Based on the true story of the rise of organized crime in America during Prohibition. Four now-famous thugs from humble origins and diverse ethnic backgrounds become rich and powerful gangsters through bootlegging.
Patrick Dempsey - American actor, GREY'S ANATOMY
Chris Penn - American actor
Christopher Penn - American actor
Anthony Quinn - Mexican actor, ZORBA THE GREEK
Anthony Rudolph Oaxaca Quinn - Mexican actor, ZORBA THE GREEK
Richard Grieco - TV/Film Actor
Christian Slater - American actor: TRUE ROMANCE (1993)
Nicholas Kazan - Screenwriter/Producer
F. Murray Abraham - American actor, AMADEUS
Fahrid Murray Abraham - American actor, AMADEUS
Michael Karbelnikoff - Director/"Mobsters"
Lara Flynn Boyle - American actress, THE PRACTICE, THREESOME
Costas Mandylor - Actor
Costas Theodosopoulos - Actor
Michael Gambon - Irish Stage/Film Actor - A Dry White Season/Sleepy Hollow
Fictionalized account of the early days of mobsters Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel, and Frank Costello as they try to build their business while contending with rival dons.
Commercial director Michael Karbelnikoff made his feature film debut with "Mobsters," replacing Luis Mandoki after he dropped out of the project. Costas Mandylor went on to star in the CBS series, "Picket Fences," which also featured Fyvush Finkel in a recurring role. Estimated budget $23 million. Filmed in Los Angeles, California, beganning December 10, 1990; completed March 22, 1991. Color by Deluxe. Main titles and optical effects by Howard Anderson Company. Montage sequence and the main titles designed by Pablo Ferro. End titles by the Optical House. Screened at 1991 Tokyo International Film Festival. Released in USA July 26, 1991. Released on video January 30, 1992. Reviewed in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times July 26, 1991. Also known as the "Mobsters: The Evil Empire." Working title for the film was "Gangsters."
"...The violence often approaches the operatic grandness of THE GODFATHER films..." - 07/26/1991 USA Today, p.1D