The Gangster Chronicles
|The Gangster Chronicles|
|Written by||David Assael
|Directed by||Richard C. Sarafian|
|Theme music composer||Billy Goldenberg|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Executive producer(s)||Matthew Rapf|
Santa Cruz, California
|Original release||February 2 – May 8, 1981|
The Gangster Chronicles is an NBC American television crime drama miniseries starring Michael Nouri, Joe Penny, Jon Polito, Louis Giambalvo, Kathleen Lloyd, Madeleine Stowe, Chad Redding, Markie Post, Allan Arbus, James Andronica, Robert Davi, Joseph Mascolo, and narrated by E.G. Marshall.
There were 13 60-minute episodes. The series was narrated by E. G. Marshall.
- Michael Nouri as Charles "Lucky" Luciano
- Joe Penny as Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel
- Brian Benben as Michael Lasker (The character was based on real life Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky who was still alive when the series went to production. The character's name was changed to Michael Lasker to avoid legal complications)
- Jon Polito as Thomas "Three Finger Brown" Lucchese
- George DiCenzo as Arnold Rothstein
- Kathleen Lloyd as Stella Siegel
- Madeleine Stowe as Ruth Lasker
- Chad Redding as Joy Osler
- Markie Post as Chris Brennan
- Allan Arbus as Goodman
- Louis Giambalvo as Al Capone
- James Andronica as Frank Costello
- Robert Davi as Vito Genovese
- Joseph Mascolo as Salvatore Maranzano
- David Wilson as Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll
- Kenneth Tigar as Thomas E. Dewey
- Richard S. Castellano as Giuseppe "Joe The Boss" Masseria
- Jonathan Banks as Dutch Schultz
- Karen Kondazian as Mrs. Luciano
- Michael Ensign as Owney Madden
- Thom Rachford as King Solomon.
|Directed by||Richard C. Sarafian|
|Produced by||Stuart Cohen|
|Written by||Richard DeKoker|
Richard S. Castellano
Jonathan Banks George DiCenzo Robert F. Lyons Richard Foronjy Karen Kondazian
|Music by||John Cacavas|
|April 9, 1981|
Gangster Wars is a 1981 crime film directed by Richard C. Sarafian and based on the original Gangster Chronicles telecast. The film tells the story of three teenagers, based on real life gangsters Charles "Lucky" Luciano (Michael Nouri), Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel (Joe Penny) and Michael Lasker (Brian Benben) (a fictional character who was most likely modeled after Meyer Lansky), growing up in New York's ghettos during the early 1900s to their rise through organized crime.
This movie was a three-hour opener for the subsequent miniseries. In addition to the characters above Brian Benben's character is a fictional composite of several mobsters (here named "Michael Lasker"). While the miniseries covered nearly four decades, the opener takes us from 1907 to the Prohibition era of the 1920s. After its initial run, the entire Gangster Chronicles saga was boiled down to 121 minutes and released to videocassette as Gangster Wars.
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