Bugsy Malone (1976) - Comedy, Crime, Family

Hohum Score

5

Breathtaking

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

IMDB: 6.9
Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Jodie Foster, Scott Baio
Length: 93 Minutes
PG Rating: G
Reviews: 11 out of 86 found boring (12.79%)

One-line Reviews (38)

On the long, boring car journey up there, I started telling them the story of a gangster called Bugsy Malone.

It's not Shakespeare, but it's entertaining.

Recommended for kids of any age (sorry for the bad cliche) if you like watching something fun and different -- especially if you want to see a truly original take on the gangster theme.

The echoey thinness that runs through so many scenes gives the film a terribly empty, vacant, almost lonely quality.

This film is enjoyable for a wide variety of ages - although best for those aged 9 and up.

But in the end, the detail of the plot lacks the originality of the concept, the film is too dull and too many voices are squeaky and speak too fast, with the unmodulated expression of pubescents.

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.

My main criticism really is the slow parts which happen in the last section of the film, it just doesn't bring it to a great close and I even felt quite tired when the credits starting rolling.

A cute and enjoyable movie-almost to cute .

The likes of Scott Biao and Jodie Foster are all adept at playing dress up and adults, and the fast-paced nature of the plotting means that this is a tale that moves at a snappy speed.

most of all 'Bugsy Malone' showcases a excellent pop score by Paul Williams that manages to be good contemporary pop as well as evocative of the 1930's time period.

It's an enjoyable film to look back on, and remember the good old days.

Well worth watching.

I've seen OAP's having a knitting competition that was more exciting than this film.

Well, it isn't quite as much fun as it was then (it's a kid's movie in every sense of the term), but still enjoyable to watch.

Also starring Albin 'Humpty' Jenkins as Fizzy, Davidson Knight as Cagey Joe, Sheridan Earl Russell as Knuckles, Paul Chirelstein as Smolsky/Boxer; Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' Dexter Fletcher as Baby Face, Vivienne McKone as Velma, Helen Corran as Bangles, Andrew Paul as O'Dreary, and an uncredited Phil Daniels as Waiter who spills spaghetti.

I thoroughly enjoyed it as a child and now as a 35 year old with a child.

), but nonetheless I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The film then takes really takes of in a fast paced finish with both Gangs aiming to be top dogs in the city.

I thought it would be scary, or worse, boring.

The plot is a joyous accumulation of just about every gangster cliché going (from the hot-towel episode at the barber's onwards) and all the locations are spot-on: the warehouse down by the docks, the drugstore, the leader's grand mansion, the speakeasy, the theatre (and the dressing-rooms), etc. About the only one we don't get, come to think of it, is the police sergeant's office...

The predictable script is really no problem, because it's told in a different way than any gangster movie you've ever seen - through songs.

Other than that, this movie (the story, acting, direction, lip syncing) was a completely ridiculous waste of time for people of any age.

It's silly fun and much more entertaining than any garbage on kids TV today.

You'll need to suspend your disbelief for an hour and a half – the film won't do that for you – but if you do, you're rewarded by an enjoyable romp that affectionately takes on a genre reluctant to laugh at itself, and opens it up to a wider audience: if you like gangster-noir, you'll appreciate the parody; if you hate gangster-noir, you'll love the deprecation.

The scenes with the shootouts in were dull and I don't see how you can be killed by mashed potato.

This is the worst movie ever made.

It is funny, weird and confusing as hell to watch.

But for the lucky ones this is mostly a fun and entertaining film.

I first saw this in the theater in 1976, and I thought it was cool then, and worth watching now.

It's full of fun adventure and action yet even the scenes of basic dialogue are thrilling and also humorous.

What can you say about a movie built on clichés, wherein every cliché is held up as something to be adored--and, to boot, is played out by kids 12-and-under dressed as singing gangsters and their molls?

but so empty .

), Jodie Foster looking unnervingly sexy for her age as vampish songstress Tallulah, and a very young Dexter Fletcher as Babyface (UK TV viewers my age will know who he is), and with superb direction by Alan Parker and brilliant music and songs by Paul Williams (the man behind the tunes for one of my other favourite musicals, Phantom of the Paradise), this is one of the most enjoyable films of the 70s, particularly when viewed as a youngster.

The idea is very good and must have been worked on quite a lot, even though the plot goes all over the place in confusing directions.

The idea of the splurge gun and all that cream, and the strange cars also were a great idea, a movie starring kids specially made for a kid audience but it's very good for adults too, way better than to take kids to see some stupid little movies with boring punchlines that many adults are forced to watch.

Final rating: 7/10 "An very enjoyable, entertaining movie.

Worth watching if you want something different.