Run time: 93 mins
In Theaters: Wednesday 15th September 1976
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Production compaines: Goodtimes Enterprises, Bugsy Malone Productions, National Film Finance Consortium, Robert Stigwood Organization (RSO), National Film Trustee Company, The Rank Organisation
Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Fresh: 15 Rotten: 3
IMDB: 6.8 / 10
Director: Alan Parker
Producer: Alan Marshall
Screenwriter: Alan Parker
Starring: Jodie Foster as Tallulah, Martin Lev as Dandy Dan, John Cassisi as Fat Sam, Scott Baio as Bugsy Malone, Florrie Dugger as Blousey, Paul Murphy as Leroy Smith, Sheridan Earl Russell as Knuckles, Albin 'Humpty' Jenkins as Fizzy, Paul Chirelstein as Smolsky, Andrew Paul as O'Dreary, Davidson Knight as Cagey Joe, Michael Jackson as Razamataz, Jeff Stevenson as Louis, Peter Holder as Ritzy, Donald Waugh as Snake Eyes, Michael Kirkby as Angelo, Jon Zebrowski as Shoulders, Jorge Valdez as Bronx Charlie, John Rafter Lee as Benny Lee
Basically a story of warring gangs, Bugsy Malone introduces us to Fat Sam (John Cassisi) and Dandy Dan (Martin Lev), who are battling for turf. Bugsy (Baio) shows up at Sam's bar and meets Blousey Brown (Florrie Duggal), who wants to be a star. When the bar is raided, Dandy Dan breaks out his new weapon, a "Splurge gun" that shoots whipped cream. Bugsy and Blousey hit it off, but he's also caught the eye of sexy vamp Talullah (Foster), who always gets her man. Do you care?
With a dozen songs by short-limbed '70s pop music go-to guy Paul Williams, most of which are utterly forgettable drivel that even the Carpenters or the Captain and Tennille couldn't have salvaged, the movie goes along in its own insane way, alternating between boring stretches, the dubbed songs, and Splurge gun fights that leave all the kid gangsters covered with goo. One wonders how all the middle school students who use this story as a basis for their annual school play finesse those gunfight scenes.
If there's any winner here it's Foster, who does what she can with the material, playing the tough girl just as she did for Scorsese (and just as she still does today). There's little else here that delivers even the bare minimum for a musical or a comedy. Your kiddies may find it fun to watch other kiddies playing dress up, but you'll just be scratching your head in amazement as you ponder the fact that Baio, not Foster, was supposed to be the breakout star of this show.
Why doncha come up and see me some time. We'll watch Teletubbies.