Michael Karbelnikoff (1991)

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Our Score
It is extraordinary that, with gangster-era America providing such a natural source of drama, director Michael Karbelnikoff should turn gritty reality into such an empty tale. Hampered by inanity and a tortuous plot, Christian Slater (as "Lucky" Luciano), Patrick Dempsey (Meyer Lansky) and Richard Grieco ("Bugsy" Siegel) still manage to look reasonably credible in period suits, while Anthony Quinn and Michael Gambon, as two hard-nut mobsters, supply the flair and fire.


Notorious gangsters Bugsy Siegel and Lucky Luciano and their cronies make a daring bid to overthrow the dons of Twenties New York. Crime thriller, starring Christian Slater, Patrick Dempsey, Richard Grieco, Anthony Quinn, F Murray Abraham and Michael Gambon.

Cast & Crew

Charlie "Lucky" Luciano Christian Slater
Meyer Lansky Patrick Dempsey
Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel Richard Grieco
Frank Costello Costas Mandylor
Don Masseria Anthony Quinn
Arnold Rothstein F Murray Abraham
Don Faranzano Michael Gambon
Mara Motes Lara Flynn Boyle
Tommy Reina Chris Penn
"Mad Dog" Coll Nicholas Sadler
Anna Leslie Bega
Joey Rodney Eastman
Rabbi Alan Charof
Irish cop Anto Nolan
Antonio Luciano Andy Romano
Rosalie Luciano Bianca Rossini
Rocco Robert Z'dar
Joey's mother Traci Swensen
Joe Palermo Leonard Termo
Father Bonotto Seymour Cassel
Sonny Catania Frank Collison
Director Michael Karbelnikoff
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, a sex scene and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray