohaska ... Marlene Dietrich
Peter Giuliano ... 'Manpower' Assistant Director
Austin Kelly ... Manpower' Maitre D'
Michael Kenner ... 'Manpower' Clapper Boy
Bruce Ed Morrow ... D.A. McWilde (as Bruce E. Morrow)
Clive Rosengren ... Deputy D.A. Hartman

Gary McGurk ... Tony the Waiter
Gerard Joseph McKenna ... Ciro's Photographer
Paul Roache ... Taxi Driver
Tommy Townsend ... Federal Marshal

Steven Maines ... Federal Marshal (as Steven D. Maines)

Traci Lind ... Natalie St. Clair
David H. Hebble ... Cadillac Driver
Michael Sollenberger ... Bond Rally Speaker
Jamie Angell ... Courthouse Guard
Julie Christensen ... Ciros Singer
Susan Rumor ... Ciros Singer
Lloyd Baskin ... Ciros Singer
Hal Melia ... Ciros Singer
Fred Lehto ... Ciros Singer
Kal David ... Ciros Singer
Albina Bocchicchio ... Ciros Singer
Cathleen Crone ... Ciros Singer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lena Banks ... Thugs Moll (uncredited)
Robert Beecher ... 'Manpower' Director (uncredited)
Kathy Brolly ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Anne Gaybis ... Mambo Dancer (uncredited)

Sheila Lussier ... Camera Girl (uncredited)

Joel Rogers ... Irish Mobster Gambler (uncredited)
Karen Russell ... Dancer (uncredited)
Bee Sedway ... Las Vegas Mob consultant (uncredited)

Frederick Weller ... Architect Assistant (uncredited)

Directed by
Barry Levinson 
Writing credits
James Toback (written by)

Dean Jennings (book "We Only Kill Each Other: The Life and Bad Times of Bugsy Siegel") (research source)

Produced by
Warren Beatty .... producer
Mark Johnson .... producer
Barry Levinson .... producer
Charles Newirth .... co-producer
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Cinematography by
Allen Daviau (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Christopher Holmes (extended version)
Stu Linder 
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
Production Design by
Dennis Gassner 
Art Direction by
Leslie McDonald 
Set Decoration by
Nancy Haigh 
Costume Design by
Albert Wolsky 
Makeup Department
Henry Alvarez .... crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Rob Bottin .... special makeup effects
James Clark .... crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Hallie D'Amore .... key makeup artist
Fernando Favila .... crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Kathryn Fenton .... makeup artist (as Kathryn Miles Kelly)
Lynda Gurasich .... special hair stylist
J. Roy Helland .... key hair stylist
Shawn McKay .... hair stylist
Cheri Minns .... special makeup artist
Matthew W. Mungle .... makeup artist
Art Pimentel .... crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Russell Shinkle .... crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Loren Soman .... crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Charles Blackman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Ken Diaz .... makeup designer: Harvey Keitel (uncredited)
Vincent Prentice .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Allegra Clegg .... post-production supervisor
Charles Newirth .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Bamber .... second second assistant director
Kate Davey .... second second assistant director
Peter Giuliano .... first assistant director
Gabriela Vázquez .... second assistant director (as Gabriela Vazquez)
Art Department
Steve Arnold .... assistant art director
Paige Augustine .... set dresser
Craig B. Ayers Sr. .... greensman
Thomas E. Brown .... paint supervisor (as Thomas Brown)
Linda Cathey .... swing gang
Michael Crowley .... general foreman (as Michael Alan Crowley)
Robert E. Denne .... standby painter (as Bob Denne)
Charles Faithorn .... swing gang
Robert Fechtman .... assistant art director
Justin Garcia .... general foreman
Claire Gaul .... set dresser
Robert Greenfield .... leadman
Joe Griffith .... production illustrator (as Joseph F. Griffith Jr.)
Rainer G. Gruetzmacher .... general foreman
William G. Hall .... general foreman
Lawrence A. Hubbs .... set designer
Douglas Keith .... general foreman
Martin Kohn .... art department coordinator
Leslie 'Tinker' Linville .... set dresser (as Tinker Linville)
Guy A. MacLaury .... construction coordinator
Jerry Moss .... property master
Deborah Newman .... property assistant
Grant Osborn .... paint foreman
James Passanante .... paint foreman
Ken Peterson .... assistant property master
Phil Read .... construction coordinator
Paul M. Rohrbaugh III .... paint foreman
Gerald Scaife .... set estimator
Chris L. Spellman .... swing gang (as Chris Spellman)
Mike Brooks .... propmaker (uncredited)
Larry Clark .... general foreman (uncredited)
Cary Conway .... painter (uncredited)
Gina B. Cranham .... set designer (uncredited)
Roger L. King .... property maker (uncredited)
Jim Landis .... set dresser (uncredited)
Greg Sanger .... assistant property master (uncredited)
B.J. Smith .... construction medic: los Angeles (uncredited)
Gary Stel .... laborer (uncredited)
Mark Weber .... carpenter (uncredited)
John L. Wood Jr. .... propmaker (uncredited)
Tim Worman .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
C.J. Appel .... adr editor
Kay Kyser Band .... sound (as Kay Kyser and His Orchestra)
Richard Beggs .... re-recording mixer
Richard Beggs .... sound designer
Laurie Bernard .... assistant: sound designer
Gloria S. Borders .... supervising sound editor
Christopher Boyes .... foley recordist
Willie D. Burton .... sound mixer
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer (as Bob Deschaine)
Noreen Farrell .... assistant sound editor
Stacey A. Foiles .... dialogue editor (as Stacey Foiles)
Clare C. Freeman .... foley editor
Scott Guitteau .... assistant sound editor
Robert W. Harris .... cableman
Tim Holland .... sound effects editor
David Jobe .... adr recordist
Tom Johnson .... re-recording mixer
Hael Kobayashi .... assistant sound editor
Robert Marty .... assistant sound editor (as Bob Marty)
Marnie Moore .... foley artist
Philip Olbrantz .... assistant sound editor (as Phil Olbrantz)
Franco Patrignani .... sound engineer: Forum Studio-Rome
Claire Sanfilippo .... assistant sound editor
Paige Sartorius .... dialogue editor
Robert Shoup .... sound effects editor (as Bob Shoup)
Dianna Stirpe .... assistant sound editor
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
Pam Uzzell .... assistant sound editor
Ethan Van der Ryn .... foley editor
Fabio Venturi .... assistant sound engineer: Forum Studio-Rome
Marian Wilde .... supervising foley editor
James Allen .... re-recordist (uncredited)
Marvin E. Lewis .... boom operator (uncredited)
John Rotondi .... sound engineer: Y4 (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Roland Blancaflor .... special effects technician: Rob Bottin Productions
Marvin Gardner .... special effects
Adam Gelbart .... modelmaker
William D. Harrison .... special effects foreman (as William Harrison)
Clay Pinney .... special effects supervisor
John S. Baker .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Bill Bennett .... miniatures photographer (uncredited)
John Cassel .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Joshua Pinney .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Tom Griep .... model maker: Stetson Visual Services, Inc.
Ian Hunter .... chief model maker: Stetson Visual Services, Inc.
James D. McGeachy .... model maker: Stetson Visual Services, Inc. (as James McGeachy)
Laurel Schneider .... production coordinator
Scott Schneider .... model maker: Stetson Visual Services, Inc.
Robert Spurlock .... miniature effects: Stetson Visual Services, Inc.
Mark Stetson .... miniature effects: Stetson Visual Services, Inc.
Mark Sullivan .... matte paintings: Stetson Visual Services, Inc.
Thomas Valentine .... designer: Stetson Visual Services, Inc. (as Tom Valentine)
Jim Danforth .... matte artist (uncredited)
Ted Rae .... matte plate photography (uncredited)
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunt coordinator (as Billy Burton)
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunts (as Billy Burton)
Tom Lupo .... stunts (as Thomas L. Lupo)
Dennis Scott .... stunts (as Dennis R. Scott)
Mike Watson .... stunts (as Michael Watson)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Arnold .... electrician (as Kevin S. Arnold)
Paul C. Babin .... camera operator
Tom Bookout .... best boy grip (as Thomas Bookout)
Joseph Cosko Jr. .... second assistant camera
Elyse Couvillion .... film loader (as Elise Couvillion)
Eric Engler .... camera operator
Richard Jefferies .... electrician
David Katz .... video playback
Michael Kenner .... key grip
Kim Kono .... electrician (as Kim K. Kono)
William R. Mayberry .... electrical best boy
John Morris .... grip (as John P. Morris)
Reggie Newkirk .... first assistant camera
Bruton Peterson .... electrician
Russell Reilly .... grip (as Russell J. Reilly)
Jim Shelton .... dolly grip (as James R. Shelton)
Peter Sorel .... still photographer
Bob Stradling .... first assistant camera (as Robert Stradling)
Larry Wallace .... chief lighting technician
Ted Chu .... steadicam assistant (uncredited)
Michael S. Endler .... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Thomas Enright .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Christopher J. Lama .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Juel Bestrop .... casting associate
Carol Larkin .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James 'Mike' Balker .... costumer: men (as Mike Balker)
Norman A. Burza .... costumer: men (as Norman Arthur Burza)
Dennis Fill .... costumer: men (as Dennis M. Fill)
Cynthia L. Hamilton .... assistant costume designer (as Cynthia Hamilton)
Christopher Lawrence .... costumer: women
George L. Little .... costume supervisor: men
Jennifer Morrison .... costumer: women
Carlane Passman .... costume supervisor: women
Deborah Squires .... costumer: women
Don Vargas .... special costumer
Larry Velasco .... costumer: men (as Lawrence Velasco)
Marsha Bozeman .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Danna Edwards .... costumer (uncredited)
Heather Pollock .... set costumer: second unit (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Blair Daily .... assistant film editor
Mark Daily .... editorial assistant
Phil Downey .... color timer
James Flamberg .... additional editor
Location Management
Robbie Goldstein .... location manager (as Robert Goldstein)
Amy Ness .... location manager
Kayla Thames .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Enrico DeMelis .... general music coordinator: Forum Studio-Rome (as Enrico De Melis)
James Flamberg .... executive music producer
Rosario Giuliani .... musician: alto sax
Allan Mason .... music supervisor
Ennio Morricone .... conductor
Ennio Morricone .... orchestrator
Francesco Santucci .... musician: flugelhorn
Paolo Zampini .... musician: flute
Angelo Giovagnoli .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Randy Cantor .... transportation captain
Dan Marrow .... transportation captain (as Daniel C. Marrow)
Joel Marrow .... transportation coordinator
James E. Vargas .... picture cars
Joseph Sullivan .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Allegra Clegg .... production coordinator
Michael Davison .... special assistant
Aimee DeBaun .... production assistant (as Aimee A. Morris)
Sara Dee .... assistant: Mr. Johnson (as Sara Beth Dee)
Jennifer Erskine .... assistant: Mr. Levinson
Kelley Finn .... production secretary
Cindy Franke .... assistant production coordinator
Jodi Fuchs .... production assistant
Jay Gianukos .... production assistant
Michael R. Gurasich .... production assistant
Larry Hand .... production accountant
Christine Hebble .... production assistant
Kelly Householder .... production assistant
Rande Laiderman .... special caterer
Carolyn Mock .... assistant accountant
Gary Moglovkin .... assistant accountant
Amanda Nelligan .... assistant: Mr. Johnson
Jane Payne .... special assistant
Julie Pitkanen .... script supervisor
Willie Radcliff .... craft service (as Willie L. Radcliff)
Dennon Rawles .... choreographer
Sayhber Rawles .... choreographer
Beth Siegel .... production assistant
Robin Skelton .... continuity assistant
Russ Tanaka .... first aid
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Lisa A. Corbin .... location construction accountant (uncredited)
Christopher Landry .... extras coordinator (uncredited)
Richard S. Lederer .... production assistant (uncredited)
Elena Santaballa .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jon Sperry .... dialect coach: Harvey Keitel (uncredited)
Leroy R. Perry Jr. .... special thanks: The International Sports Medicine Institute (as Dr. Leroy Perry Jr.)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
Rated R for violence, language and sensuality
136 min | USA:149 min (extended edition)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby SR | Dolby (as Dolby Stereo)
Argentina:16 | Argentina:18 (cable rating) | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-18 (2006) (extended version) (self applied) | Finland:K-16 (1992) | Germany:16 (w) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:15 (DVD rating) | USA:R (PCA #31278)

Did You Know?

That's the first movie ever made on Bugsy Siegel. Even during the early sixties, thirty years earlier, when there was a wave of films about gangsters biographies, no feature was made about him.See more »
Factual errors: Harry Greenberg was in fact murdered in November 1939, not in 1945 as depicted in this film.See more »
"Bugsy" Siegel:You thought you could steal from ME?See more »
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21 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
'Bugsy': Destined to be a gangster classic., 13 January 2001
Author: mkrusc from Los Angeles, CA

Barry Levinson's film 'Bugsy' should be considered one of the greatest gangster movies ever made. Combining a moving plot, first-class acting, superb directing, and an award-worthy score, 'Bugsy' rises above both period-piece movies and pointless gangster flicks.

The plot of the film follows the events in mobster Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel's life that culminated in both the founding of Las Vegas and his own death. As the plot includes Siegel's relationship with Virginia Hill, it also shows his deteriorating relationship with his family (wife Esta and children) and associates (including Meyer Lansky and Charlie Luciano), and it also looks at Siegel's fascination with becoming a celebrity. Most prominently, though, is his dream of creating something: that something which was the hotel and casino Flamingo. And it is this plot, which artfully switches back and forth between Siegel's personal and business lives, that sets the film upon a pedestal (so to speak). It is this blending of personal and professional which sets Bugsy apart from other gangsters by making him human. Yes, he may be a heartless killer, a faithless philanderer, remorseless criminal, hopeless dreamer, but those very characteristics are the same which make him more than the run-of-the-mill gangster. The myth dissolves as the man emerges; and the audience sympathizes with Siegel, even if they do not approve of him.

To say that the acting is excellent hardly does the actors justice. Beatty is a complex and intense Siegel, driven by his passions, weighted by his faults, and, ultimately, just another flawed individual and not (as Siegel once thought) indestructible. Played by Bening, Virginia Hill is Siegel's strong counterpoint whose own ambitious and self-interested exterior is underscored by a caring and sincere interior. Mickey Cohen is very understated of character, sometimes communicating more than just his words, a feat performed flawlessly by Keitel. Kingsley, as Meyer Lansky, is touchingly caring of his friend Siegel, torn between their friendship and his own professionalism. And the rest of the supporting cast--including Mantegna, Gould, Sarafian, and Graham--is talented, and each has an irreplaceable role in the film.

Barry Levinson's directing makes the film all the more special. The shots and angles are all completely appropriate. The style even seems to lend itself to the feel of the era (with the help of great lighting and costuming). At times, the action moves staccato and sharp: all business. And then the flow slows down to a more leisurely pace (like the era). At times, the directing is even elegant, as in the scene at Siegel's house with Virginia, where the camera pans to show the two's silhouettes on a projection screen; or during their love scene, where the time progresses as the camera follows the trail of clothing to the bed, when it has become morning; or two of the final scenes outside the Flamingo (one of Siegel waiting for patrons who do not arrive, the other of he and Virginia united for a final time) as the rain pours down from a night sky. Levinson covers a tremendous amount of ground (due to the numerous sub-plots) while keeping the momentum. And the score of the film, (deserving more awards than it received) of 1940's songs (including 'Why Don't You Do Right (Get Me Some Money Too!)' and 'Candy')and Ennio Morricone's original compositions, not only sets the tone, but the time period. 'For Her, For Him' and 'Act of Faith' in particular are simply captivating, but the entire score is truly a masterpiece.

For such reasons, 'Bugsy' is a pleasure to watch over again, and is destined to become a classic.

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