Tim Purtell
December 08, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

Bugsy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
134 minutes
performer
Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Elliott Gould, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Joe Mantegna, Bebe Neuwirth
director
Barry Levinson
distributor
TriStar Pictures
genre
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B

The first hour or so of Bugsy, Barry Levinson’s biopic, still tingles with smarts and venom. When Warren Beatty’s charming, hot-tempered mobster tries to woo Annette Bening’s trampy moll on a Hollywood movie set, she blows cigarette smoke his way and dismisses him snappily: ”Why don’t you run outside and jerk yourself a soda?” Alas, as their characters become more sympathetic, the film loses that gum-behind-the-ears tartness.

EXTRAS
Deleted scenes and a doc with Beatty, Levinson, and screenwriter James Toback, who does most of the talking.

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