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Movie Review Bugsy Malone
 January 12, 2001
 
Grade:  A+
Director:  Alan Parker Released:  September 1976
Writer:  Alan Parker MPAA Rating:  G
Players:  Jodie Foster, Scott Baio Running time:  93 minutes
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This is one of my all-time favorite films.  If someone says, "Hey Croco, what's your favorite movie?".  "Bugsy Malone" is likely to come flying out of my grill.  I saw it as a kid, and I've always loved it.  Splurge guns, gangsters, boxing, secret night clubs, singing, dancing, love story ... this film has it all!

Bugsy Malone is not only one of the best films ever, it's one of the most underrated.  Most people I know have never even heard of it, let alone watched it.  It's a forgotten gem that I hope gets a second chance at some point.  Just air it on TBS half as often as Cliffhanger and people will catch on to it.

If you've never seen it, try to watch through your inner child, ignore the lip-synched singing and just enjoy ... as if you were watching Willy Wonka.  In fact, I don't understand why this film isn't as popular as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  They both have good, memorable characters and musical numbers; both have fun, lightweight stories; both considered to be children's movies; both were released in the 1970's.  I suppose the fact that Wonka is based on a successful book explains the popularity difference, but trust me when I tell you Bugsy Malone is equally deserving.

- crocoPuffs

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Scott Baio's best performance ever!  The kid who plays Fat Sam, I love that kid.  They found him in a grade school in Brooklyn.  The Paul Williams score is surprisingly good.  I know all the lyrics and I'm not ashamed to sing along.

crocoSaurusRex says:   "Why little kids dressed like gangsters?  Where are their parents?"


 

 
     
 
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