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Bugsy (1991)

The story of how Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel started Las Vegas.

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writers:

James Toback, Dean Jennings (book)
Won 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 41 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Beatty ... Bugsy Siegel
Annette Bening ... Virginia Hill
Harvey Keitel ... Mickey Cohen
Ben Kingsley ... Meyer Lansky
Elliott Gould ... Harry Greenberg
Joe Mantegna ... George
Richard C. Sarafian ... Jack Dragna (as Richard Sarafian)
Bebe Neuwirth ... Countess di Frasso
Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi ... Count di Frasso
Wendy Phillips ... Esta Siegel
Stefanie Mason Stefanie Mason ... Millicent Siegel
Kimberly McCullough ... Barbara Siegel
Andy Romano ... Del Webb
Robert Beltran ... Alejandro
Bill Graham ... Charlie Luciano
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Storyline

New York gangster Ben Bugsy Siegel takes a brief business trip to Los Angeles. A sharp-dressing womaniser with a foul temper, Siegel doesn't hesitate to kill or maim anyone crossing him. In L.A. the life, the movies, and most of all strong-willed Virginia Hill detain him while his family wait back home. Then a trip to a run-down gambling joint at a spot in the desert known as Las Vegas gives him his big idea. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

Glamour Was The Disguise.

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Harvey Keitel, who plays Mickey Cohen in this movie, portrayed Siegel in Virginia Hill (1974). See more »

Goofs

The smoke coming from the candles on the birthday cake disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

"Bugsy" Siegel: I just want you to answer the question that I'm really asking; how much money have you stolen from this hotel?
Virginia: Hey, look, I've done a hundred times the amount of work I would have to do to justify taking anything I could get my hands on!
"Bugsy" Siegel: How much did you get your hands on?
Virginia: NOTHING! Not a cent! And I could've taken a LOT too! And you wouldn't have known the difference because you're an irresponsible, unrealistic, unreliable, undependable, philandering fuck!
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Alternate Versions

The 2006 DVD features fifteen minutes of extra footage that Barry Levinson had to cut from the 1991 theatrical version. See more »

Connections

Edited into 5 Second Movies: Bugsy (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

TORNA A SURRIENTO
(1902)
Music by Ernesto De Curtis (as Ernesto DeCurtis)
Lyrics by Giambattista De Curtis (as B.G. DeCurtis)
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"Twenty dwarfs took turns doing handstands on the carpet. " - Ben 'Bugsy' Siegel
4 October 2005 | by MichaelMargetisSee all my reviews

I have to say when I rented this golden-oldie which so happened to be nominated for Best Picture at the 1991 Osars, I have to say, I wasn't really expecting much. I heard mixed things about it, and the idea of Warren Beatty playing a vicious mobster kind of seemed unbelievable to me (he did a great job in 'Bonnie and Clyde' but that was a little different.) In all honesty, I really found 'Bugsy' to not only be a very entertaining and enjoyable film, but also very well-made and Oscar-worthy one. Warren Beatty gives an unprecedented performance as the tough mafioso, Bugsy Siegel, who first had the idea of putting casinos in Las Vegas. Annette Bening in an equally brilliant performance plays Bugsy's calculating goomar. The supporting cast is very solid with strong performances from Elliot Gould, Joe Mantegna as actor George Raft, and especially Ben Kingsley as the swift and smart mobster with a heart of gold and Harvey Keital as the mean and ruthless killer who becomes partners with Siegel to start up a hotel/casino. Barry Levinson does a great job directing this period piece which is true to the period (the 1940s), and the screenplay isn't half bad either. Beatty, Keital and Kingsley picked up Oscar nods, along with Levinson for Best Director and the wonderful Annette Bening was somehow unfairly snubbed. If you want to see a cool mob picture that takes place in the 40s, why don't you give 'Bugsy' a shot? It's worth it. Grade: B+


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$140,358, 15 December 1991

Gross USA:

$49,114,016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,114,016
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended edition)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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