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The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, History | 30 June 1967 (USA)
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Al Capone's Valentine's Day surprise for the rival Bugs Moran gang in 1929 Chicago.


Roger Corman


Howard Browne





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Robards ... Al Capone
George Segal ... Peter Gusenberg
Ralph Meeker ... George Clarence 'Bugs' Moran
Jean Hale ... Myrtle
Clint Ritchie ... Jack McGurn
Frank Silvera ... Nick Sorello
Joseph Campanella ... Albert Wienshank
Richard Bakalyan ... John Scalise
David Canary ... Frank Gusenberg
Bruce Dern ... Johnny May
Harold J. Stone ... Frank Nitti
Kurt Kreuger ... James Clark
Paul Richards ... Charles Fischetti
Joe Turkel ... Jake 'Greasy Thumb' Guzik (as Joseph Turkel)
Milton Frome ... Adam Heyer


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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The shocking truth about events leading up to one of the most violent days in American history! See more »


Crime | Drama | History


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


When "Bugs" Moran is leaving his hotel just before the massacre, the clerk stops him and says, "You have a call from a Mr. Bernstein in Detroit". "Bernstein" was the last name of the four brothers--Abe, Joe, Ray and Izzy--who ran Detroit's murderous "Purple Gang". The real George "Bugs" Moran and Al Capone used the Bernsteins to hijack other gangsters' liquor shipments from Canada. This fact is evident later when Moran complains to his bodyguards about Bernstein jacking up the price. See more »


In the scene where Peter Gusenberg is pushing the bar owner around, the narrator states the character was born in 1898 when in fact he was born in 1888. See more »


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 Alice: The Valentine's Day Massacre (1982) See more »


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Factual and Cartoonish--what fun!
24 May 2006 | by patrick.hunterSee all my reviews

Why is it that people quibble about Jason Robards not looking like Capone? Many actors who have played him, from F. Murray Abraham to William Forsythe, really didn't resemble him. Maybe it's because this film attempts a semi-documentary approach. Perhaps it's the most accurate Hollywood drama on Capone, but the other semi-documentaries of the time (such as Fox's own THE LONGEST DAY), had the look and lighting that reminded a viewer of a documentary, while this one doesn't. In fact, its style is more evocative of a 1930's Warner Bros. gangster film. Even George Segal's bullying the bartender and his mashing his girlfriend's face with food are bits very comparable to ones Cagney does in THE PUBLIC ENEMY. Segal playing a mean Cagney-type might seem very offbeat casting, but in this film it works, because all its casting is offbeat--even deliciously over the top. It's a lot of fun.

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English | Italian

Release Date:

30 June 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Los Altos Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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