Lepke

Overview

Tony Curtis stars as the feared leader of "Murder Incorporated" in this underworld drama based on the life of Louis "Lepke" Buchalter. Lepke began his criminal career as a petty thief in his teens; a stretch in prison taught him the finer points of life on the wrong side of the law. After getting out of jail, Lepke and his pal Gurrah Shapiro (Warren Berlinger) join a gang who hire themselves out as strikebreakers, and the vicious but clever Lepke soon rises through the ranks. Lepke makes powerful friends with mob...
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Overview

Tony Curtis stars as the feared leader of "Murder Incorporated" in this underworld drama based on the life of Louis "Lepke" Buchalter. Lepke began his criminal career as a petty thief in his teens; a stretch in prison taught him the finer points of life on the wrong side of the law. After getting out of jail, Lepke and his pal Gurrah Shapiro (Warren Berlinger) join a gang who hire themselves out as strikebreakers, and the vicious but clever Lepke soon rises through the ranks. Lepke makes powerful friends with mob kingpins "Lucky" Luciano (Vic Tayback) and Albert Anastasia (Gianni Russo), and when high-ranking but deranged gangster "Dutch" Schultz (John Durren) announces he's going to kill District Attorney Thomas E. Dewey (Richard C. Adams), Lepke is chosen to rub "Dutch" out. Lepke handles the assignment well, and he's able to strike up a deal with the various Mafia families -- he'll form a separate organization to handle executions and assassinations, and he'll hire out his services to any mobsters who need it, provided the mob bosses approve the killings. Between "Murder Incorporated" and a drug ring operated with Luciano, Lepke has become a wealthy and important man in the underworld, but ironically he finds soon himself himself investigated by the man whose life he unwittingly saved -- Dewey. Lepke also features comedian and impressionist Vaughn Meader as the voice of Walter Winchell.
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Editorial Reviews

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Menahem Golan's take on the life of the titular Jewish gangster is a curious but interesting fusion of Hollywood epic and b-movie thrills. The script toys with some facts to achieve a melodramatic effect but mostly offers an interesting, well-documented take on the history of organized crime in the U.S. from a Jewish perspective. It also keeps an eye on the box office by delivering plenty of shoot-'em-up action scenes, multiple assassinations and even a dollop of sex. Golan's direction lacks the subtlety that Francis Ford Coppola brought to the first two Godfather movies (obvious models for Lepke) but Golan makes up for that with plenty of energy and style. He excels when dealing with the action -- a highlight is a shootout that involves a carousel - and he gets an all-around strong level of performances from a well-chosen cast. Tony Curtis clearly relishes getting the opportunity to play against type as a gangster and gives it plenty of charismatic vigor. There is also solid, slyly humorous work from Warren Berlinger as Lepke's right-hand man and an unexpected dramatic turn from Milton Berle as his father-in-law, a bit of stunt-casting that pays off in a surprisingly strong and understated performance by the erstwhile comedian. The film drags a bit near the end when it gets caught up in the fugitive days that led to its antihero's end but the majority of the film is well-paced and entertaining. Ultimately, Lepke never manages to be the Jewish answer to The Godfather that it clearly wants to be but it delivers plenty of gangster-movie intrigue for fans of the genre and acquits itself nicely as a solid programmer with a unique take on gangster mythology.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2009
  • UPC: 883316126455
  • Original Release: 1975
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Milton Berle Mr. Meyer
Jon Ian Jacobs Big Hesh
Thomas Castranova Policeman
Jack Ackerman Little Augie
Lillian Adams Mama Meyer
Simmy Bow Tannenbaum
Guy Christopher Reporter
Albert Cole Gross
John Durren Dutch Schultz
Matt Greene Skinny
Louis Guss Max Rubin
Crane Jackson Judge
J.S. Johnson Mendy Weiss
Zitto Kazann Abe "Kid Twist" Reles
Joseph Kim Lin Phoo
Wesley Lau Detective
Vaughn Meader Walter Winchell
Barry Miller Young Lepke
Johnny Silver Schwartz
Jack Tesler Feldman
Mary Wilcox Marion
Technical Credits
Menahem Golan Director, Producer
Vince Cresciman Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Andrew Davis Cinematographer
Jackson de Govia Production Designer
Yoram Globus Producer
Dov Hoenig Editor
Tamar Simon Hoffs Screenwriter
Wesley Lau Original Story, Screenwriter
Bruce Miller Musical Arrangement
Aaron Stell Editor
Jodie Lynne Tillen Costumes/Costume Designer
Ken Wannberg Score Composer
Cliff Wenger Special Effects
George Wilbur Stunts
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