Bugsy Malone (1976)
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The only part that I didn't like was the "Fat Sam" character whose "New Yawk" accent was just a little bit overdone. But I think they did a little play on that when Fat Sam said the word "personally" & Tallulah was making fun of his pronunciation!
It's a shame more of these kids didn't go on to become stars. Maybe their acting wasn't top notch but some of those faces were "wow"! Scott Biao & Jodie Foster are the only two who seem to have went anywhere with their talents.
Fair warning: The "Michael Jackson" in this movie is not the "Michael Jackson" formerly of "The Jackson Five" & known for his "Thriller" video & "other things". It's a totally different person.
Jodie Foster was CLEARLY a wonderful Actress then and now. Scott Baio was fun too. Does anyone know if Razamataz was (The Michael Jackson?) it is not on his credits.
Wonderful fun! I want one of the cars!
I've since seen the movie as a grownup, and I still think it's very well-made. It wasn't until I was older that I could appreciate the acting, and the sophisticated production design (though I knew when I first saw the movie that it had a very clever script). My only quibble is the filmmakers' decision to have adults sing all the songs--it's a bit bizarre to hear grownup voices coming out of children, and after a while you start to notice that the voices sound the same, since they didn't cast different singers for each character (Paul Williams himself does most of the vocal work). It makes the film feel more low-budget than it should.
Mickey Dolenz directed a stage version of the film in London years later, which I was hoping had all-singing kids, but apparently the songs were pre-recorded. High schools now perform the show, however, so at last the voices will match.
Any kid that's interested in old Hollywood should be given a chance to see this film.
This film is never outdated, should still be 'allowed' by the PC Brigade and no doubt be watched a few generations down the line. I thoroughly enjoyed it as a child and now as a 35 year old with a child. I was laughing out loud throughout the film....which is a rarity for me!! LOL The actors were outstanding for their age and for the time and the whole thing was written well for them.
I don't know what else I can say about this film, only you can be the judge of what you think is good but I would be very surprised if you didn't enjoy this film...or watched it 3 times back to back LOL
The movie is not just a send up of gangster flicks but it's also a great view of what someone with a good imagination can bring to the movies. Every bit of this movie is awash in simple genius.
The songs sung by adults with the kids acting them out are not supposed to be perfect. It's just supposed to be fun and for those of us that haven't lost our ability to enjoy simpler humor,funny.
One reviewer said "Maybe I've lost my sense of humor". Yes,that person definitely has,when they can't recognize simple,easy or dry humor. In this day and age where "humor" is defined by the likes of "Jackass","American Pie" & so forth,people have forgotten how to laugh at humor that isn't born from below one's waist.
I love every moment in this film,from when I was a kid to now. The only sad note for me is,I had the soundtrack album and it got wet when water seeped into my closet in 2006 and wreked it and many other LPs. I got it back in January 2009. I think a select few of you out there need to stop being such "adults" and find your inner child and sense of humor again. Otherwise,I feel sorry that you've become the kind of "mature" person we all dreaded that we'd be as well...humorless.
Ten stars Bugsy! (END)
1. This is a gangster film and yet all the cast are children. They do an amazing job. 2. Instead of real guns, they have either guns that splurge out custard pie to kill people, or just custard pies. 3. The songs are very fun and very varied, sort of fun but not completely cheerful, which is good. 4. The idea is very good and must have been worked on quite a lot, even though the plot goes all over the place in confusing directions. 5. This film is enjoyable for a wide variety of ages - although best for those aged 9 and up.
A gangster gang in America are losing business and most importantly - men.
Meanwhile, Bugsy Malone, a member of the gang, lives casually and easily, also talking to a new woman called Blousie Brown.
On both sides of the story, things are soon about to change...
Enjoy "Bugsy Malone"! :-)
It's all good, but my favourite parts in the movie are probably where Bugsy meets Leeroy for the first time and where they are hiding in the bushes from the Splurge Guns Inc. factory.
This is an all time genuine classic.
The film is based on a rivalry between two gangs and their leaders Fat Sam and Dandy Dan who are having very different fortunes. Dandy Dan is beginning to take control of the city thanks to their secret weapon the "Splurge gun." Fat Sam begins to panic and calls on his old Friend Bugsy Malone who is already busy trying to get the attention of Blousey Brown, a talented singer who Bugsy Fancies. The film then takes really takes of in a fast paced finish with both Gangs aiming to be top dogs in the city. Who is victorious? Does Bugsy get his girl? You'll have to watch it to discover the answers.
This is certainly one of the best films aimed at children to come out during the 1970s, and has a lot to offer for a general audience, too. Parker of course would move on to more successful musicals aimed squarely at a mature audience (The Commitments, Evita) as well as a range of other things, but this is a well-filmed and interesting piece of work.
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?
As i said, 'Bugsy Malone' is a gangster movie starred by children, and there isn't much more to say about the story. The script has that feeling of 'I have seen this before', telling the story of Bugsy Malone (Scott Baio), a gangster in the late 1920's New York, in the middle of the Depression. The predictable script is really no problem, because it's told in a different way than any gangster movie you've ever seen - through songs. The musical feeling really works, and original songs are absolutely great. Two days after I've watched the movie, 'Tomorrow', 'My Name is Tallulah' and 'Bugsy Malone' kept playing on my head. Definitely gonna buy the Soundtrack.
The acting in this movie is not marvelous, but with every member of the cast been under 16 you can't expect much. For kids, they did a nice job. I was amazed to see that most of the cast didn't do anything after this, which is a shame, 'cause they sure had talent. Scott Baio is nice as the lead, but when you watch the movie, your eyes can't help it and are going to focus on Jodie Foster. She was fine as Tallulah, and 1976 was a great year for her, also appearing on Scorsese's 'Taxy Driver. She is the only member of the cast that turned into a star.
The British-born Alan Parker writes and directs here and does a good job in both functions. It's amazing to think he did this in 1976. With almost the whole movie been shot in the set, he putted the camera at so- interesting that you don't realize it's not location. There is one scene at the end of the movie that really resembles the also Alan Parker's later 'Pink Floyd - The Wall'. Maybe he did it on purpose, who knows... The cinematography is quite weird, having that old-European movie feel to it. One thing that I particularly liked was the art-direction. The cars and guns were a nice catch.
Overral, Alan Parker written and directed this excellent idea, and he executed it very well. Of course 'Bugsy Malone' is no masterpiece, but it's really fun to watch. Hope they don't remake this - it would that take away all the magic.