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Billy Bathgate (1991)

In the year 1935, a teen named Billy Bathgate finds first love while becoming the protégé of fledgling gangster Dutch Schultz.

Director:

Robert Benton

Writers:

E.L. Doctorow (book), Tom Stoppard (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dustin Hoffman ... Dutch Schultz
Nicole Kidman ... Drew Preston
Loren Dean ... Billy Bathgate
Bruce Willis ... Bo Weinberg
Steven Hill ... Otto Berman
Steve Buscemi ... Irving
Billy Jaye Billy Jaye ... Mickey
John Costelloe ... Lulu
Timothy Jerome Timothy Jerome ... Dixie Davis (as Tim Jerome)
Stanley Tucci ... Lucky Luciano
Mike Starr ... Julie Martin
Robert F. Colesberry ... Jack Kelly
Stephen Joyce ... Mr. Hines
Frances Conroy ... Mary Behan - Billy's Mother
Moira Kelly ... Rebecca
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Storyline

Based loosely on the organized crime syndicates of the 20's and 30's, Billy Bathgate is the story of a young man's rise from gopher to right hand man in Dutch Schultz' gang. Having been impressed by the youth, Schultz takes him under his wing so to speak. Billy soon finds himself in a world where wealth and fortune live next door to danger and death. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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A seductive look at a notorious gangster's dazzling and decadent empire about to crumble. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some gangster violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bilis Batgeitas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,051,590, 3 November 1991

Gross USA:

$15,565,363

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,565,363
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (DuArt)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Loren Dean (Billy Bathgate) was twenty-one-years-old at the time of production, six years older than the character in the novel. In the film, people still always call him "a kid". See more »

Goofs

When Billy and Becky are first seen on the roof in long shot she is exhaling smoke; in the close-up immediately after, she doesn't have a cigarette. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bo Weinberg: [being tied up] What do you think, Irving? Makes this cheap dago move on me, Bo Weinberg. The man who took out @Vincent Coll. The man who held Jack Diamond's ears so he could put the gun in his mouth. Who found the rackets he was to *stupid* to find for himself, who made him something more than the lowdown fucking guy that he is! The schmuck, I should expect something else. He pulls me off the the street right in front of my girl, like he don't know no better. Schmuck!
Dutch Schultz: Don't talk to...
[...]
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Connections

References Girl Without a Room (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Oyfn pripetshok (On the Hearth)
Written by Mark Warshawsky
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lost in translation
11 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

The big screen adaptation of E. L. Doctorow's novel shows impressive credentials and handsome production values; so why is the finished film so inert? Is it because the story itself, about a fresh-faced Bronx kid who, during the Depression, learns the hard facts of criminal life from mobster Dutch Schultz (and falls for the boss' girlfriend) is so familiar? Could it be the abrupt, anti-climactic ending to the film's clever hopscotch structure? Or is it because the movie is too much about Billy (played by clean-cut newcomer Loren Dean, a throwback to pre-Touchstone Disney) and not his psychotic mentor? No evidence is visible of the much publicized production problems other than a few scenes where dialogue was obviously overdubbed, but the film still looks as if it were made under duress. A strong supporting cast, and Dustin Hoffman's exciting performance as the vulgar Dutch, are saving graces.


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