Bugsy

Bugsy

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Director: Barry Levinson

Cast: Barry Levinson, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel

     
 

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Bugsy is a character study of mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel wrapped up in a gangster movie. Siegel (Warren Beatty in a flashy performance) arrives in California in the Forties, assigned to oversee the L.A. rackets. He is quickly seduced by both the glamour of Hollywood and actress Virginia Hill (Annette Bening), whom he romances despite being unable to leaveSee more details below

Overview

Bugsy is a character study of mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel wrapped up in a gangster movie. Siegel (Warren Beatty in a flashy performance) arrives in California in the Forties, assigned to oversee the L.A. rackets. He is quickly seduced by both the glamour of Hollywood and actress Virginia Hill (Annette Bening), whom he romances despite being unable to leave his wife and children. Siegel soon has a vision to transform a barren stretch of Nevada desert into an oasis of gambling and entertainment -- the seeds from which Las Vegas was sown. Funded by his gangster bosses, including Meyer Lansky (Ben Kingsley), the flamboyant Siegel sees his budget soar past its original $6 million, a problem compounded by the fact that Virginia has embezzled $2 million of it. In trouble with his superiors, Siegel flies back to L.A. to face the music, telling Virginia to keep the money. He would not live to see his dream of Las Vegas come true. The film is fast-paced and well-directed by Barry Levinson, with an intelligent script by James Toback and excellent support from Kingsley and Harvey Keitel as gangster Mickey Cohen.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Barry Levinson's biopic dazzles with glitter but lacks gold. The film deals primarily with Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel's obsessive quest to turn a Nevada desert wasteland into the American gambling mecca of Las Vegas. While this is an engaging enough subject, no attention is paid to Bugsy's New York background and rise through the gangland ranks, making his character interesting but ultimately one-dimensional. Within the film's narrow scope, compelling plot lines are drawn, including Bugsy's torrid romance with femme-fatale Hollywood starlet Virginia Hill (Annette Bening). However, the film drags on for over two hours, making the resolution more welcome than scintillating. The grit and darkness of the Godfather-style gangster flick is absent, replaced by Hollywood gloss. However, the direction is fairly plush and the gangster American Dream theme is fleshed out poignantly. Moreover, Warren Beatty gives an inspired performance in the title role and Harvey Keitel as Mickey Cohen and Ben Kingsley as Meyer Lansky give solid supporting performances. The end result is an entertaining film that works, but unfortunately its epic length is not matched by epic quality.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/12/2006
UPC:
0043396102590
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:29:00
Sales rank:
10,425

Special Features

Completely digitally remastered for the best possible quality and sound; Never-before-seen deleted scenes; All-new documentary "The Road to Damascus: The Reinvention of Bugsy Siegel" featuring cast interviews including Warren Beatty and Annette Bening; Bugsy Siegel's "Screen Test"

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Warren Beatty Bugsy Siegel
Annette Bening Virginia Hill
Harvey Keitel Mickey Cohen
Ben Kingsley Meyer Lansky
Elliott Gould Harry Greenberg
Bebe Neuwirth Countess di Frasso
Joe Mantegna George Raft
Wendy Phillips Esta Siegel
Richard Sarafian Jack Dragna
Lewis van Bergen Joey Adonis
Bill Graham Charlie Luciano
Andy Romano Del Webb
Robert Beltran Alejandro
Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi Count di Frasso
Stefanie Mason Millicent Siegel
Kimberly McCullough Barbara Siegel
James Toback Gus Greenbaum
Albina Boccicchio Ciro's Singer
Ellen Chenoweth Actor
Joseph Spallina Roman Moe Sedway
James Zahnd Actor
Don Carrara Vito Genovese
Carmine Caridi Frank Costello
Don Calfa Louie Dragna
Robert Glaudini Dominic
Bryan Smith Chick Hill
Ray McKinnon David Hinton
Eric Christmas Ronald the Butler
John Moskoff Sulka's Salesman
Ralph Tabakin Elevator Operator
Debrah Farentino Girl in Elevator
Anthony Russell Jerry the Bookie
Wendie Malick Woman on Train
DeVera Marcus Fan at Train Station
Ksenia Prohaska Marlene Dietrich
Peter Giuliano "Manpower" Assistant Director
Austin Kelly "Manpower" Maitre D'
Michael Kenner "Manpower" Clapper Boy
Bruce Morrow District Attorney McWilde
Clive Rosengren Dep. District Attorney
Gary McGurk Tony the Waiter
Gerard Joseph McKenna Ciro's Photographer
Paul Roache Taxi Driver
Tommy Townsend Federal Marshall
Steven D. Maines Federal Marshall
Traci Lind Natalie St. Clair
David H. Hebble Cadillac Driver
Michael Sollenberger Bond Rally Speaker
Jamie Angell Courthouse Guard
Julie Christensen Ciro's Singer
Susan Rumor Ciro's Singer
Lloyd Baskin Ciro's Singer
Fred Lehto Ciro's Singer
Kal David Ciro's Singer
Cathleen Crone Ciro's Singer
Hal Melia Ciro's Singer
Joe Baker Lawrence Tibbett

Technical Credits
Barry Levinson Director,Producer
Warren Beatty Producer
Rob Bottin Makeup Special Effects
Billy Burton Stunts
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Allen Daviau Cinematographer
Marvin Gardner Special Effects
Dennis Gassner Production Designer
Nancy Haigh Set Decoration/Design
Lawrence Hubbs Set Decoration/Design
Mark Johnson Producer
Kathryn Miles Kelly Makeup
Stu Linder Editor
Leslie McDonald Art Director
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Matthew Mungle Makeup
Charles James Newirth Co-producer,Production Manager
Dennis Scott Stunts
James Toback Screenwriter
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bugsy
1. Business As Usual [5:17]
2. Parting Gift [5:11]
3. Movie Extra [4:48]
4. Sparking Interest [6:47]
5. Impulsive Actions [5:35]
6. Showstopper [3:47]
7. Nightcap [5:53]
8. Mickey Situation [5:50]
9. Bull Fighters [4:56]
10. Barking Orders [4:37]
11. Dinner Date [5:05]
12. Casino Sore [6:36]
13. Gossip Column [4:49]
14. Host With the Most [6:13]
15. To Destiny [1:03]
16. The Flamingo [3:57]
17. Harry Mess [4:19]
18. In Too Deep [5:35]
19. Setting Sail [5:38]
20. Avoiding the Obvious [4:54]
21. New Beginnings [5:03]
22. Keeping Tabs [4:51]
23. Finding Funding [4:15]
24. Virginia's Vengeance [5:13]
25. Behind Closed Doors [4:26]
26. Money Matters [5:39]
27. Wind Is Blowing [7:29]
28. Game's Over [4:00]

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