Synopsis: New York gangster Ben Bugsy Siegel takes a brief business trip to Los Angeles. A sharp-dressing womaniser with a foul temper, Siegel doesn't hesitate to kill or maim anyone crossing him. In L.A. the life, the movies, and most of all strong-willed Virginia Hill detain him while his family wait back home. Then a trip to a run-down gambling joint at a spot in the desert known as Las Vegas gives him his big idea.
Director(s): Barry Levinson
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 38 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
136 min

May I?

If you want an answer,

finish the question.

- Light your cigarette?

- Sure.

I thought you were going to ask me

something a little more exciting.

- Like what?

- Use your imagination.

- I'm using it.

- Let me know when you're finished.

Is she a bit player?

Flamingo? Not for Joey Adonis.

That's Virginia Hill.

Joey's crazy. No woman is worth

a bullet between the eyes.

It depends on whose eyes

and which woman.

Why is Ben Siegel so interested in

a gal who's going with his friend?

Joey A? He's just an associate.

Are you still going with him?

If it were New Year's Eve, he'd be

my date. Who would your date be?

Wife. Esta. E-S-T-A.

I'll bet Esta lives her life

faithful to her one and only Ben, -

- who plays around like a jackrabbit

and lies through his teeth.

- I don't lie to Esta.

- Do you confess your sins to her?

What exactly does Mr. Esta

want from Miss Virginia?

Mr. Esta can't imagine anything

he doesn't want from Miss Virginia.

- Are you ready for a divorce?

- Never.

You're pretty ferocious

where Mom is concerned.

The rest of the time you're just

a sweet-talking, f*ck-happy fellow -

- with some good dialogue.

Dialogue's cheap in Hollywood.

Why don't you run outside

and jerk yourself a soda?

How would someone go about

getting a screen test done?

- Do you know someone who wants one?

- No, I'm just interested.

What about Virginia Hill?

Does she have a future in movies?

I'm not sure of my own future.

Lana Turner lives there.

Cesar Romero lives there.

Gary Cooper is there on the right.

He paid 45 grand.

- Houses bring that kind of money?

- Sure, and more.

- Who's is that?

- Lawrence... The opera singer.

- Not Melchoir, the other guy.

- Lawrence Tibbett? Stop.

- What are you doing?

- Paying my respects.

I'm looking for Lawrence Tibbett.

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James Toback (born November 23, 1944) is an American screenwriter and film director. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1991 for Bugsy. He has directed films including The Pick-up Artist, Two Girls and a Guy and Black and White. On October 22, 2017, the Los Angeles Times reported that 38 women have accused Toback of sexual harassment or assault. Since the article was published, 357 additional women contacted Los Angeles Times and said that Toback had sexually harassed them. The accounts stretch over a 40-year period. Toback has denied all the allegations. more…

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