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

Bye, honey.

See you at six o'clock

at the station.

To speak properly it is necessary

to enunciate every syllable.

20 dwarves took turns

doing handstands on the carpet.

20 dwarves took turns

doing handstands on the carpet.

20 dwarves took turns

doing handstands on the carpet.

20 dwarves took turns

doing handstands on the carpet.

- This is like a lavender.

- Yes, it goes well with white.

Exquisite combination, Mr. Siegel.

Just as tasteful as always.

- Mr. Siegel. Floor please, madam?

- Penthouse.

If we make love,

it'll be the only time.

- What if you like it?

- I know I'll like it.

- I got off on the wrong floor.

- You'd better get back on.

- Don't stop...

- Is that hurting?

Meyer, I've got half an hour.

I've got ten minutes of sunlamp...

All right,

I'll do the sunlamp on the train.

Of course I'm alone.

She was an hour ago.

I've got to do it.

Call Charlie. He likes to take a nap

when there's going to be trouble.

Ben, it really affects my opinion

of your ability to administrate -

- when you get yourself involved in

this type of detaiI. Right, Charlie?

- Of course.

- See what I'm talking about?

- You just shook his head.

- What else was I gonna to do?

Count to 53.

- Good evening, Mr. Siegel.

- Hi, give that a brush for me.

- Weren't you going to California?

- I came to give you a present.

- Present?

- Yeah, open it.

- I don't get it.

- We hired you to do a job.

We pay you a nice salary,

we throw in a piece of the action -

- and you pay us back

by stealing from us.

Do you want the shirt off my back?

I'd be happy to give it you.

Here, from Sulka's.

They're the ones I wear.

If l'd taken longer, I'd have

bought some pants and some suits.

But I can give you some tips.

Let me see your shoes.

I don't want to be rude to you,

but they don't go with anything.

$3,900 we paid three guys to take

care of this. Why are we here?

You know his thinking process.

Ben has only one problem.

The same problem he had when

we were kids together on the street.

He doesn't respect money.

But that's for summer... and you

don't have to worry about summer.

If it was just business, I'd sell

insurance or import dresses.

The key to taking over Jack Dragna's

Southern California rackets -

- is to come in smooth. Approach

him like we want to be a partner.

The guy's been running the rackets

for 20 years with no competition.

- Except for Mickey Cohen.

- So we move in amiably.

- What about the bars and clubs?

- Fifty-fifty.

We move in,

but we don't ruin anything.

- Joey A. Knows Jack Dragna.

- Jack's a cold-blooded killer.

You've got to be careful. Don't say

nothing he'd take offence at.

- What are you smiling at?

- Nothing.

- Why can't we go to California?

- Maybe next time.

When you get to Los Angeles,

don't call George.

He's a movie star now, and attracts

more attention than Roosevelt.

- This has to be quick and quiet.

- And amiable.

Very funny. 12 days.

Four days out. Four days

of diplomacy. Four days back.

- Ben, could I talk to you a minute?

- After I say goodbye to the family.

I'll miss you.

When I get you on the phone,

tell me what presents you want.

- I already know what I want.

- Don't tell me now. Think about it.

- I need money, Ben. $50,000.

- For what?

The cops, the D.A., the FBI.

They're threatening to lock me up.

They're no good, these people,

except assistant D.A. Allen Stein.

Jewish kid.

His family's from Bedford Street.

What happened to the 50,000

for the armoured truck heist?

It's gone. You know me with money,

I blew it at the track.

Are you saying that if you don't

get it you're going to rat on me?

You? Never. I love you, Ben.

I would never rat on you.

You ain't gonna kill me, are you?

I'm going to try very hard

to forget that this ever happened.

- I owe you my life, Ben.

- I'd say that's a fair assessment.

Bend your knees, Harry.

When you jump from the train, bend

your knees to soften the impact.

Okay, Ben. Sure thing.

This has been four of the most

wonderful days I've ever spent.

A lot of it

was in the motion of the train.

He knows you. Are you somebody, too?

I love you, George.

- You look like a million bucks.

- You're looking good yourself.

Well, that's what they pay me for.

Okay, we're moving on here.

You're at the Beverly Hills Hotel,

bungalow five.

I know you said four days,

but I reserved six.

- Jack Dragna's the kingpin here.

- He runs a nice little operation.

Less to worry about. I'll drop you,

then run back to the studio.

- Why don't I go with you?

- If you like.

Hank's my friend. A dame like you

will give him a lot of headaches.

- I'm on to you.

- The blueprints are all drawn.

- New cigarette.

- She's eaten a whole cigarette.

Forget that you've ever seen him.

Here, get what I mean?

Take that money

and buy yourself some manners.

To waste on you?

Two bucks for one beer

and some phoney champagne?

Here's half a buck.

Split it between you.

Two bucks for one beer

and some phoney champagne?

- Here's half a buck.

- You're so cheap you're wholesale.

Don't forget, mister,

I asked you nice.

Rolling, quiet please.

Benny, you want to hit somebody

with a chair?

With this

I can hit home runs all night.

- Take this in case I come back.

- Can't I have a line?

Honey, he's the star.

- That was impressive, Georgie boy.

- I'm a pro.

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James Toback

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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