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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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.
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!
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Great buy...just wish they had the longer version in the begining of the movie ..where they/Costelo trys to steal a horse . Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on June 25 2004
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 morePublished on Feb. 9 2004
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 morePublished on Aug. 22 2003 by jf42zero
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 morePublished on April 18 2003 by Sinitta