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The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)

Unrated  |   |  Crime, Drama, History  |  30 June 1967 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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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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Orson Welles was originally picked by director Roger Corman to play Al Capone, while Jason Robards was to play George Moran ("Bugs" Moran). Welles was willing, but Fox vetoed the deal, feeling Welles was "undirectable". Robards took over the role of Capone and Ralph Meeker was brought in to play Moran. See more »

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In the scene where the Gusenberg brothers pick up Aiello, a stage light is briefly visible reflected in the car's window as it drives off. See more »

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Adam Heyer: Hello, boys. Something I can do for you?
Gangster dressed as a cop: Yes, you can shut up!
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Referenced in The Wonder Years: The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1990) See more »

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Bang bang!!! Yer dead!!!
19 June 2001 | by (Aber, Wales) – See all my reviews

Taking a step back from the intellectual surmising involving Godfather, Goodfellas et al., I thought this was an enjoyable film, 'a live action cartoon' as it was put.

Yep, sure it was a tad formulaic with characters going about their predetermined business and the armchair historians knew the conclusion of the film before it happened. I accept this as valid criticism, but I would stress more that it is supposed to be a quasi-documentary, with the solemn narrator venting sparse mechanical facts about each character and their relevance to the bigger picture as they were introduced. The film itself wasn't trying (I felt) to make a big artistic or intellectual statement, just an enjoyable and disposable piece of cinema. I think that it would be worse if it had been trying top make a 'big point' but fell on its arse, which a number of mobster-related films are guilty of.

As an enjoyable 'get on and enjoy the ride' movie I think it succeeded very well. Having only a basic knowledge of prohibition gangsterland, I found it quite gripping and that the documentary style enhance my enjoyment of an otherwise complex background. The set was also very well done, though Capone was miscast.

I would recommend this to most, unless they are Godfather fans!

8/10


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