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Three poor ghetto kids in turn-of-the-century New York City grow up to become feared gangsters.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Nouri ... Charles "Lucky" Luciano
Brian Benben ... Michael Lasker
Joe Penny ... Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel
Richard S. Castellano ... Giuseppe "Joe the Boss" Masseria
Louis Giambalvo ... Al Capone
George DiCenzo ... Arnold Rothstein
Joseph Mascolo ... Salvatore Maranzano
Jonathan Banks ... Dutch Schultz
Robert F. Lyons ... Legs Diamond
Markie Post ... Chris Brennan
Chad Redding Chad Redding ... Joy Olser
Madeleine Stowe ... Ruth Lasker
Robert John Burke ... Officer Reardon
Robert Davi ... Vito Genovese
Jon Polito ... Thomas "Three Fingers Brown" Lucchese
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Three poor ghetto kids in turn-of-the-century New York City grow up to become feared gangsters.

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English

Release Date:

9 October 1981 (West Germany) See more »

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Guerra de gangsters See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)
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Michael Lasker (Brian Benben) was a fictional composite of several gangsters including Meyer Lansky. See more »

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Edited from The Gangster Chronicles (1981) See more »

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Highly romanticized, but enjoyable nonetheless
25 June 2001 | by fritz-59See all my reviews

This film is a condensed version of the miniseries. It is a highly romanticized version of the lives of two real gangsters - Benjamin "Bugsy" Segal and Charlie "Lucky" Luciano - and a third character Michael Lasker, who is a composite of several people (including Meyer Lansky). The lives and businesses of these three are intertwined with most of the more famous crime bosses (including Al Capone and Dutch Schultz), and the story deals with the patterns of alliance and betrayal among the bosses, leading to the birth of organized crime. The story covers nearly ten years, so there's not as much depth as in the series, but despite this and the inaccuracies I enjoyed it as a bit of American myth-making.


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