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Bugsy
Directed by Barry Levinson
Produced by Warren Beatty
Mark Johnson
Barry Levinson
Charles Newirth
Written by Dean Jennings (book We Only Kill Each Other: The Life and Bad Times of Bugsy Siegel)
James Toback
Starring Warren Beatty
Annette Bening
Harvey Keitel
Ben Kingsley
and
Joe Mantegna
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date(s) 13 December 1991
Running time 135 Min Theatrical
149 Extended Version
Language English
IMDb profile

Bugsy is a 1991 film which tells the story of mobster Bugsy Siegel. It stars Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Elliott Gould, Joe Mantegna Bebe Neuwirth and Bill Graham (promoter). Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Barry Levinson Barry Levinson (born April 6, 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a Jewish-American screenwriter, film director, actor, and producer of film and television. ... Mark Johnson may refer to: Mark Johnson (professor), philosophy professor Mark Johnson (footballer) (born 1978), Australian rules footballer Mark Johnson (film producer) Mark Johnson (umpire), baseball umpire Mark Johnson (hockey player) (born 1957) Mark Johnson (rugby) Mark Johnson (baseball analyst) Mark Johnson (musician) Mark Johnson (football club director), director of... Barry Levinson Barry Levinson (born April 6, 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a Jewish-American screenwriter, film director, actor, and producer of film and television. ... Charles Newirth (Born August 22, 1955 in New York City) is an American film producer. ... James Toback (b. ... Henry Warren Beatty (born March 30, 1937), better known as Warren Beatty, is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning American actor, producer, screenwriter, and director. ... Annette Bening (born May 29, 1958) is an American Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress. ... Harvey Keitel (born May 13, 1939) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor from New York City. ... Sir Ben Kingsley, CBE, (born December 31, 1943) is a British actor. ... Joseph Anthony Mantegna, Jr. ... The TriStar Pictures logo from 1993 to the present TriStar redirects here. ... is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... For other usages see Theatre (disambiguation) Theater (American English) or Theatre (British English and widespread usage among theatre professionals in the US) is that branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle &#8212... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Henry Warren Beatty (born March 30, 1937), better known as Warren Beatty, is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning American actor, producer, screenwriter, and director. ... Annette Bening (born May 29, 1958) is an American Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress. ... Harvey Keitel (born May 13, 1939) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor from New York City. ... Sir Ben Kingsley, CBE, (born December 31, 1943) is a British actor. ... Elliott Gould (born Elliott Goldstein on August 29, 1938) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... Joseph Anthony Mantegna, Jr. ... Bebe Neuwirth Beatrice Bebe Neuwirth (born December 31, 1958) is an American theater, television, and film actress. ... Bill Graham (January 8, 1931–October 25, 1991) was a very well-known American rock concert promoter, who was prominent from the 1960s until his death. ...


The movie was written by James Toback from research material by Dean Jennings. It was directed by Barry Levinson. James Toback (b. ... Barry Levinson Barry Levinson (born April 6, 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a Jewish-American screenwriter, film director, actor, and producer of film and television. ...

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Plot Summary

Gangster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel (Warren Beatty) who works for the Chicago mob goes to California and instantly falls in love with Virginia Hill (Annette Bening) and then buys a house. He decides to take a trip to Nevada where he comes up with the idea for a casino in the desert. He enlists the help of gangster Mickey Cohen (Harvey Keitel) and acquires funding from gangster Meyer Lansky (Ben Kingsley) and other Chicago mobsters who approve the deal for $ 1 million dollars. Bugsy puts Virginia in charge of accounting and begins construction of the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada but has no sense of control and the budget soon rises to $ 6 million. Bugsy tries everything to ensure it gets made and sells his share of the casino and most of his belongings. Upset about the costs, the fact that the casino is a failure and that $ 2 million of the budget has been stolen Meyer Lansky asks Bugsy to meet him in Los Angeles. Bugsy discovers that Virginia stole the money but decides to keep it and save it for a rainy day rather than return it. He then calls Lansky and tells him never to sell his share of the casino and that he'll live to thank him someday. While in his home back in L.A. later that night Bugsy is killed by several gunshots and one ripping clean through his eye (presumably from an assassin hired by Lansky or one of the other mobsters). Virginia is told the news back in Las Vegas and becomes upset rushing out of the casino. The final text before the credits states that she returned the missing money a week later and committed suicide shortly after that. It also states that by 1991 (The films release year) the $ 6 million invested in Bugsy's dream of Las Vegas had generated revenues of over $ 100 billion dollars. For other uses, see Gangster (disambiguation). ... Benjamin Bugsy Siegel (February 28, 1906 – June 20, 1947) was an American gangster, popularly thought to be the impetus behind large-scale development of Las Vegas. ... Henry Warren Beatty (born March 30, 1937), better known as Warren Beatty, is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning American actor, producer, screenwriter, and director. ... Virginia Hill (1916-1966) was a US mob courier famous for being the only steady girlfriend of Hollywood gangster Bugsy Siegel. ... Annette Bening (born May 29, 1958) is an American Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress. ... Meyer Harris Mickey Cohen (September 4, 1913 in Brooklyn, New York – July 29 1976 in Los Angeles, California) was a gangster based in L.A. from the 1930s through 1970s. ... Harvey Keitel (born May 13, 1939) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor from New York City. ... Meyer Lansky (born Majer Suchowliński, July 4, 1902 – January 15, 1983) was an American gangster who, with Charles Lucky Luciano, was instrumental in the development of the National Crime Syndicate in the United States. ... Sir Ben Kingsley, CBE, (born December 31, 1943) is a British actor. ... The Flamingo Las Vegas is a hotel casino located on the famed Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is owned and operated by Harrahs Entertainment. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ...


Awards

It won Academy Awards for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration and Best Costume Design. It was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Warren Beatty), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Harvey Keitel), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Ben Kingsley), Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Music, Original Score, Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. It received 8 Golden Globe nominations and won for Best Picture - Drama. The Silence of the Lambs won many categories where Bugsy received nominations in 1991. Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Academy Awards are the oldest awards ceremony for achievements in motion pictures. ... This Academy Award was first given for movies made in 1948 when separate awards were given for black-and-white and color movies. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Charles Rosher the first recipient in 1928 The Academy Award for Best Cinematography is awarded each year to a cinematographer for his work in one particular motion picture. ... The Academy Award for Directing is one of the awards given to directors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. ... The Academy Award for Original Music Score is presented to the best substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ... // The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Academy Awards, awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are voted on by others within the industry. ... // The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 Academy Award-winning film directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. ...


Following their meeting while making this movie, Warren Beatty and Annette Bening were married.


Controversy

Despite its good reviews, Bugsy faced considerable controversy over its portrayal of Siegel. Many felt the film glossed over many parts of his life, such as the rapes and domestic abuses he committed. Some also contend the film romanticized his life by portraying Siegel as a generally good guy, rather than an abusive, short-tempered gangster he was known as. Some who knew Siegel said the film portrayed his gambling and business life accurately, but his personality with flaw.


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Preceded by
Dances with Wolves
Golden Globe for Best Picture - Drama
1992
Succeeded by
Schindler's List

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Bugsy Siegel, Gangster (1089 words)
The name "Bugsy" is a term of endearment or honor in the gangster world and is given out to those that show no fear in sticky situations, or who are willing to do the jobs that others are afraid to take.
Bugsy Siegel hated the name and anyone who used it to his face risked their own personal health as Siegel was not a man to mess with.
Bugsy Siegel is associated with gambling in Las Vegas and people will be surprised that his work in Vegas came at the very end of his life.
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