Meyer Lansky was an enigma. Few knew him. Many feared him. Loyal to his friends. Ruthless towards his enemies. With childhood friend Ben "Bugsy" Siegal and young street thug Charlie "Lucky" Luciano, Lansky earned notoriety that made him the object of FBI investigations and congressional hearings. Lansky is based on the story of Meyer Lansky, a Jewish immigrant from Poland who grew up on the hard, impoverished streets of New York and embarked on a life of crime.