Newest Reviews
Beyond The Time Barrier
Mad Max: Fury Road
Turbo Kid
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
London Road
Sons of the Desert
Les Combattants
Beyond the Reach
Anna Christie
Kind Hearts and Coronets
Ilsa the Tigress of Siberia
80,000 Suspects
Newest Articles
Shakin' with Laughter or Stirred into Action: Silly Bond vs Serious Bond
Green Screen: Ecological Horror of the 1970s
What in the Weird? Arthur C. Clarke’s World of Strange Powers
Public Info Ltd: The Essential Richard Massingham
Who Ordered a Seqwolf? Howling II and American Werewolf in Paris


  The movie Bugsy was released in 1991 and starred Warren Beatty, Barry Levinson and Mark Johnson. Directed by Barry Levinson the movie tells the tale of Benjamin Bugsy Siegel who is a member of the New York mob. In California he meets and falls in love with Hollywood starlet Virginia Hill (played by Annette Bening).

The reason why Bugsy is in California is to relieve Jack Dragna, a gangster from Los Angeles, of the control of the betting parlours. He encounters Mickey Cohen when he finds the latter burgling Dragna's office and decides to go into partnership with him and puts him in charge of the casinos.

While visiting Nevada on business Bugsy dreams up an idea to open a casino in the Nevada desert. In order to finance it he raises $1 million from Meyer Lansky and several of his mob friends. Virginia, his moll, is put in charge of finance and work on building the casino, which will be the Las Vegas Hotel Casino, commences. However the costs escalate hugely, and the soon hit $6 million, though Bugsy tried everything he can to raise the money.

In Los Angeles he encounters an old associate called Harry Greenberg, who is in trouble on a number of counts, namely gambling debts and the law; but eventually he is killed by Bugsy. Arrested for the murder, he gets off through lack of evidence. Meyer Lansky subsequently gives Bugsy a large amount of money telling him that this is the last time he will protect him.

Noting that $2 million is missing from the casino accounts, Bugsy finds out that the money was taken by Virginia, but he tells her to hang on to it. He then advises Lansky to hold on to his casino shares, however that very evening he is assassinated.

In real life, Virginia returned the money though later she committed suicide. Eventually, the $6 million invested in the casino generated revenue of more than $100 billion. The Las Vegas Casino still exists today, though now it is a luxurious hotel casino and there is also an online casino with the same name. In many ways it is a much safer way to play casino games, playing online slots in JackpotCity. In any case you are less likely get in trouble with your slots winnings, and it's always good practice for a career in casino films.

Author: Darren Jones


< Back to Article list

Untitled 1

Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.

Latest Poll
Which film has the best theme music?
Superman: The Movie
The Dark Knight
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three ('74)
Star Wars
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Great Escape
The Ipcress File
The Magnificent Seven
Back to the Future

Recent Visitors
Dan Schneider
Graeme Clark
Enoch Sneed
  Rachel Franke
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
  Yvonne Jarman
Paul Smith


Last Updated: 18 March, 2006