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'BUGSY' - or "How Vegas was Born".

Updated: Jan 27, 2022

"Bugsy" (1991) Directed by: Barry Levinson.

The takeaway here is: don't use your own money. And if you're going to use your own money, don't use the mob's money.

And if you're going to use the mob's money, don't use more than you have of it. And don't let some leggy bombshell with a taste for spending have access to your books. Look - Bugsy was himself either a genius hero or a ruthless mobster, but either way he was the right S.O.B. to envision Las Vegas as a glittering altar to the God of Gambling.

Too bad he wouldn't live to see the sparkling success of his vision. Makes you wonder if the mob ever regrets a hit. You think they sit around wondering what other brilliant money Bugsy could have made for them if they'd let him live long enough to pay off his debts? Probably not. Probably too busy counting the cash coming in from 'The Strip."

After a $30m budget, the movie grossed just under 50m. That's not house-odds kind of money, but it's nothing to sneeze at either. Take a gamble - if you haven't seen it, watch it. It's like seeing a beautiful car head towards an unglamorous train. We all know the whack is on its way, but just how far can this smooth driver make it before his end? He made the Flamingo, he made Vegas, and he makes a pretty good movie, too.

Warren Beatty, Annette Bening

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