The American Gangster

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The American Gangster
The American Gangster VHS cover.jpg
VHS cover
Directed by Ben Burtt
Produced by Ray Herbeck Jr.
Written by Ray Herbeck Jr.
Narrated by Dennis Farina
Music by Marco D'Ambrosio
Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release date
  • July 1, 1992 (1992-07-01)
Running time
45 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The American Gangster is a 1992 American crime documentary film directed by Ben Burtt and written and produced by Ray Herbeck Jr. The documentary is narrated by Dennis Farina and explores the lives of America's gangsters like Pretty Boy Floyd, John Dillinger, Al Capone, and Bugsy Siegel. It was directly released on VHS in 1992 and later released as part of a DVD box set in 2006.


The American Gangster is a documentary that chronicles the formation of the first generation of American gangsters. The documentary explores the illegal businesses involving gambling, prostitution, and defiance of prohibition of alcohol that empowered the gangsters.[1] The documentary shows actual film footage and photographs of gangsters like Pretty Boy Floyd, John Dillinger, Al Capone, and Bugsy Siegel.[2]


The American Gangster was released on VHS on July 1, 1992.[3] The documentary was later part of a box set of DVDs, The Mob Box Set, released on January 3, 2006. The documentary accompanied films like Bugsy (1991), Donnie Brasco (1997), and Snatch (2000).[4]


  1. ^ "The Mob Box Set (2006)". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ Nichols, Peter M. "The American Gangster". The New York Times. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ "New on Video". Akron Beacon Journal. June 6, 1992. 
  4. ^ Haas, George (January 3, 2006). "DVD Report". Daily Southtown. 

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