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Bugsy Malone (1976)

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

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Alan Parker

Writer:

Alan Parker
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Baio ... Bugsy
Florence Garland ... Blousey (as Florrie Dugger)
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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Taglines:

Grab your gat and grab your gal. Bugsy Malone is coming to town. See more »


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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Trivia

The Chinese laundry scene was shot in an old public bath building in the East End. See more »

Goofs

When Dandy Dan's gang are getting ready to throw the pies at Doodle, the white creamy stuff on top of Laughing Boy's pie is all over the sides. In the next two shots the pie is neat and tidy. 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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Alternate Versions

Two Bugsy Malone video discs are available [9/9/2013] in the U.S.: a 10/11/2005 Region 1 "import" DVD (UPC 4895033728429) distributed by Panorama Entertainment having a feature runtime of 89 minutes (1:29:44) and a 9/9/2008 "All Regions" BD (UPC 5037115290830) distributed by ITV Studios (formerly, in part, Granada Productions) with a feature runtime of 93 minutes (1:33:51 that includes running a 9 second Granada International logo clip, not on the DVD, before and after the movie, 1:33:33 + 00:18). ITV Studios was formed in 2009 by the merger of Granada Productions and Carlton International. Ironically, the DVD case cover lists a 94 minute runtime and the Blu-ray case cover lists an 89 minute runtime. The only differences between the two presentations, once the 18 seconds for the Granada International logo clip is subtracted from the BD time, is (1) after the Rank gong is struck the second time, the text "The RANK ORGANISATION presents" is superimposed over the gong in the BD version while the text "THE RANK ORGANISATION" is superimposed over the gong in the DVD version, (2) the DVD runs the movie about 4% faster than the Blu-ray disc, and (3) the DVD has 1.33:1 aspect (640 pixels x 480 pixels), letter boxed on all four sides to 1.62:1 aspect ratio (596 pixels x 367 pixels) while the BD has 1.78:1 aspect (1920 pixels x 1080 pixels). Both disc conversions appear to have used "pan and scan" cropping from the film's 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Sometimes the cropping appears similar, but other times, one may crop the height mostly from the top while the other mostly from the bottom. The feature on the Blu-ray disc runs at 24 Hz. Although the DVD runs at 60 Hz, the speed-up is similar to the 4.3% speed-up when 24 frame/second film is transferred to 50 Hz Pal format using 2:2 pulldown and may point to a 50 Hz master in its past. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #20.12 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Bad Guys
(uncredited)
Written by Paul Williams
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Don't 'Speak Easy' about this brill flick
26 August 2003 | by buckaroobanzai50See all my reviews

A lot of people have criticized this, by saying it's basically just soft paedo porn, and aimless. But they're missing the point really. If you are of the MTV generation, and did not see this movie when you were 8 like I did, it WOULD be hard for you to see the charm of it all. The whole idea of setting the child actors in a pastiche of films from the '20s and '30s was a stroke of genius, and works pretty well even though some of the acting is a bit ropey. It was a well deserved hit when released, and fortunately wasn't followed up with a sequel. Alan Parker already had some prior experience of dealing with child actors when he made Bugsy, from his days in advertising, when he directed some now legendary Beef Burger ads in the UK. In a recent TV documentary, Parker spoke of the problems he had had with the studio during filming. They had no faith in the film's success, and therefore would not pay to build certain sets. Parker had to spend some £30,000 of his own money to finance the scenes he wanted to shoot. More fool the studio.

Another poster has commented that a film such as this would not be made today. I disagree. Film studios would readily cash in on any, franchise, as they call them now. And a film such as Harry Potter, though hardly multiracial the way Bugsy Malone is, only has a few adult leads actors in it.

By the way...What number Star Trek are they up to now?


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