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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Al Capone
... Peter Gusenberg
... George Clarence 'Bugs' Moran
... Myrtle
... Jack McGurn
... Nick Sorello
... Albert Wienshank
... John Scalise
... Frank Gusenberg
... Johnny May
... Frank Nitti
... James Clark
... Charles Fischetti
... Jake 'Greasy Thumb' Guzik (as Joseph Turkel)
... Adam Heyer
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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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A warning! This motion picture depicts without flinching the most shocking event of America's most lawless era... The St. Valentine's Day Massacre! See more »

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Crime | Drama | History

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30 June 1967 (USA)  »

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L'affaire Al Capone  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

More squib charges were used in this film than in the three-hour war epic The Longest Day (1962). See more »

Goofs

The narrator states that the scene in Schwimmer's living room occurs at 7:30 AM, but the time indicated by a grandfather clock is 7:20. See more »

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Interrogator: [to Frank Gusenberg after the shooting] I've got to tell you Frank, you're not going to make it. Want me to call a preacher?
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Referenced in The Wonder Years: The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1990) See more »

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My Blue Heaven
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Written by Walter Donaldson and George Whiting
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Bang bang!!! Yer dead!!!
19 June 2001 | by See 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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