Bugsy (1991)



Critic Consensus: Stylishly scattered, Bugsy offers cinematic homage to the infamous underworld legend, chiefly through a magnetic performance from Warren Beatty in the title role.

Movie Info

Brutal 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.

Rating: R (for violence, language and sensuality)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: James Toback
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 15, 1998
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Ben Siegel

as Virginia Hill

as Mickey Cohen

as Meyer Lansky

as Harry Greenberg

as George Raft

as Countess di Frasso

as Esta Siegel

as Jack Dragna

as Millicent Siegel

as Barbara Siegel

as Del Webb

as Alejandro

as Count di Frasso

as Charlie Luciano

as Joey Adonis

as Gus Greenbaum

as Ciro's Singer

as Vito Genovese

as Frank Costello

as Louie Dragna

as Chick Hill

as David Hinton

as Ronald the Butler

as Lawrence Tibbett

as Sulka's Salesman

as Elevator Operator

as Girl in Elevator

as Sulka's Salesman

as Jerry the Bookie

as Woman on Train

as Fan at Train Station

as Marlene Dietrich

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as Tony the Waiter

as Ciro's Photographer

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as Taxi Driver

as Federal Marshal

as Federal Marshal

as Natalie St. Clair

as Cadillac Driver

as Bond Rally Speaker

as Courthouse Guard

as Ciro's Singer

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Critic Reviews for Bugsy

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (16)

From James Toback's crackling script to Warren Beatty's electric performance as gangster Ben Siegel, Bugsy is so engrossing that you feel uncharitable mentioning that while splendid in individual scenes, Barry Levinson's movie lacks propulsion.

Full Review… | October 29, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

What finally distinguishes Bugsy from other mob movies is its ever-present sense of the absurd.

Full Review… | October 29, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Insouciant and flashy, co-producer Beatty is at his best when evoking the narcissistic, show-business side of Siegel.

Full Review… | October 29, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A great deal of the fun of watching this very assured film is seeing with what energetic panache the actor takes on the mantle of the mobster J. Edgar Hoover once called "the most dangerous man in America."

Full Review… | October 29, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The picture belongs, in every sense of the word, to Beatty.

Full Review… | October 29, 2014
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Most actors give more contained performances as they get older or else they risk self-parody. Beatty, who has always seemed larger than life, gets even larger with age -- and on him it looks good.

Full Review… | October 29, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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.

Al S

Super Reviewer

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.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Warren Beatty as a vain egotistical, self-centered, womanizer? Hmmmm...

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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