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Bugsy Malone (1976)

The classic gangster story of Bugsy Malone told with an all-child cast.

Director:

Alan Parker

Writer:

Alan Parker

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Baio ... Bugsy
Florrie Dugger ... Blousey
Jodie Foster ... Tallulah
John Cassisi ... Fat Sam
Martin Lev Martin Lev ... Dandy Dan
Paul Murphy Paul Murphy ... Leroy Smith
Sheridan Earl Russell Sheridan Earl Russell ... Knuckles (as Sheridan Russell)
Albin 'Humpty' Jenkins Albin 'Humpty' Jenkins ... Fizzy (as 'Humpty' Albin Jenkins)
Paul Chirelstein Paul Chirelstein ... Smolsky
Andrew Paul ... O'Dreary
Davidson Knight Davidson Knight ... Cagey Joe
Michael Jackson Michael Jackson ... Razamataz
Jeff Stevenson Jeff Stevenson ... Louis (as Jeffrey Stevens)
Peter Holder Peter Holder ... Ritzy
Donald Waugh Donald Waugh ... Snake Eyes
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Storyline

A gangster movie where all the gangsters are played by children. Instead of real bullets they use "splurge guns" that cover the victim in cream. The story tells of the rise of "Bugsy Malone" and the battle for power between "Fat Sam" and "Dandy Dan". Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Every year brings a great movie. Every decade a great movie musical!


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

15 September 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anilikoi rififides (Bagsy Malone) See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,783,840
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (35 mm optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Some filming took place in Reading, Berkshire in the Palmers' biscuit factory. It was demolished in the early 2000s and replaced with a large insurance company. See more »

Goofs

During "Bad Guys", when all of the boys sing "We made the big time, malicious and mad" and take off their hats, Knuckles and Ritzy have messed-up hair. In the very next shot, their hair is neatly slicked back. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Fat Sam: Someone once said, "If it was raining brains, Roxy Robinson wouldn't even get wet." Roxy had spent his whole life making two and two into five, but he could smell trouble like other people could smell gas. But believe you's me, he should've never taken that blind alley by the side of Parido's Bakery. Whatever game it was everybody was playing, sure as eggs is eggs, Roxy the Weasel had been scrambled.
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Connections

Referenced in Paul Williams Soul Inspiration (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Fat Sam's Grand Slam
(uncredited)
Written by Paul Williams
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Beautiful parody of gangster movies with great musical score
16 July 2006 | by v-tadicSee all my reviews

The film is unique musical parody of gangster movies, where all the roles are played by children. I first watched it shortly after its release, and was absolutely thrilled. Balanced director's work, smartly composed screenplay, great and very temporary musical score and, above all, the brilliant talent of young Jodie Foster. Not all the roles were played equally convincingly, but the kids were generally quite good. I enjoyed the film even more while writing subtitles (for home use) for it several months ago, being thus forced to listen carefully to every word spoken or sung. After 30 years, I really have nothing to add to my first impressions. "Bugsy Malone" is timeless, and should be listed among the movie classics, along with "The Wizzard of Oz" and "Oliver".


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