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Lansky (1999)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama, Crime  |  27 February 1999 (USA)
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This is the telling of the life of organized crime boss, Meyer Lansky, as remembered by him as a very old man who is moving about the world looking for some country that will take him in ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yosef Carmon ...
Rabbi / Caretaker (as Yosi Carmon)
Mosko Alkalai ...
Jewelry Shopkeeper (as Moscu Alcalay)
Fima Noveck ...
Hasid in Grodno
Joshua Praw ...
Max Lansky (as Bernard Hiller)
Yetta Lansky
Larry Moss ...
Benjamin Lansky
Jake Lansky Ages 9-11 (as Christopher Marquette)
Benjamin Kimball Smith ...
Irish Gang Leader (as Benjamin K. Smith)
Brian Casey ...
Irish Boy #1
Irish Boy #2
Daniel Sagal ...
Irish Boy #3
Anthony Medwetz ...


This is the telling of the life of organized crime boss, Meyer Lansky, as remembered by him as a very old man who is moving about the world looking for some country that will take him in since the US courts have put out an extradition order for him to stand trial. It tells of a young man growing up in the Jewish ghettos of America's big cities at the turn of the century and of his bright intelligence which he used for moving into crime. "I'm only a gambler," he claimed, "just like most all Americans." When asked by a reporter to comment on the killings that occurred under his leadership he declined, thereby making this film's thrust that of personalities and relationships rather than of acts of violence or the workings of corrupt deeds. Written by BOB STEBBINS <>

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The Mind That Organized Crime.


Drama | Crime

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




Release Date:

27 February 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A bűn királya  »

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At the end of the film it stated that Lansky was born in 1903. In fact, he was born on July 4th 1902. See more »


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Interesting, but overall average gangster film.
27 February 1999 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

I'd seen a preview for Lansky on HBO a couple of weeks ago and it looked like a fascinating movie. Too bad the film couldn't meet the expectations. Richard Dreyfuss (Mr. Holland's Opus, Night Falls on Manhattan) stars as Meyer Lansky a gangster from the early 1900's. The film deals with his character throughout the film going back and forth from different ages. Dreyfuss is not the only actor to play Lansky in the film. Dreyfuss plays him from his 30's on, Max Perlich (Beautiful Girls, Georgia) plays him in his 20's, and a child actor plays him at a younger age. The film deals with his dealings in the mob and his family life. Eric Roberts (Runaway Train, Most Wanted) plays Bugsy Siegel and Anthony LaPaglia (The Client, Commandments) plays Lucky Luciano. Both of these actors do well, especially LaPaglia, but aren't given enough screen time. Richard Dreyfuss is very good in the lead, but is out-acted by Max Perlich playing Lansky in his earlier years. I know the film probably wanted a big name (Dreyfuss) but I would have preferred to see Perlich play him the whole time instead of Dreyfuss. The film takes some good choices on how to tell the story, but the story itself is kind of boring. It's interesting at times, but nothing special.

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