Mobsters (1991)

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Critic Consensus: Despite an abundance of style and some big names, Mobsters can't escape its empty plotting, numbing violence, and Gangster Movie 101 concepts.


Movie Info

In this fictionalized account based on true figures, a foursome of young thugs decides to team up and take control of New York's east side from the aging bosses who control it. Bugsy Siegel (Richard Grieco) and Frank Costello (Costas Mandylor) control the physical elements of the operation, while Lucky Luciano (Christian Slater) and Meyer Lansky (Patrick Dempsey) bring up the business end.

Rating: R (nudity, sex, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Nicholas Kazan, Michael Mahern
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 30, 2003
Runtime:
MCA Universal Home Video

Cast


as Lucky Luciano

as Meyer Lansky

as Bugsy Siegel

as Frank Costello

as Arnold Rothstein

as Mary Motes

as Don Faranzano

as Tommy Reina

as Tommy Reina

as Don Masseria

as Mad Dog Coll

as Short Stick

as Crapshooter

as Crapshooter

as Irish Cop

as Antonio Luciano

as Rosalie Luciano

as Little Brother

as Little Sister

as Joey's Mother

as Another Italian

as Irish Thug

as Costello's Mother

as Joe Palermo

as Tailor

as Black Gangster

as Blues Singer

as Irish Politician

as Sonny Catania

as Anna Lansky

as Father Bonotto

as Showgirl

as Showgirl

as Secretary

as Joe Profaci

as Cute Debutante

as Tony No Nose

as Luciano's Driver

as Coll's Driver

as Maitre d'

as Luciano's Driver

as Nathan Citron

as Mrs. Greene

as Wedding Guest

as Wedding Guest

as Cute Girl

as Card Player

as Short Stick

as Joe Bonnano

as Al Capone

as Room Service Waiter

as Telephone Operator

as Bodyguard

as Dancer

as Dancer

as Dancer

as Bodyguard

as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Mobsters

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (13)

It's an excuse for the latest crop of media-spawned personalities -- the male equivalent of starlets -- to invade the heavy-duty genre of the gangster film. They don't come up to Cagney's spats.

Full Review… | May 20, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Mobsters looks like it was made by people who have seen too many gangster films for people who haven't seen any. There isn't a breath of life in the filmmaking.

Full Review… | May 21, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Slater and Dempsey bring to the film whatever shallow depth Mobsters occasionally exhibits.

Full Review… | May 21, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

A potboiler in the quick-and-dirty tradition of the B movies of the '30s, it may not win any Oscars or garner rave reviews, but it's consistently entertaining, nevertheless.

Full Review… | May 21, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

A hollow concept gussied up with a few big names, a pretty set and some fancy clothes.

Full Review… | May 21, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Despite competent production, despite-or perhaps because of-a high and inventively mutilated body count, the film is ultimately boring.

Full Review… | May 21, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mobsters

Maybe I saw a different movie than most because I really like Mobsters. It's basically a Young Guns type movie with a gangster setting. I guess if you only take it straight forward and don't consider the context of when and why this was made it will make no sense. Christian Slater is at his prime here and does what he does best. I can't really tell you what that is, it's just a type of atmosphere he sets that I haven't quite been able to commit to words. While him and the rest of the cast do overly slimy Italian accents and the characters are almost cartoonish in nature, that's sort've the charm with these 90s period pieces. Then you've got an almost comical take on violence because it's so overdone and every death consists of twenty bullets plastering each victims face. This is not something like The Godfather or Goodfellas, it's basically just a slightly goofy yet fun movie that showcases young hollywood stars and pits them back in the bootlegging era. While some may certainly lose their mind over this idea and call it "hollywood trash", I certainly found a lot to like in this movie.

ythelastman89
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Huge piece of shit. I was wondering when the two Coreys were going to show up.

tsigur
Tim Sigur

Super Reviewer

One of the worst examples of Hollywood's glossy reinvention of historical events, this brat pack version of The Godfather is quite unpleasant in the way it presents violence and crime as glib fashion accessories. Worth watching only for Michael Gambon, Anthony Quinn and F. Murray Abraham who routinely act the young cast off the screen.

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