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Bugsy

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Bugsy

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
134 minutes
performer:
Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Elliott Gould, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Joe Mantegna, Bebe Neuwirth
director:
Barry Levinson
distributor:
TriStar Pictures
genre:
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B

The first hour or so of Bugsy, Barry Levinson’s biopic, still tingles with smarts and venom. When Warren Beatty’s charming, hot-tempered mobster tries to woo Annette Bening’s trampy moll on a Hollywood movie set, she blows cigarette smoke his way and dismisses him snappily: ”Why don’t you run outside and jerk yourself a soda?” Alas, as their characters become more sympathetic, the film loses that gum-behind-the-ears tartness.

EXTRAS
Deleted scenes and a doc with Beatty, Levinson, and screenwriter James Toback, who does most of the talking.