Review: ‘Bugsy Malone’

Set in 1929 Gotham, pic is a compendium of gangster/Prohibition pic situations and cliches, played tongue-in-cheek by a splendid cast of juves, a veritable casting treasure trove.

Set in 1929 Gotham, pic is a compendium of gangster/Prohibition pic situations and cliches, played tongue-in-cheek by a splendid cast of juves, a veritable casting treasure trove.

Jodie Foster is outstanding as a moll, but so are Scott Baio as Bugsy, John Cassisi as Fat Sam, Florrie Dugger as Blousey, Martin Lev as Dandy Dan, Paul Murphy and Albin Jenkins as, respectively, Leroy and Fizzy. Plus many others.

Writer-director Alan Parker deserves much of the credit for concept and execution, with Paul Williams sharing the spotlight on the strength of his songs (music and lyrics), all pleasantly reminiscent and tinkly.

In short, it’s a brave, funny and winning pic which is nearly – but regrettably not quite – a triumph.

1976: Nomination: Best Adapted Score

Bugsy Malone

UK

Production

Goodtimes. Director Alan Parker; Producer Alan Marshall; Screenplay Alan Parker; Camera Michael Seresin, Peter Biziou; Editor Gerry Hambling; Music Dave Garland (dir.); Art Director Geoffrey Kirkland

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 93 MIN.

With

Scott Baio Jodie Foster Florrie Dugger John Cassisi Martin Lev Paul Murphy
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