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Jewelry Shopkeeper (as Moscu Alcalay)
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Max Lansky (as Bernard Hiller)
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Yetta Lansky
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Benjamin Lansky
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Jake Lansky Ages 9-11 (as Christopher Marquette)
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Irish Gang Leader (as Benjamin K. Smith)
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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 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 <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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The Mind That Organized Crime.

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Rated R for language, violence and nudity | See all certifications »
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27 February 1999 (USA)  »

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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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The Easy Winners
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Great Movie and Great Performance by Richard Dreyfuss
6 October 1999 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Richard Dreyfuss's performance in this riveting gangster movie confirms Richards place as one of the greatest actors of all time. Lansky is a power packed true story of the famous Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky. It has a distinct advantage over many other gangster movies in that it isn't all violence. While there are several violent scenes, we really get to know Lansky and feel for him. This is because of Richards great performance. His presence commands the attention of the viewer in all of his scenes. Anthony La Paglia also stands out as Lucky Luciano. I highly recommend this movie if you are looking for a smart, entertaining film with some action thrown in. A BRILLIANT MOVIE


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