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Lansky (1999)

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DVD Release Date
• R1: Jul 27, 1999

MPAA Rating
Rated R for language, violence and nudity.

Running Time
1 hour, 33 minutes

Country USA

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Genre: Crime, Drama, Gangsters, Biography

Plot: LANSKY tells the true story of a young immigrant's ascent from poverty to almost unimaginable riches through hard-edged business sense and a ruthless ability to murder anyone who ever got in his way. Richard Dreyfuss stars as Meyer Lansky, a genius white-collar criminal on the run from the FBI. As he hops from country to country in search of asylum, he recounts his years as a dirt-poor youth in New York City's Lower East Side (a vibrant and dangerous multiracial ghetto in the early 1900s); as a rising gang member with such fearsome allies as Lucky Luciano and Bugsy Siegel; and as a wizard of crooked accounting who became one of the most influential figures in the history of American organized crime.

Backed by a strong supporting cast (most notably Beverly D’Angelo and Eric Roberts) and sparked by a dynamite David Mamet script, Dreyfuss delivers a powerful and deeply moving performance as the aged mafioso. Produced for HBO, LANSKY did not receive the widespread acclaim it deserved. With LANSKY, director John McNaughton (HENRY PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER, WILD THINGS) delivers another of his penetrating cinematic investigations of the teeming shadow world undergirding late-20th-century American life.

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 Directed by
John McNaughton
Wild Things, Mad Dog and Glory, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
 Written by
 Cast
Richard Dreyfuss
Jaws, Stand by Me, Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Anthony LaPaglia
Empire Records, The Client, Summer of Sam
Max Perlich
Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Blow, Cliffhanger
Beverly D'Angelo
American History X, Christmas Vacation, Vacation
Matthew Settle
U-571, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Illeana Douglas
Goodfellas, Cape Fear, Ghost World
Ryan Merriman
The Ring Two, Halloween: Resurrection, Final Destination 3
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 Music By
George S. Clinton
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers in Goldmember



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