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Directed by Alan Parker

1976

UK

Color

93 minutes

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Bugsy Malone

Thirty years after its release, Bugsy Malone, an adult gangster comedy/musical in which all the roles are played by children, can make you nostalgic for the 1970s and the 1930s at the same time. That this oddity was directed by Alan Parker (Midnight Express), only makes the whole thing more bizarre. Local mob boss Fat Sam (John Cassisi) finds his empire under threat from newcomer Dandy Dan (Martin Lev) who unleashes a new weapon on his enemies: the Splurge gun – which shoots whipped cream instead of bullets. In the midst of this turf war is Bugsy Malone (Scott Baio) who promises wannabe singer and actress Blousey Brown (Florrie Dugger) that he will get her a job at Fat Sam's bar. But the vampish Tallulah (Jodie Foster) has her sights set on Bugsy, and Malone finds himself being drawn into the war as Fat Sam employs him.  – www.themoviescene.co.uk

“Watching the 14-year-old Jodie Foster vamp it up with her costar, 1970s teen dreamboat Scott Baio, as they lip sync to adults singing songs by Paul Williams is one of the stranger cinematic experiences you'll ever have. Beloved by many, Bugsy Malone has become a cult film for adults who remember watching it as kids.” – Don Willmott, www.filmcritic.com

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