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The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, History | 30 June 1967 (USA)
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Al Capone's Valentine Day surprise for the rival Bugs Moran gang in 1929 Chicago.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writer:

Howard Browne
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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}

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

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Crime | Drama | History

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'affaire Al Capone See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The set used as a brothel also served the same function in Fox's The Sand Pebbles (1966). See more »

Goofs

Like with his brother Peter, the narrator states that Frank Gusenberg was born in 1902. In reality, he was born in 1893. See more »

Quotes

Adam Heyer: Hello, boys. Something I can do for you?
Gangster dressed as a cop: Yes, you can shut up!
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Connections

Referenced in Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry?
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Written by Walter Donaldson and Abe Lyman
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Bang bang!!! Yer dead!!!
19 June 2001 | by qrt7See all my reviews

Taking a step back from the intellectual surmising involving Godfather, Goodfellas et al., I thought this was an enjoyable film, 'a live action cartoon' as it was put.

Yep, sure it was a tad formulaic with characters going about their predetermined business and the armchair historians knew the conclusion of the film before it happened. I accept this as valid criticism, but I would stress more that it is supposed to be a quasi-documentary, with the solemn narrator venting sparse mechanical facts about each character and their relevance to the bigger picture as they were introduced. The film itself wasn't trying (I felt) to make a big artistic or intellectual statement, just an enjoyable and disposable piece of cinema. I think that it would be worse if it had been trying top make a 'big point' but fell on its arse, which a number of mobster-related films are guilty of.

As an enjoyable 'get on and enjoy the ride' movie I think it succeeded very well. Having only a basic knowledge of prohibition gangsterland, I found it quite gripping and that the documentary style enhance my enjoyment of an otherwise complex background. The set was also very well done, though Capone was miscast.

I would recommend this to most, unless they are Godfather fans!

8/10


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