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(1976)

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All singing was dubbed by adult vocalists.
Jodie Foster has admitted in interviews that she found many of the British cast terrifying because of the antics they would get up to.
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.
Director Alan Parker once said of the production of this movie: "If I'd have gone sick on Bugsy Malone (1976) I swear she [Jodie Foster] could have taken over".
When looking for Fat Sam, director Alan Parker went to a Brooklyn classroom and asked who was the naughtiest boy in class; all the class replied John Cassisi, who subsequently got the part.
The pedal-driven cars could achieve a maximum speed of around ten miles (16 kilometers) per hour. They were all custom-built by hand and each cost around the same amount of money as a regular road-going Mini at the time.
Up to six teachers were on hand during production in a special full-time school adapted to space at Pinewood Studios. The improvised educational facility had to handle various teaching grades and levels from students within a five year age span and also from two different countries. Head teacher Lyn Simonon later wrote a paper about the temp film set school.
Publicity for this picture reported that then teen actress Jodie Foster at the age of thirteen was already the veteran of ten motion pictures and one television series Paper Moon (1974).
All of the cast were 16 or under at the time of filming.
Was filmed during the summer of 1975.
The Chinese laundry scene was shot in an old public bath building in the East End.
Over a thousand custard pies were thrown during the making of the movie.
One thousand gallons of synthetic cream were used in the film by property master John Leuenberger. The original plan was to use shaving cream but this was a ballistic failure for the splurge guns and it also smarted the eyes.
First of two films that British producer David Putnam made with then young American actors Scott Baio and actress Jodie Foster. The second would be Foxes (1980) around four years later in 1980.
The 1929 New York street complex was the movie's main and largest set. It was built on the largest sound stage at Pinewood Studios on one meter rostrums. The massive set utilized over eighty tons of concrete which had to be poured into its foundation. Real steam was piped through its base so as to gush out of the street set's manholes. The street complex had to be a constructed set rather than a real life location as the child actors were not allowed to work at night due to regulations. As such, the set could be lit for night during daytime filming.
Florrie Dugger was at first only given a minor part - until the original actress meant to play Blousey underwent a growth spurt and became taller than Bugsy (Scott Baio), and Dugger was given the role of Blousey.
Although Scott Baio was born in Brooklyn, director Alan Parker notes that he found Scott in a Los Angeles audition. Parker added that he conducted auditions for Bugsy Malone (1976) for more than a year all over Britain, including the Lakenheath USAF (U.S. Air Force) air-base in Suffolk, England, as well as conducting auditions in Harlem in Brokklyn and Los Angeles in California auditioning altogether over 10,000 youth.
First of two films that actor Scott Baio and actress Jodie Foster have made together. The second would be Foxes (1980) around four years later in 1980.
Every child actor working on the movie had to have an individual medical approval and working license. The official paperwork to allow children to work in the movie was mountainous. More than thirty-three English councils were involved as well as bureaucracy in New York and Los Angeles.
A Chief Local Welfare Officer visited the set every other day to check and inspect that correct procedures were being adhered to and later wrote a paper on the experience.
Reportedly, actor Scott Baio was cast even after he had slammed down the script and stormed out of his audition.
The average age of all the child actors and actresses in the movie was twelve.
Although it performed well in England and Japan, Paramount only gave "Bugsy Malone" a limited release in US theaters, usually dumping it onto second-feature screens partnered with a late-'76 re-release of The Bad News Bears (1976).
Debut theatrical feature film of actor Dexter Fletcher.
Paul Williams wrote all the music for this film, and sang many of Bugsy's lines for Scott Baio.
Director Alan Parker mentions that the actress originally selected to play Blousey instead played Dandy Dan's equestrian partner who is not listed in the cast credits.
Alan Parker said he first came up with the idea for the story while driving from London to his house in Derbyshire - to keep his kids occupied, he told them this story, then his son Alexander, asked why kids couldn't be the heroes.
Alan Parker mentioned that the Splurge Inc. warehouse on dock 17 was a "disused" biscuit factory in Reading.
Debut theatrical feature film directed by Alan Parker.
The casting call for this picture took a whole year to complete.
The movie is ranked at the No. #353 rank on Empire Magazine's "500 Greatest Movies of All Time" list compiled in 2008.
The movie's young cast was cast with predominantly unknown actors and actresses. Some had a television credit or a bit of TV experience.
The film was voted to the No. #19 rank by viewers for UK Channel 4's "100 Greatest Muscials" list in 2003.
The development of the splurge guns took three months work by special effects boffins at Pinewood Studios. A gunsmith was consulted by fxpert Malcolm King to resolve the very complex ballistic problem of being able to shoot a capsulated custard pie without it first splurging the firer-splurger.
The scene of the Bijou Theatre tryouts was shot at the Richmond Theatre.

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