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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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Benjamin Kimball Smith ...
Irish Gang Leader (as Benjamin K. Smith)
Brian Casey ...
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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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In the Mood
Written by Joe Garland (as Joseph C. Garland), Andy Razaf and Wingy Manone
Arranged by Glenn Miller
Performed by Glenn Miller
Courtesy of RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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Pretty much a waste!
10 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

This movie could have been alot better. Meyer Lansky was to me far more interresting then both Siegel or Luciano. David Mamet is a great writer, but his script here just isn't that good. A few simple details were changed and the editing isn't all that good either. They should have told the audience which period we were looking at during certain times of Lanskys life. The movie begins around 1972 in Israel then we go back to the early 1900's in Russia and then to like 1912 in Manhattan, but you don't see that. You also don't hear about the 400$ million dollars that Lansky had in Sviss banks at the time of his death which is a fact by now. His Florida operations were also very known and he was the one who gave orders to both Santo Trafficante Jnr. and Carlos Marcello. Despite the lack of storytelling the acting is great. Richard Dreyfuss is extremely good as Lansky and Perlich also, but Roberts and LaPaglia somehow didn't fit in there. I give this movie *1/2 stars out of four.


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