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Lansky (1999)

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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 ... See full summary »

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John McNaughton

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Uri Dan (book), Dennis Eisenberg (book) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Meyer Lansky
Yosef Carmon ... Rabbi / Caretaker (as Yosi Carmon)
Mosko Alkalai ... Jewelry Shopkeeper (as Moscu Alcalay)
Fima Noveck Fima Noveck ... Hasid in Grodno
Joshua Praw Joshua Praw ... Meyer Lansky Age 8
Bernard Hiller ... Max Lansky
Jill Holden ... Yetta Lansky
Larry Moss ... Benjamin Lansky
Chris Marquette ... Jake Lansky Ages 9-11 (as Christopher Marquette)
Ryan Merriman ... Meyer Lansky Ages 12-14
Benjamin Kimball Smith Benjamin Kimball Smith ... Irish Gang Leader (as Benjamin K. Smith)
Brian Casey Brian Casey ... Irish Boy #1
Adam Hendershott ... Irish Boy #2
Daniel Sagal Daniel Sagal ... Irish Boy #3
Anthony Medwetz Anthony Medwetz ... Benny Siegel Age 11
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Storyline

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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Bugsy Siegal and Lucky Luciano made headlines but one man controlled the game. See more »

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Drama | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence and nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A bűn királya See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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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Written by Joe Greene
Performed by Diva Haase
Produced by Pete Snell and Evyen Klean
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Bad Flick
15 January 2005 | by deemo31See all my reviews

There are a lot of truly great actors in this movie. Illeana Douglas. Max Perlich. Dreyfus. Eric Roberts. Lots of them. But the dialogue in this movie is horrible. The acting is stilted because of that. And the story is just not believable. It almost seems as if the writers tried to grasp onto the "mob" madness and cut and pasted other stories to come up with this one. It is not believable. Meyer Lansky was a gangster. This movie portrays him as some kind of innocent victim of circumstance. Simply untrue. He was not a victim. When you see this film, you get the impression that he was somehow compromised by the government because he was a Jew. A real look into who he was will tell a different story. And this is not it.


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