Lepke (film)

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

Directed byMenahem Golan
Produced byMenahem Golan
Screenplay by
Story byWesley Lau
Music byKenneth Wannberg
CinematographyAndrew Davis
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • June 11, 1975 (1975-06-11)[1]
Running time
123 min.
CountryUnited States



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. 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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