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

Director:

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 ... Smolsky
Andrew Paul ... O'Dreary
Davidson Knight Davidson Knight ... Cagey Joe
Michael Jackson Michael Jackson ... Razamataz
Jeff Stevenson ... Louis (as Jeffrey Stevens)
Peter Holder Peter Holder ... Ritzy
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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Hold on to your money and your honey - Bugsy's coming to town, See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Paul Williams wrote all the music for this film, and sang many of Bugsy's lines for Scott Baio. See more »

Goofs

Bugsy quotes "I coulda been a contender, Charlie" from On The Waterfront, made in 1954. Bugsy Malone is set in the 1920s - 30 years before On The Waterfront was made. 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 »


Soundtracks

Down And Out
(uncredited)
Written by Paul Williams
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A cute and enjoyable movie-almost to cute
26 September 2001 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

This is a very cute and enjoyable movie, quite possibly the only one in a very small sub-genre in the genre of gangster films-a musical gangster movie cast entirely with children. The cast is notable principally by the presence of Jodie Foster (as a side note, this was released the same year as was Taxi Driver!) and Scott Baio, the musical score was done by Paul Wiliams (who was nominated for an Oscar for his efforts here) and the costumes are quite nice. One thing about the music: I've seen this several times and I still can't be sure if the cast is singing or if the singing is dubbed. I think it's dubbed, as the numbers are almost stiltedin nature. Still fun-just put your brain on neutral and enjoy. Well worth watching.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Italian | French

Release Date:

15 September 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP575,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,783,840

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,790,419
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Technical Specs

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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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