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The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, History | 30 June 1967 (USA)
Al Capone's Valentine Day surprise for the rival Bugs Moran gang in 1929 Chicago.

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Albert Wienshank
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Jake 'Greasy Thumb' Guzik (as Joseph Turkel)
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Chicago February 14th 1929. Al Capone finally establishes himself as the city's boss of organised crime. In a north-side garage his hoods, dressed as policemen, surprise and mow down with machine-guns the key members of Bugs Moran's rival gang. The film traces the history of the incident, and the lives affected and in some cases ended by it. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The shocking truth about events leading up to one of the most violent days in American history! See more »

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Crime | Drama | History

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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30 June 1967 (USA)  »

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Le massacre de la Saint-Valentin  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Jack Nicholson was to play Bruce Dern's character, Johnny May, but instead shows up in a bit part as a henchman, Gino, loading garlic-soaked bullets into a Tommy gun (Nicholson was still paid for all seven weeks of the shoot.) See more »

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In the film the narrator states that three months after the St. Valentine's Day massacre Capone was indicted for income tax evasion. In fact, that indictment and conviction occurred in 1931, over two years after the massacre. See more »

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Bartender: [nervously] If you don't like the beer, mister, you don't have to pay for it.
Peter Gusenberg: Well now, ain't you the cat's pajamas!
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Referenced in Pretty Poison (1968) See more »

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Realistic and mostly accurate
21 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre" is a very good gangster movie, released five years before the all-time great "The Godfather". It's pretty accurate in its chronology, according to the books and documentaries I've seen about the incident, only a couple of dramatic licenses taken. The film unfolds like a documentary, showing the dynamics of the rival gangs and their blood feud. Opening with the killers leaving the garage and then the neighbors discovery of the massacre, it proceeds to detail the buildup to the crime. The victims are introduced, along with the killers and planners. Lots of good actors are in this, veterans of both the big and little screen. Jason Robards has been slammed for his over-the-top portrayal of Al Capone, but everything I've seen about Scarface shows that he was over-the-top himself. George Segal is especially good as a Moran gang member, Peter Gusenberg. Ralph Meeker is a tough , barrel chested Bugs Moran. Both gangs are filled with familiar, competent actors. Jean Hale has a nicely done cameo as a classic "gun Moll", Myrtle, Pete's squeeze. Even Jack Nicholson shows up as a Tommy gunner! The climactic massacre is chillingly accurate using forensic evidence to show how the victims fell and their final positions. All-in-all, a really good movie and record of one of the most famous and shocking events in American criminal history. 8 of 10.


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