Mobsters (1991)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  26 July 1991 (USA)
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From start to finish, it's a story of friendship between 4 street-wise males who don't mind using violence to achieve the lives that they want. They trust no one but each other which is vital to their success as mobsters.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Schoenberg ...
Miles Perlich ...
Anto Nolan ...
Irish Cop
Andy Romano ...
Antonio Luciano
Bianca Rossini ...
Rosalie Luciano
Stevie Restivo ...
Little Brother
Caroline Gillette ...
Little Sister
Don Faranzano


The story of a group of friends in turn of the century New York, from their early days as street hoods to their rise in the world of organized crime. As their crime empire expands, they have to deal with many problems, including their own differing opinions on how to run their business, the local Godfather, and the psychotic Mad Dog Coll. Written by Murray Chapman <>

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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 July 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gangsters  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)


$20,246,790 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both Christian Slater and Chris Penn later appeared in Quentin Tarantino films: Penn in Reservoir Dogs and Slater in True Romance. The latter film was only written by Tarantino, not directed. See more »


The results of Rothstein's first card deal on the table are not visible subsequently. See more »


Arnold Rothstein: Mr. Luciano, you're walking down the street. Suddenly you realize you're being followed. It's a hit. Walking towards you is a second gunman. You have time to fire at only one of them. Which one do...
Lucky: [cutting him off] I don't accept the question. To live, I gotta kill 'em both.
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La Cosa Nostra in Training
25 September 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Mobsters casts four young players of the day as four of the legendary gangland figures of the 20th Century in their salad days. Christian Slater, Patrick Dempsey, Richard Grieco, and Costas Mandylor play Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel, and Frank Costello respectively. The film is a fictionalized account of how the four of them wound up on top of the gangland heap.

Michael Gambon and Anthony Quinn play the two old style Mobsters who are rivals for the title of boss of all bosses in the New York City area. Playing Charles Ferranzano and Joe Masseria the two of them control most of the illegal liquor trade which gave organized crime in this country it's real foothold. But our young men prove to be tough, smart and resilient as they play off the two old bosses against the middle.

Mobsters as a film captures the ambiance of New York during prohibition very well. I'm not sure I would have cast Christian Slater as Lucky Luciano, still Slater does very well with the part. Richard Grieco as Bugsy Siegel is very good, you can see the genesis of Warren Beatty's character when he played Siegel in his film, Bugsy.

Note should also be mentioned of F. Murray Abraham as Twenties gambler Arnold Rothstein who was the initial sponsor of the young mobsters in training. And Nick Sadler is one frightening Mad Dog Coll. You'll see quite graphically where his nickname came from.

Mobsters is good viewing, not exactly historically accurate, but actually sticks closer to the truth than most films of this type.

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