Lepke (film)

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Directed by Menahem Golan
Produced by Menahem Golan
Screenplay by
Story by Wesley Lau
Music by Kenneth Wannberg
Cinematography Andrew Davis
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • June 11, 1975 (1975-06-11)[1]
Running time
123 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $900,000[2]

Lepke is a 1975 film starring Tony Curtis as the Jewish American gangster Louis "Lepke" Buchalter.[3] It is often regarded by film fans as one of Tony Curtis's most underrated movies and one of his finest performances.



In his 2008 autobiography American Prince Curtis admitted becoming heavily addicted to cocaine during filming; this addiction would last for a decade and significantly derailed his already troubled film career.


The film was sold to Warner Bros for $1.75 million.[2]


  1. ^ "Lepke". Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  2. ^ a b Andrew Yule, Hollywood a Go-Go: The True Story of the Cannon Film Empire, Sphere Books, 1987, p. 10. ISBN 978-0722193891.
  3. ^ "Lepke (1975)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 

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