New York gangster Ben ‘Bugsy’ Siegel takes a brief business trip to Los Angeles. There, the life, the movies, and most of all strong-willed Virginia Hill detain him. Then a trip to a run-down gambling joint at a spot in the desert known as Las Vegas gives him his big idea.
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Toback’s bravado-braggadocio and Levinson’s languorous slickness seem to have found their ideal subject in Bugsy Siegel, a flamboyant borderline psycho who epitomized the commingling of Hollywood and gangsters during the 1940s; together director and writer have provided Warren Beatty with his juiciest part in years, and he takes full advantage of it.
2 1/2 out of 5 stars. I didn't like Bugsy as much the second time around. The performances were alright but it was about 20 minutes too long and a few shots aside, Barry Levinson's direction didn't exactly floor me.
You are a criminal. You are making your living in the Antarctic and it happens to you that you are on a business trip to a "Disneyland-sort-of-sunshine-state". You realise, gosh, awesome. Consequently, you start thinking, how to combine the pleasant with the useful. Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, does it. Against all odds, even risking his life, holding on to a spot in the desert, to invest millions of Dollars. Beautiful.
Probably Beattys best performance since Shampoo he is astonishing as Bugsy Siegel a man with a vision and a softness for women.
Bening is great here too and Levinson directs with panache and Style.
James Tobacks script crackles with great dialogue and the film delivers on every level