• Bugsy (1991)


Release Date: December 4th, 1991

DVD Release Date: January 26th, 1999

R |2 hr 15 min

Plot Summary

New York mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel (Warren Beatty) leaves New York City to dip into the glamour of Hollywood, Calif., and to build up syndicate gambling rackets. Bowled over by actress Virginia Hill (Annette Bening), the dapper Siegel courts her, despite having a wife and children. Obsessed with creating a gambling haven, Siegel takes racketeering to the Nevada desert and helps develop Las Vegas, only to find himself in deep water over his reckless construction of the Flamingo Hotel.

Cast: Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Elliott Gould, Joe Mantegna, Bebe Neuwirth, Wendy Phillips

Director: Barry Levinson

Genres: Biography , Crime drama

Production Co: TriStar Pictures, Baltimore Pictures

Keywords: 1940s , Rise , Cheeky , Daughter , Love , Pursuit , Hotel , Spirited

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

    Bugsy is a gangster film around the edges, a '40s love song down the middle, and the year's breeziest live-actor movie through and through. [13 Dec 1991, p.1D]

  • 100
    Jay CarrBoston Globe

    Just when you thought gangster movies had peaked, here's Warren Beatty in Bugsy, a film so suave, outrageous, flamboyant, knowing and above all playful that you're liable to overlook the fact that it's more loaded with American resonances than any three pop culture courses you could sign up for. [20 Dec 1991, p.53]

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    He’s a real smoothie, Warren Beatty, and when he plays one in a movie he is almost always effective. But his title role in Bugsy is more than effective, it’s perfect for him - showing a man who not only creates a seductive vision, but falls in love with it himself. show more

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