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Levinson, Barry, director, producer.
Uniform Title:
Bugsy (Motion picture)
Extended cut.
Publication Information:
Culver City, CA : Tri-Star Pictures : Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2006.

Physical Description:
2 videodiscs (approximately 149 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
If he hadn't been a gangster, he might have been honored on a postage stamp, as the Father of Las Vegas. When Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel ventured west with some of the Eastern mob's investment funds in the early 1940s, he fell in love with the movies, and a feisty moll named Virginia Hill. Siegel had a vision, which gave rise to an historic plan to transform Las Vegas from a sleepy, sand-choked backwater into an international entertainment Mecca. Nobody shared his vision, but he knew that if he built it, they would come. He built it with other people's money, dangerous people like Meyer Lansky, Moe Green, and Charlie Luciano. While creating this seductive vision, he became so obsessed with it that he was rubbed out before he could see the modern city that sprang from his dream. In their posh Vegas boardrooms, though, the mobsters made out like bandits.
General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 1991.
Business as usual -- Parting gift -- Movie extra -- Sparking interest -- Impulsive actions -- Showstopper -- Nightcap -- Mickey situation -- Bull fighters -- Barking orders -- Dinner date -- Casino sore -- Gossip column -- Host with the most -- To destiny -- The Flamingo -- Harry mess -- In too deep -- Setting sail -- Avoiding the obvious -- New beginnings -- Keeping tabs -- Finding funding -- Virginia's vengeance -- Behind closed doors -- Money matters -- Wind is blowing -- Game's over

Road to Damascus : the reinvention of Bugsy Siegel
Reading Level:
MPAA Rating: Unrated [extended cut]; Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A.
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DVD 62346 Adult DVD Central Library
DVD 62346 Adult DVD Audio Visual

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Bugsy is a character study of mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel wrapped up in a gangster movie. Siegel (Warren Beatty in a flashy performance) arrives in California in the Forties, assigned to oversee the L.A. rackets. He is quickly seduced by both the glamour of Hollywood and actress Virginia Hill (Annette Bening), whom he romances despite being unable to leave his wife and children. Siegel soon has a vision to transform a barren stretch of Nevada desert into an oasis of gambling and entertainment -- the seeds from which Las Vegas was sown. Funded by his gangster bosses, including Meyer Lansky (Ben Kingsley), the flamboyant Siegel sees his budget soar past its original $6 million, a problem compounded by the fact that Virginia has embezzled $2 million of it. In trouble with his superiors, Siegel flies back to L.A. to face the music, telling Virginia to keep the money. He would not live to see his dream of Las Vegas come true. The film is fast-paced and well-directed by Barry Levinson, with an intelligent script by James Toback and excellent support from Kingsley and Harvey Keitel as gangster Mickey Cohen. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi