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Lansky (1998)




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Scripted by David Mamet, this made-for-HBO outing dramatizes the brutal life and career of Meyer Lansky (Richard Dreyfuss), one of the key figures in American organized crime. The tale begins with Lansky's youth, when he was just another Jewish immigrant, and chronicles his rise from petty gambler to powerful crime lord.

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Richard Dreyfuss
as Meyer Lansky (age 40-70)
Eric Roberts
as Ben `Bugsy' Siegel
Anthony LaPaglia
as Lucky Luciano
Max Perlich
as Lansky (age 19-30)
Matthew Settle
as Siegel (age 17-30)
Paul Sincoff
as Luciano (age 17-30)
Ryan Merriman
as Lansky (age 12-14)
Anthony Medwetz
as Siegel (age 11)
Joshua Praw
as Lansky (age 7)
Illeana Douglas
as Anna Lansky
Beverly D'Angelo
as Teddy Lansky
Peggy Jo Jacobs
as Virginia Hill
Ron Perkins
as Polakoff
Maury Ginsberg
as Uri Behar
Bill Capizzi
as Joe Masseria
Ron Gilbert
as Maranzano
Sal Landi
as Joe Adonis
Peter Siragusa
as Mo Dalitz
Bill Macy
as Jewelry Shopkeeper
Bert Remsen
as Sen. Tobey
Robert Miano
as Vito Genovese
Larry Moss
as Benjamin Lansky
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Critic Reviews for Lansky

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

After so many Cosa Nostrums out of Hollywood tending to suggest that however violent, mobsters are also cute -- picking up tips from previous films on how to patter and swag; doing the Tarantino -- it's a relief to hear them in their brute banality.

February 5, 2018 | Full Review…

What we are left with in ''Lansky'' is an affable buddy movie with aspirations, or maybe they are just affectations.

December 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lansky

For nearly six decades, Meyer Lansky was the brains behind the mafia, and is credited for their rise to power in Las Vegas. While being one of the more interesting criminals to ever live, his role was mainly behind the scenes and the film about his life turned out to be much less interesting than the man himself. Meyer Lansky (Richard Dreyfuss) was a Europen Jew, who fled to America in the early 20th century. Living on the streets of New York, he quickly fell in with the wrong people and started laundering money and bootlegging alcohol for some of New York's biggest gangsters. Lansky along with Lucky Luciano and Bugsy Siegel, formed one of the most profitable organizations in the history of the Mob, and are credited as the first group to officially be refereed to as organized crime. I've always loved mafia movies and did genuinely want to learn more about Meyer Lansky, but the truth is, what he did really wasn't that interesting. He wasn't a boss, he wasn't a hitman, he was basically an accountant, trying to make money for all kinds of nasty people. The film was basically a behind the scenes look at the mob and I found it to be very long and boring. Reclusive veteran, Richard Dreyfuss, takes on the role of Lansky and fits the character like a glove. Dreyfuss even mirrored Lansky's mannerisms and was really very good. From an artistic stand point, Lansky was worth watching, as Dreyfuss wasn't the only one to turn in a powerhouse performance. I went into this film looking for an intense, fast-paced thriller, but what I got was more like some documentary on the mob, that put me to sleep. Everything was as it should be for an epic drama, but the truth is, the man they chose to feature, just wasn't the type of guy that needed to have a film made about his life.

Todd Smith
Todd Smith

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