Billy Bathgate (1991)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  1 November 1991 (USA)
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In the year 1935, a teen named Billy Bathgate finds first love while becoming the protégé of fledgling gangster Dutch Schultz.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Otto Berman
Billy Jaye ...
Timothy Jerome ...
Dixie Davis (as Tim Jerome)
Robert F. Colesberry ...
Jack Kelly
Mr. Hines
Mary Behan


Based loosely on the organized crime syndicates of the 20's and 30's, Billy Bathgate is the story of a young man's rise from gopher to right hand man in Dutch Schultz' gang. Having been impressed by the youth, Schultz takes him under his wing so to speak. Billy soon finds himself in a world where wealth and fortune live next door to danger and death. Written by Michael Silva <>

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A seductive look at a notorious gangster's dazzling and decadent empire about to crumble. See more »


Action | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some gangster violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 November 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Billy Bathgate - A scuola di gangster  »

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$48,000,000 (estimated)


$15,965,919 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Disputes between Dustin Hoffman and Robert Benton led to delays and reshoots, including an entire alternate ending that was then entirely discarded in favour of the original ending, as the cost ballooned to $40 million. See more »


When Billy and Becky are first seen on the roof in long shot she is exhaling smoke; in the close-up immediately after, she doesn't have a cigarette. See more »


[first lines]
Bo Weinberg: [being tied up] What do you think, Irving? Makes this cheap dago move on me, Bo Weinberg. The man who took out @Vincent Coll. The man who held Jack Diamond's ears so he could put the gun in his mouth. Who found the rackets he was to *stupid* to find for himself, who made him something more than the lowdown fucking guy that he is! The schmuck, I should expect something else. He pulls me off the the street right in front of my girl, like he don't know no better. Schmuck!
Dutch Schultz: Don't talk to...
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Music by James P. Johnson
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Hoffman Rules!
26 June 2004 | by (sparks, nevada) – See all my reviews

This film had some problems, but is still underrated. Hoffman is intense and frightening as Dutch Schultz and I can't believe he wasn't nominated for this. The lead kid, Loren Dean, simply has no acting talent whatsoever. Nicole Kidman is fetching as the spoiled, rich girl and Steven Hill is excellent. Robert Benton is a wonderful filmmaker and I rate this a 7 out of 10.

The novel is better than this, but there are wonderful scenes and even Bruce Willis is believable for the only time other than Pulp Fiction. I can't believe this bombed as it did, but I think in the future people will give a higher rating than they did at the time. One of Hoffman's best performances along with Midnight Cowboy and Straight Time.

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