Bugsy (1991) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.more
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


Warren Beatty
as Ben Siegel
Annette Bening
as Virginia Hill
Harvey Keitel
as Mickey Cohen
Ben Kingsley
as Meyer Lansky
Elliott Gould
as Harry Greenberg
Joe Mantegna
as George Raft
Bebe Neuwirth
as Countess di Frasso
Wendy Phillips
as Esta Siegel
Stefanie Mason
as Millicent Siegel
Kimberly McCullough
as Barbara Siegel
Andy Romano
as Del Webb
Robert Beltran
as Alejandro
Gian-Carlo Scandiuzz...
as Count di Frasso
Bill Graham
as Charlie Luciano
Lewis Van Bergen
as Joey Adonis
James Toback
as Gus Greenbaum
Albina Boccicchio
as Ciro's Singer
Don Carrara
as Vito Genovese
Carmine Caridi
as Frank Costello
Don Calfa
as Louie Dragna
Bryan Smith
as Chick Hill
Ray McKinnon
as David Hinton
Eric Christmas
as Ronald the Butler
Joe Baker
as Lawrence Tibbett
John C. Moskoff
as Sulka's Salesman
Ralph Tabakin
as Elevator Operator
Debrah Farentino
as Girl in Elevator
John Moskoff
as Sulka's Salesman
Anthony Russell
as Jerry the Bookie
Wendie Malick
as Woman on Train
DeVera Marcus
as Fan at Train Station
Ksenia Prohaska
as Marlene Dietrich
Peter Giuliano
as `Manpower' Assistant...
Paul Austin Kelly
as `Manpower' Maitre d'
Michael Kenner
as `Manpower' Clapper B...
Bruce E. Morrow
as District Attorney Mc...
Clive Rosengren
as Deputy District Atto...
Gary McGurk
as Tony the Waiter
Gerard Joseph McKenn...
as Ciro's Photographer
Bruce Morrow
as District Attorney Mc...
Paul Roache
as Taxi Driver
Tommy Townsend
as Federal Marshal
Steven D. Maines
as Federal Marshal
Traci Lind
as Natalie St. Clair
David H. Hebble
as Cadillac Driver
Michael Sollenberger
as Bond Rally Speaker
Jamie Angell
as Courthouse Guard
Julie Christensen
as Ciro's Singer
Susan Rumor
as Ciro's Singer
Lloyd Baskin
as Ciro's Singer
Hal Melia
as Ciro's Singer
Fred Lehto
as Ciro's Singer
Kal David
as Ciro's Singer
Albina Bocchicchio
as Ciro's Singer
Cathleen Crone
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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