Bugsy Malone
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Here's the basic "shtick" of Bugsy Malone: it's a gangster picture enacted by children. Acted out before scaled-down sets, the film details the career of Bugsy Malone (Scott Baio), who rises to the top of the criminal ladder in 1920s New York. Whenever gunfire is called for, the kiddie crooks substitute whipped cream for bullets. Paul Williams contributes several songs, which are performed by adult singers and lip-synched by the pint-sized actors. The cast includes John Cassisi as diminutive Capone clone Fat Sam, and then-13-year-old Jodie Foster as the sultry nightclub… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Parker's script is as sharp as a wiseguy's suit, his attention to period and genre detail a constant joy, and he coaxes scarily poised performances from his young performers."
‑ Mark Monahan, Daily Telegraph
"The songs and set pieces are still fresh and infectious and most of the child cast are mesmerisingly good. I defy anyone not to be caught up in the charm and nostalgia."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
"A minor masterpiece of it's time"
‑ Clint Morris, Film Threat
"A cute oddity, mostly because of the talent in front and behind the camera, especially Foster and Parker"
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"This original concept, a gangster musical spoof with all the roles played by children (Jodie Foster among them), never found its audience, but it's worth checking out."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"There's little here that delivers even the bare minimum for a musical or a comedy"
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"One of a kind, totally clever gangster parody with music and kids."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Jodie Foster stars in goofy kid mobster movie."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"Pretty goofy idea, but kids will probably be diverted by it."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Gets points for sheer peculiarness."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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