Bugsy Malone (1976)

G  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Family  |  15 September 1976 (USA)
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The classic gangster story of Bugsy Malone told with an all child cast.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Florrie Dugger ...
John Cassisi ...
Martin Lev ...
Paul Murphy ...
Leroy Smith
Sheridan Earl Russell ...
Knuckles (as Sheridan Russell)
Albin 'Humpty' Jenkins ...
Fizzy (as 'Humpty' Albin Jenkins)
Paul Chirelstein ...
Davidson Knight ...
Cagey Joe
Michael Jackson ...
Jeff Stevenson ...
Louis (as Jeffrey Stevens)
Peter Holder ...
Donald Waugh ...
Snake Eyes


A gangster movie where all the gangsters are played by children. Instead of real bullets they use "splurge guns" that cover the victim in cream. The story tells of the rise of "Bugsy Malone" and the battle for power between "Fat Sam" and "Dandy Dan". Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Release Date:

15 September 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anilikoi rififides (Bagsy Malone)  »

Box Office


SEK 7,681,000 (Sweden)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(35 mm optical prints)| (35 mm magnetic prints)


(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The splurge guns did not actually fire the "splurge". Director Alan Parker first tried wax balls filled with cream but these hurt when fired, so in the end the splurge guns actually fired ping pong balls, which the actors fired at nothing and what we see on-screen is clever editing between this and shots of actors being hit by handfuls of cream thrown at them by others. See more »


When Fat Sam's gang sings "Bad Guys", just after Snake Eyes says, "Look at me, I'm dancing," a broomstick appears to the right of Mario's barber shop which is not in the previous shot. See more »


[first lines]
Fat Sam: Someone once said, "If it was raining brains, Roxy Robinson wouldn't even get wet." Roxy had spent his whole life making two and two into five, but he could smell trouble like other people could smell gas. But believe you's me, he should've never taken that blind alley by the side of Parido's Bakery. Whatever game it was everybody was playing, sure as eggs is eggs, Roxy the Weasel had been scrambled.
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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: I'm OK, You're OK (2006) See more »


Written by Paul Williams
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2 June 1999 | by (Winchester, UK) – See all my reviews

Like all period films this is timeless. It is characterised by the fun and enthusiasm shown by the young cast (average age 12). Who wouldn't have wanted to join in. Films don't have to be grand with big budgets to entertain. I read somewhere once that the film was shot with an amazingly low number of re-takes. An indication of how easy it can be to work with children. Of all films made with a cast of only children this one has to be the best. A film which I go to see whenever I find it showing somewhere. Excellent stuff for the big kids (like me) around.

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