Bugsy Malone


1h 33m 1976
Bugsy Malone

Brief Synopsis

A gangster movie where all the gangsters are 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".

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1976
Production Company
Goodtimes Enterprises; National Film Finance Corporation
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures; Rank Film Distributors Ltd

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 33m
Color
Color
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Synopsis

A spoof of classic gangster movies with a cast of children. The violence is limited to pies in the face and machine guns that shoot custard as the story of the rise of Bugsy's rise to power is told.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1976
Production Company
Goodtimes Enterprises; National Film Finance Corporation
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures; Rank Film Distributors Ltd

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 33m
Color
Color
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Award Nominations

Best Song Score

1977

Quotes

Trivia

All singing was dubbed by adult vocalists.

All of the cast were 16 or under at the time of filming.

The splurge guns did not actually fire the "splurge". Director Alan Parker first tried wax balls filled with cream but these hurt when fired, so in the end the splurge guns actually fired ping pong balls, which the actors fired at nothing and what we see on-screen is clever editing between this and shots of actors being hit by handfuls of cream thrown at them by others.

When looking for Fat Sam, director Alan Parker went to a Brooklyn classroom and asked who was the naughtiest boy in class; all the class replied John Cassisi, who subsequently got the part.

Florrie Dugger was originally only a minor part - until the actress meant to play Blousey underwent a growth spurt and became taller than Bugsy (Scott Baio), thus the two swapped roles.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 2014

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1976

Released in United States 2014 (Official Selection)

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1976