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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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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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L'affaire Al Capone  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(DeLuxe)|

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2.35 : 1
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Although the film came in for $2.1 million--having originally been budgeted for $2.5 million--and was thus by far the most expensive film of Roger Corman's career to that time, he insisted that he could have shaved an extra $1 million off the budget (without changing the script or hiring different and less expensive actors) if he had been allowed to make the film all on Chicago locations with a mostly non-union crew instead of in the Hollywood studios. He also finished the film four days ahead of schedule. See more »

Goofs

The narrator states that the scene in Schwimmer's living room occurs at 7:30 AM, but the time indicated by a grandfather clock is 7:20. See more »

Quotes

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 Times Square (1980) See more »

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Bang bang!!! Yer dead!!!
19 June 2001 | by 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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