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Lepke (1975)

Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter is head of Murder Inc., the syndicate that spattered the headlines of the day with blood.

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Menahem Golan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Curtis ... Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter
Anjanette Comer ... Bernice Meyer
Michael Callan ... Robert Kane
Warren Berlinger ... Gurrah Shapiro
Gianni Russo ... Albert Anastasia
Vic Tayback ... Lucky Luciano
Mary Charlotte Wilcox ... Marion
Milton Berle ... Mr. Meyer
Jack Ackerman Jack Ackerman ... Little Augie
Louis Guss Louis Guss ... Max Rubin
Vaughn Meader Vaughn Meader ... Walter Winchell
Lillian Adams ... Mama Meyer
Albert Cole ... Gross
Zitto Kazann Zitto Kazann ... Abe (Kid Twist) Reles
Johnny Silver ... Schwartz
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Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter is head of Murder Inc., the syndicate that spattered the headlines of the day with blood.

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He was the king of crime when crime was king.

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Israel | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

'Lepke': O Assassino See more »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Star Tony Curtis with author Peter Golenbock revealed in Curtis' auto-biography "American Prince: A Memoir" (2008) that he became heavily addicted to cocaine during production of this picture of which this substance abuse would then last for around a decade. See more »

Goofs

Thomas E. Dewey is depicted in the film as the prosecutor of Lepke's murder trial. However, this was a state court case that Dewey was not even involved in as it was not his jurisdiction. The real prosecutors who sent Lepke to the electric chair were Brooklyn D.A. William O'Dwyer and Assistant D.A. Burton Turkus. See more »

Quotes

Bernice: Papa, I wish I was. I wish I was a whore. Then I could walk out of here with you. But I can't. I just can't leave him Papa. I love him!
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CBS edited 20 minutes from this film for its 1983 network television premiere. See more »

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Poor Tony Curtis
31 July 2005 | by legwarmers1980See all my reviews

Sorry, I can not agree with fans who think this film is any good. It was a cheap rip-off of the gangster movies being made in the 1970s. Tony Curtis tries his best, but he just doesn't come across as a cold-blood killer. He looks bloated and this movie was just another in a series of lousy bombs he made from 1970 and on.

The movie was very cheaply made. The shootouts were very fake, most of the acting was cheesy and way over the top. Curtis is red-faced half the movie and generally seems embarrassed by the whole thing. The only 2 good-points of this failure was the great movie poster and the beautiful and sexy Mary Wilcox. If you're a fan of Tony Curtis, do yourself and him a favor and skip this stinker and rent Sweet Smell of Success or Some Like it Hot.


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