From start to finish, it's a story of friendship between four street-wise males who don't mind using violence to achieve the lives that they want. They trust no one but each other, which is vital to their success as mobsters.

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Michael Mahern (story), Michael Mahern (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Slater ... Charlie 'Lucky' Luciano
Rodney Eastman ... Joey
Costas Mandylor ... Frank Costello
Richard Grieco ... Bugsy Siegel
Jeremy Schoenberg Jeremy Schoenberg ... Crapshooter
Miles Perlich Miles Perlich ... Crapshooter
Alan Charof ... Rabbi
Patrick Dempsey ... Meyer Lansky
Anto Nolan Anto Nolan ... Irish Cop
Andy Romano ... Antonio Luciano
Bianca Rossini ... Rosalie Luciano
Stevie Restivo Stevie Restivo ... Little Brother
Caroline Gillette Caroline Gillette ... Little Sister
Robert Z'Dar ... Rocco
Michael Gambon ... Don Faranzano
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Storyline

The story of a group of friends in turn of the century New York City, from their early days as street hoods to their rise in the world of organized crime. As their crime empire expands, they have to deal with many problems, including their own differing opinions on how to run their business, the local Godfather, Don Faranzano (Sir Michael Gambon), and the psychotic Mad Dog Coll (Nicholas Sadler). Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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They rose from nothing to rule everything. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Johnny Depp turned down the role of Charlie "Lucky" Luciano. See more »

Goofs

The results of Rothstein's first card deal on the table are not visible subsequently. See more »

Quotes

Bugsy: [to "No-Nose Tony" and the other Faranzano mobsters who've been jumping Rothstein's bootleg-shipments] ... Try this again and I will kill your mothers, fuck your sisters, and turn your brothers into eunuchs!
Lucky: I think you've made your point, Benny. Let's go.
Meyer Lansky: [Then, after Bugsy guns down No-Nose] ... You wanna start a war?
Bugsy: I don't mind.
Meyer Lansky: Well, I do. Sometimes you're so stupid I can't stand it.
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Alternate Versions

Was heavily cut to secure an M rating for its Summer 92 Australian theatrical run. The cuts were later restored for its R rated VHS release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bunheads: I'll Be Your Meyer Lansky (2013) See more »

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Really Cool!!
2 April 2006 | by carolynaySee all my reviews

I really enjoyed watching this movie. Everyone says that the characters were too young, but that's how young Lucky and the guys really were. Christian Slater was actually a couple of years older than Lucky at the time the movie was set. The age of the characters adds to the amazing ability of the kids to "succeed" the way that they did. All in all, the movie was a lot of fun. Even if you don't care for the movie itself, you can definitely appreciate the determination of these four guys and the power and strength of their friendship. The movie is fast paced and fun to watch, so it does a great job of keeping you entertained. It doesn't hurt to have four hot guys with power and guns, either.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gangsters See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,030,585, 28 July 1991

Gross USA:

$20,246,790

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,246,790
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Company Credits

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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