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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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Frank Nitti
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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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A warning! This motion picture depicts without flinching the most shocking event of America's most lawless era... The St. Valentine's Day Massacre! See more »

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Crime | Drama | History

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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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When "Bugs" Moran is leaving his hotel, just before the massacre, the clerk stops him and says "You have a call from a Mr. Bernstein in Detroit". "Bernstein" was the last name of the four brothers, Abe, Joe, Ray, and Izzy, who ran Detroit's murderous "Purple Gang". The real George "Bugs" Moran and Al Capone used the Bernsteins to hijack other gangsters' liquor shipments from Canada. This fact is evident later when Moran complains to his bodyguards about Bernstein jacking up the price. See more »

Goofs

The opening credits show the SMC Cartage Company situated on 2122 N Clark Street, with Clark Street ending at a T intersection about a block away. Clark Street is actually a through street running from south of the Loop to the northern city limits. See more »

Quotes

Reporter: Y'know some are sayin' that it really was the cops who shot those men.
Bugs Moran: You must be new to this town, mister. Only Al Capone kills like that.
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Referenced in Pretty Poison (1968) See more »

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Factual and Cartoonish--what fun!
24 May 2006 | by (Northridge, Ca) – See all my reviews

Why is it that people quibble about Jason Robards not looking like Capone? Many actors who have played him, from F. Murray Abraham to William Forsythe, really didn't resemble him. Maybe it's because this film attempts a semi-documentary approach. Perhaps it's the most accurate Hollywood drama on Capone, but the other semi-documentaries of the time (such as Fox's own THE LONGEST DAY), had the look and lighting that reminded a viewer of a documentary, while this one doesn't. In fact, its style is more evocative of a 1930's Warner Bros. gangster film. Even George Segal's bullying the bartender and his mashing his girlfriend's face with food are bits very comparable to ones Cagney does in THE PUBLIC ENEMY. Segal playing a mean Cagney-type might seem very offbeat casting, but in this film it works, because all its casting is offbeat--even deliciously over the top. It's a lot of fun.


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