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Bugsy

Synopsis
Feature film. The story of Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel, the East coast mobster who came to Hollywood in the 1940s to take over the West coast racketeering business, was seduced by its glamour and became mythologised as the man who invented Las Vegas. Critic Katherine Eggert (op cit) has argued that ‘The plot of BUGSY is, to put it baldly, exactly the plot of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. The primary characters and the sequence and rhythm of events are the same’.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1991
Duration
134 mins

Credits

Director
Barry Levinson
Producer
Barry Levinson; Mark Johnson (2); Warren Beatty
Cinematographer
Allen Daviau
Screenplay
James Toback
Music
Enrico Morricone
Production Design
Dennis Gassner
Costume
Albert Wolsky
Art Direction
Leslie McDonald
Cast
Warren BeattyBenjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel (Mark Antony)
Annette BeningVirginia Hill (Cleopatra)
Ben KingsleyMeyer Lansky (Octavius Caesar)
Bill GrahamCharlie Luciano (Lepidus)
Harvey KeitelMickey Cohen

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Antony and Cleopatra
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Gangster films

Notes

Awards
1991 Academy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Kingsley and Keitel), Best Cinematography, Best Direction, Best Music, Original Score, Best Picture. Won Oscars for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Dennis Gassner, Nancy Haigh) and Best Costume Design (Albert Wolsky).
Reviews
Eggert, Katherine. ‘Age Cannot Wither Him: Warren Beatty’s BUGSY as Hollywood Cleopatra’ in Boose, Lynda E. & Richard Burt (eds) Shakespeare the Movie: Popularising the Plays on Film, TV and Video. London: Routledge, 1997, pp 198-214.

Production Company

Name

Baltimore Pictures

Name

Desert Vision

Name

Mulholland Productions

Name

TriStar Pictures

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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