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Mobsters

Christian Slater , Patrick Dempsey , Michael Karbelnikoff    NR (Not Rated)   VHS Tape
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Somewhat of an excuse to throw together four hot young actors of the moment in a serious environment, Mobsters nonetheless is a decent treatment of the rise of four of the most infamous gangsters of the 20th century. Christian Slater and Patrick Dempsey play Charlie "Lucky" Luciano and Meyer Lansky, respectively, best friends since they were kids on the mean streets of New York. When Prohibition hits, these young ambitious hoods--along with Bugsy Siegel (Richard Grieco) and Frank Costello (Costas Mandylor) make their move to take over the rackets, even as it jeopardizes their friendship. Featuring cameos by Anthony Quinn, Michael Gambon, and F. Murray Abraham, Mobsters is a guilty pleasure if a not too serious one. --Robert Lane

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3.0 out of 5 stars Well...it could have been better... Feb. 17 2004
Format:DVD
I saw this on cable for the other night, and was kind of frustrated by this movie. It was ok, as mob movies go, but the difference between this and a movie like "Goodfellas" is like little league vs Major League baseball.
I saw the potential for a very good or even a great movie, if it had been handled better. This movie was based off of the factual creation of American Cosa Nostra as we know and love it. The formation of the Five Families. The creation of the Commission. The rise to power of Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel. If handled right, this could have been another Godfather.
But it wasn't. Miscasting, for one. And I mostly mean Christian Slater. He could not pull off the role, struggle as he might. Christian, could you have at least tried to do a Sicilian accent? Just a hint of one? No? Ok, how about convincing emotions? A bit of character? No?
When I started watching the movie, I was prepared for pain at the portrayal of Meyer Lansky by that kid who was in all of those late 80's-early 90's screwy romantic comedies. But I was actually pleasantly surprised. The kid was actually trying, and it showed. Christian--take notes!
Anyway, I'm watching this movie, as I said, and watching a good movie try to emerge from a mediocre one, and I was struck by two magic words that could have made this a movie to remember, especially considering the source material.
Those two words? Martin Scorsese.
'nuff said? The Martin Scorsese treatment + better casting = a movie for the ages.
Well, hopefully someday Hollywood will do this real-life mob story *right*. Until then, watch "Mobsters" with low expectations and you should be able to deal with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS MOVIE IS THE MONEY BABY Jan. 21 2003
Format:VHS Tape
MOBSTERS IS A GREAT SHAKIN FLICK BABY-ITS ABOUT THE RISE OF CHARLIE LUCKY LUCIANO-MEYER LANSKEY-BUGSY SIEGEL AND FRANK COSTELLO-AND HOW THEY WERE THE MOB MEN OF THE 1920S IN NEW YORK CITY!
LUCKY HAS BEEN WANTING TO GET BACK AT THIS CAT MOB BOSS SINCE THE BOSS KILLED HIS OWN NEPHEW AND DESTROYED LUCKYS FATHER-AND HE GETS BACK AT HIM IN A GREAT WAY BABY!
THROUGH IT ALL-LUCKYS GANG REMAINED FRIENDS-EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE A FEW SCENES WHEN THEY FIGHT-THE BEST PART WAS WHEN A MOB CAT IS TRYING TO KILL LUCKY AND MEYER WITH TWO TOMMY GUNS-AND IS FIRING AT THEIR CAR-A GREAT SCENE!
SO I WOULD RECCOMEND THIS MOVIE TO ANY SWINGIN CAT WHO LIKES THE MOB AND CHRIS SLATER!
SO GO RENT MOBSTERS-ITS A REAL SHAKER!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too bad i couldnt give it 0 stars March 2 2004
Format:DVD
This is the worst movie ever made. Who would ever buy that Christian Slater could be Charlie Luciano??? After he was attacked b Maranzano's people he didnt even have the droopy eye. Jesus. Masseria, they couldn't even say his name right. And MARANZANO (they couldnt even SPELL his name right!) was a nazi, not an italian. Who would buy that nazi that played maranzano as an italian mob boss. Anyone who likes this movie should be shot. and dont even get me started on richard greico. Who invited 21 jump street to this party? if you want a better painted picture of what these guys were like, with ALOT better casting, then get "Lansky" with Richard Dreyfuss. Mobsters is a joke.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They didnt Take Orders... They Took Over.... Feb. 22 2003
Format:VHS Tape
A movie with the hottest leading man and a great story line about the history of New York and the rest of the US. Richard Grieco, Christian Slater, Patrick Dempsey and Costas Manylor are great as the infamous gangster who went down in the history of the US.
This movie captures a true story of the rise of organized crime in America in the 1920's.
The movie follows four daring men and their rise from rags to riches story. Charming Lucy Luciano, the head strong Meyer Lansky, the ruthless, blood thrisy Busgy Siegel and the diplomatic Frank Costello, organized the all the activities in the America.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute garbage. July 6 2004
Format:DVD
O.K. who's brainstorm was this? They need two behind the ear. How can you take the phenomenal, real life story of Charlie Luciano's rise to power during the Castellamarese war, and turn it into "Mobsters"?!! This had the potential to be a fantastic picture, up until they hired the casting director. Instead it was turned into 21 Jump Street during prohibition. Luciano, Maranzano, Costello, Lansky etc. are doing cartwheels in their grave everytime anyone puts this in their DVD player. Trust me, "Mobsters" is an offer you can definately refuse.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, but inaccurate history lesson July 30 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This movie has some very great aspects to it. If you just enjoy a fast moving, quick thinking film, than this is for you. If you are a mafia history buff, than it is not. Basically this movie focuses on Lucky Luciano, and his three friends. Luciano is portrayed as almost a martyr in it, when in real life he was a common thug. The movie is very entertaining, but if you know anything about Luciano, and his associates, than you'll realize that there are tons of historical inaccuracies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great...movie Aug. 19 2003
Format:DVD
I first of all have to say, THANK GOODNESS FOR WHOEVER HAD THE NERVE TO PUT THIS OUT ON DVD , FINALLY!!!! I've watched this movie at least 53 times,no exaggeration. This is one of the best gangster/mob movies ever made. All four actors are great! From portraying Charlie Luciano to Meyer Lansky to Bennie Siegal. Even the little hitman was believable in this film. My advice is to buy it, and buy a couple more for family and friends. They'll all love it as well. IT'S ABOUT TIME, FOLKS!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mobsters or Morons
The story and accuracy seem very good, the bad thing is that the actors don't fit. The actors are too young and not Italian. Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2008 by phamtruax
1.0 out of 5 stars you've got to be kidding me
Sorry but this may be the worst mob film ever. As far as I'm concerned the actors did not give the film credibility. Patrick Dempsey as Meyer Lansky? Read more
Published on June 25 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Good mobster movie...
I thought mobsters was a good mafia movie, though it had Christian Slater star as 'Lucky' Luciano. Could have been better, but another great mafia movie. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars About f*ckin time
What more can be said? as a person who enjoys buying dvd's like there's no tomorrow, and as a person who enjoys mobster movies, I have been waiting for days for Mobsters to be... Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2003 by jf42zero
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Good Mob entertainment with Christian Slater, Richard Grieco and many more. Why those two actors don't get the respect they deserve is still a miracle. Read more
Published on April 18 2003 by Sinitta
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, where's the DVD?
I loved this movie from the first time I saw it. It became a regular movie rented on our trips to Blockbuster. This movie is trully about friendship and the power of determination. Read more
Published on July 21 2002 by Q. Harper
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Mob Movie-Ever!! Were is the DVD?? I'm Waiting!!
This Movie Blows!! I like it so much that I want to Buy it on DVD
Please can Universal make this on DVD, I'm waiting!! Read more
Published on May 1 2002 by hector.trochez@allurehome.com
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