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Gangster Wars (1981)

Three poor ghetto kids in turn-of-the-century New York City grow up to become feared gangsters.

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Richard DeKoker
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Nouri ... Charles "Lucky" Luciano
Brian Benben ... Michael Lasker
Joe Penny ... Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel
Richard S. Castellano ... Giuseppe "Joe the Boss" Masseria
Louis Giambalvo ... Al Capone
George DiCenzo ... Arnold Rothstein
Joseph Mascolo ... Salvatore Maranzano
Jonathan Banks ... Dutch Schultz
Robert F. Lyons ... Legs Diamond
Markie Post ... Chris Brennan
Chad Redding Chad Redding ... Joy Olser
Madeleine Stowe ... Ruth Lasker
Robert John Burke ... Officer Reardon
Robert Davi ... Vito Genovese
Jon Polito ... Thomas "Three Fingers Brown" Lucchese
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Three poor ghetto kids in turn-of-the-century New York City grow up to become feared gangsters.

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1981 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Guerra de gangsters See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)
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The movie's four central characters were based on the lives of gangsters Bugsy Siegel, Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, and Al Capone. See more »

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Edited from The Gangster Chronicles (1981) See more »

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Slow-moving supposedly fact-based story...
27 April 2001 | by dwpollarSee all my reviews

1st watched 4/27/2001 - 3 out of 10(Dir-Richard C. Sarafian): Slow-moving supposedly fact-based story of real gangsters ranging from Lucky Luciano to Al Capone with almost everyone in between. The focus is on Luciano(played by Michael Nouri) and his friends Bugsy Siegel and Michael Lasker(who is a fictional character). It's hard to believe that these people who just wanted to be in the bootleg business turned into what they became. This I think is where the movie fails. We don't believe the actors, and we don't see any pain that these people went thru in any of their relationships. Most of the characters are played without emotion, even in their bedrooms. The hard part is believing that so many people had the same response. The police are not even present in this film(Do we believe that goodness didn't exist in these settings?). If this truly is the way life was, I'm sure glad I didn't live in New York or Chicago during these times.


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