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Movie InfoBrutal and batty as a March hare, notorious gangster Bugsy Siegel played a crucial role in making Las Vegas the gambling capitol of the United States. This arresting biopic starring Warren Beatty offers a remarkably cliché-free look at the mobster's life and times.
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Critic Reviews for Bugsy
Barry Levinson's Bugsy will reignite your passion for inventive foul-mouthery, so inventively crafted and spitefully delivered are its swears.
A first-rate production from top to bottom...Beatty has never been more electrifying on screen.
Levinson não consegue retratar a violência da Máfia; Morricone exagera na auto-referência à trilha de Os Intocáveis; e o filme insiste em tratar Siegel, um psicopata, como um empreendedor sonhador. Ainda assim, a história é interessante.
Beatty and Bening are winning.
The disclosure at that Bugsy's $6 million investment in the young city generated over $100 billion might encourage different interpretations: Is Vegas the capital of the American Dream, or the embodiment of crass consumerism?
In seeing the distracting, destructive nature of vanity, the film fascinates itself, and the audience, with a simply stated, terribly complex question: why can't we look away?
One of Beatty's finest achievements
Savvy crooks are engaging
classy and fascinating
Overrated vanity piece from Beatty
Very well-made and well-told gangster saga
An excellent script from James Toback and one of Beatty's warmest performances hold it together.
A handsome and extremely well-constructed gangster pic.
Audience Reviews for Bugsy
A true American classic. A masterpiece, plain and simple. One of the most entertaining and exhilerating gangster films ever made. A bold, stylish and remarkable portrait of a criminal. Director, Barry Levinson crafts an astonshing piece of work that will be remembered for years. It`s slick, thrilling, funny and wildly entertaining. A spectacular movie. A tremendouse all-star cast. Warren Betty is absolutely incrediable, he gives one of the greatest performances of his career, he gives a harsh, violent, charming and senational prtrayel. Annette Bening is wonderful. Bening and Betty set the screen ablaze with their thrilling chemistry. Ben Kingsley is brilliant. Harvey Keitel is excellent. Joe Mantegna is terrific.More
Stylistically impressive but overlong portrait of the famous gangster. The supporting roles are filled with great actors doing fine work but the film rests on Beatty's performance and for the most part he delivers. As most biopics do this one plays with the facts but still tells an interesting story that's well directed it just could have used a little pruning.More
Cab Driver: That's Bugsy Siegel's house.
Harry Greenberg: He doesn't like that name.
Cab Driver: Everybody calls him that.
Harry Greenberg: Not to his face, they don't.
A great mob story about the Gangster who created Vegas, made in a style that romanticizes this cold-blooded killer.
Warren Beatty is very good as this charismatic gangster. Although Siegel was a murderer with a short temper, he is also shown to be a dreamer and a generally nice person, who falls in love with west coast living.
The movie involves this mob boss coming to California, where he immediately loves the life there, moves into a big mansion, and tries to make it into show business. Siegel eventually gets involves with the two loves of his life, a movie starlet, Virginia Hill played by Annette Bening, and the idea of building a giant, legitimate casino resort setting in the desert city Las Vegas.
Siegel eventually trade's in his marriage for Hill and uses more money than the mob would have possibly wanted on his big casino plan.
During this time we learn of Siegel's ways, I say Siegel and not Bugsy because he would kill anyone who called him that name. We learn of Siegel's desire for great vanity, which includes fixing his hair, his strive for good grammar, and the fixation he has on why the newspapers portray him so harshly.
The film also boasts an impressive supporting cast including Ben Kingsley as fellow mob boss Meyer Lansky, Harvey Keitel, Joe Mantegna, and Elliot Gould in one of his best and saddest roles.
Director Barry Levinson does a great job handling this film, keeping the tone mostly light-hearted, despite some of Siegel's violent rages. It also looks great thanks to the art direction and costume design. And there's a very good score by Ennio Morricone, which is very fitting.
While the story ends in a tragic way from a certain point of view, it still has many humorous moments, and is very entertaining throughout.
The movie has a great supporting cast as well, providing what is needed. It is very stylish and gives a good perspective of how things were/could have been.
Virginia: Do you always talk this much before you do it?
"Bugsy" Siegel: I only talk this much before I kill someone.
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