Bugsy Malone (Alan Parker, 1976)

Bugsy Malone is the last great musical.” – John Burgess, THE GUARDIAN.

Drafthouse Films LogoIt’s 1929.  A vicious mob war is tearing the city apart.  One man is caught in the middle.  And no one has hit puberty yet.

Get splurged with this offbeat slapstick gangster musical that features ruthless mobsters, gin hall singers and hard-nosed cops .. played exclusively by a cast of children.  Showcasing the talents of a pre-Chachi Scott Baio and a 13 year-old Jodie Foster (fresh off playing a child prostitute for Martin Scorsese in Taxi Driver), Sir Alan Parker’s Bugsy Malone is the most elaborate game cops and robbers ever attempted.  Baio is Bugsy Malone, a small-time boxing promoter who gets mixed up with some pint-sized gangs competing to take over the “sarsaparilla racket” with a cache of “splurge guns” – Tommy Guns that shoot gobs of custard and take their victim out of commission.  Goofing on cliches of prohibition-era gangster pics, the film plays off the absurdity of miniature mobsters talking up dancers at speakeasies and chasing each other in Model T pedal cars, all while supported by Broadway-style song and dance numbers written (and sometimes performed) by Paul Williams.  This gangster epic will appeal to kids and adults alike, and the only thing criminal is how cute these crooks are as they wage their pocket-sized mob war.

Special Features:

  • Audio commentary with writer-director Sir Alan Parker
  • Optional “Sing-A-Long” version
  • “From Sketch to Screen” – rough shot sketches synched to the film’s soundtrack
  • After They Were Famous: Bugsy Malone, a 2003 retrospective on the film made from British television
  • Trailers
  • Photo Gallery
  • Production Art Gallery including sketched and full painted concept art
  • 32-page booklet featuring an essay by Sir Alan Parker on the making of the film and a new essay by film scholar Kier-La Janisse

Splurge Edition – Package Includes:

  • Bugsy Malone on Blu-ray or Standard DVD featuring over 3 hours of bonus material!
  • DRM-free Digital Download of the film in 1080p, 720p, and mobile/tablet formats
  • Instant download of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Paul Williams
  • 27″ x 40″ reversible poster
  • Parker’s graphic novel adaptation of Bugsy Malone, illustrated by Graham Thompson

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