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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 17 February 2011
Under Charlie "Lucky" Luciano's reign, organised crime met peace for 15 years. This is the story of how he, Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel and Frank Costello, came to sit at the top end of the table after forming "The Commission".

Mobsters, a film that has some where along the line attained an extra part to its title - "The Evil Empire" - is a movie that seems to consistently let down newcomers who venture into it. I'll state right from the off that I very much enjoy the film, but, and it's a big but, I'm fully aware it's hardly a shining light for the gangster genre, or even a deep and detailed historical point of reference of the four boys who grew up to be mob "legends". However, those folk who harp on about the "G" movies by Marty and Francis; using them as a point of reference, should know better, while those venturing first time into it expecting "that" type of gangster movie clearly haven't looked at the facts.

Lets examine said facts. It's directed by Michael Karbelnikoff, who? Exactly. It stars Christian Slater (Luciano), Patrick Dempsey (Lansky), Richard Grieco (Siegel) & Costas Mandylor (Costello). Collectively they were at the time known for what? 21 Jump Street, 80s teen romances and 80s edgy angst. Hardly a roll call of actors about to take the gangster genre to greater heights is it? True, the film does offer hope by having the good pros Michael Gambon & Anthony Quinn as the two waring bosses about to be given a stern life lesson from the young upstarts, but at the time of Mobsters' release Gambon was still a fledgling name and Quinn was doing films like Ghosts Can't Do It & Only The Lonely!

After 1988 had seen the then current Brat Pack of Sheen, Estevez, Sutherland et al take on the Western genre with Young Guns, it was kind of inevitable, given that film's success (and its Slater starring sequel in 1990) that a young spunkier foray into gangster land would follow. And here it is in the fun, violent and semi-fictitious Mobsters. While Young Guns is no Magnificent Seven, and did the same Mobster hating crowd expect that also? So Mobsters is no "G" film either. The young cast work hard and enjoy themselves, with Grieco really looking the part in what was his first film. While F. Murray Abraham, Chris Penn and Lara Flynn-Boyle also feature; even if all are underdeveloped and in the case of Flynn-Boyle, a victim of one of those cheese laden slow-mo sex scenes!

If not expecting something too serious then this is a decent treatment of the legend of Luciano and Meyer etc. Over the top performances (Gambon/Quinn) blend with the watchable (Slater/Dempsey play off), and the manic (Nicholas Sadler as Mad Dog Coll) to leave an entertaining film that really wasn't trying to be one of those "G" films in the first place. 6.5/10
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on 4 February 2004
Great screenplay!
Fairly true to what actually happened to Luciano et al. back then. They did start out as street toughs and end up owning New York, at least on the streets.
Luciano was killed because he tried to make a film of his life when the guys said no.
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on 8 October 2013
Shows the loyalty of friends from childhood to adulthood.Only problem they are on the wrong side of the law.Good cast & as historically correct as can be with info available on characters.Good gritty sometimes violent gangster film.
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on 13 October 2006
This is a very good film. It mimics the actual events of Lucky, bugsy et al. The fact is most of the events in the film hapened. There is considerable documented evidence to support this (see Wikipedia.com for further reference). Please do not write references of films without knowing what you're talking about.
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on 21 April 2013
I like my gangster films but this was a little hit and miss, if you want to switch off and and watch lots of guns then this will work.
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on 1 June 2007
It has it's moment's but alot of the facts were left out and a love story that never happened put in... I've read the book that 'Lucky' had wrote instead of the movie he was planning, and it's alot better to read that then watch this movie. The actor's are good I had no complaints there. It's full of action with the likes of Mad Dog on their tail (which again never happened) The death of one of the Don's is wrong too!

It's time they took the book last testament of Lucky Luciano by Martin A. Gosch (who was the writer Lucky met at the airport when he died of a heart attack in 1962) and Richard Hammer, Now that would be a movie to see!
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on 20 March 2016
Mobsters is basically the story of three young lads who grow up to become famous gangsters in America.

It was a good story & the acting was pretty good too. For some reason that I still can't put my finger on, it did not captivate me.
My wife on the other hand thought it was brilliant so if you can get it cheap, then watch it & leave a review.
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on 30 September 2014
brilliant service.great movies good quality.
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on 14 May 2009
We had to get this from USA,as it is one of my husbands favourite films.it is about four friends who meet as boys and grow up together and look out for each other and grow a Crime family all of there own.
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on 12 January 2015
Very quick delivery , reasonable price
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