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
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Despite various and numerous attempts, the props and effects departments could not get the Splurge guns to fire the cream mixture safely. They tried wrapping it in wax balls and tested it out on production manager Garth Thomas ,who was well over six feet tall and weighed about 20 stone. Alan Parker fired the gun at Thomas and it hit him in the forehead knocking him off his feet and leaving a huge red mark on his skin, due to its velocity. In the end, the guns just fired ping pong balls and with careful editing the shot would cut to the target who would then have the cream thrown at them by Parker and other crew members. See more »
Captain Smolsky only gets hit in the face with the plaster, but later on his entire body is covered in hardened plaster. See more »
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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This is a very cute and enjoyable movie, quite possibly the only one in a very small sub-genre in the genre of gangster films-a musical gangster movie cast entirely with children. The cast is notable principally by the presence of Jodie Foster (as a side note, this was released the same year as was Taxi Driver!) and Scott Baio, the musical score was done by Paul Wiliams (who was nominated for an Oscar for his efforts here) and the costumes are quite nice. One thing about the music: I've seen this several times and I still can't be sure if the cast is singing or if the singing is dubbed. I think it's dubbed, as the numbers are almost stiltedin nature. Still fun-just put your brain on neutral and enjoy. Well worth watching.
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