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Did anyone else see this?


I saw it as a double feature with Charles Bronson's "Breakout" eons ago. It was one of the first "grown up" movies I saw and I've been fond of Barry Miller ever since.

Why ain't you at the garden party you heathen?

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I saw it in the theater back in the 70's too and I think it was on double bill with either Capone or French Connection II. Then I saw it again on cable during the 80's when Golan Globus (sp?) inexplicably cut it to around 85 minutes although I couldn't remember what exactly was cut out.

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"Lepke" and "Breakout" would be an excellent double bill. Unfortunately, I didn't see either on their initial release, but I've caught them both recently on video.

This is a very entertaining B-movie with a top-notch cast, almost comical at times with its treatment of gangster and Jewish culture. Barry Miller is terrific as the little Lepke, as are Anjanette Comer as his wife, Vic Tayback as his partner/rival in crime, and Milton Berle as his father-in-law. And oy vey! What a hammy delight Tony Curtis is in the title role, may he rest in peace (or it it pieces?).

1975 was a great year for films like this, before the blockbuster mentality took over. 7/10 stars.

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The film is not bad, about a top jewish gangster Lepke but the fact is that not much people know about it. It is one of the lowest rated films and no info in wikipedia too

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It's kind of odd it doesn't have a Wikipedia entry (not that that's a definitive source), but the movie is mentioned in the Louis Buchalter entry:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Buchalter#In_popular_culture

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Ya, this film deserves to have its own entry, i bet many people haven't seen it but it's not bad gangster film, for sure

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