Mobsters is a 1991 American crime film directed by Michael Karbelnikoff. It details the creation of The Commission. Set in New York City, taking place from 1917 to 1931, it is a semi-fictitious account of the rise of Charles "Lucky" LucianoMeyer LanskyFrank Costello, and Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel. The film stars Christian Slater as Luciano, Patrick Dempsey as Lansky, Costas Mandylor as Costello and Richard Grieco as Siegel, with Michael Gambon, Anthony Quinn, Lara Flynn Boyle, and F. Murray Abraham in supporting roles.


This highly dramatized film focuses primarily on Luciano and Lansky. They start as young men victimized by the current mafia. They rise from petty criminals and bootleggers to push aside the old guard of the Mafia and eventually establish The Commission, which set up the New York Mafia into five separate families. Bugsy Siegel (Richard Grieco) and Frank Costello (Costas Mandylor) control the physical elements of the operation, while Lucky Luciano (Christian Slater) and Meyer Lansky (Patrick Dempsey) bring up the business end.


  • Christian Slater as Charlie "Lucky" Luciano
  • Patrick Dempsey as Meyer Lansky
  • Costas Mandylor as Frank Costello
  • Richard Grieco as Bugsy Siegel
  • Michael Gambon as Salvatore Maranzano, known as Faranzano in the movie
  • Anthony Quinn as Joe Masseria
  • Lara Flynn Boyle as Mara Motes based on Luciano's lover interest, Gay Orlova
  • F. Murray Abraham as Arnold Rothstein
  • Chris Penn as Gaetano "Tommy" Reina
  • Rodney Eastman as Joey De Carlo
  • Andy Romano as Antonio Luciano
  • Bianca Rossini as Rosalie Luciano
  • Robert Z'Dar as Rocco
  • Titus Welliver as Al Capone
  • Joe Viterelli as Joe Profaci
  • Nicholas Sadler as Mad Dog Coll
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