- 1 hr 33 min
Bugsy Malone is a co-production between the U.K.'s Rank Organisation and Paramount Pictures in the U.S.; the 93 minute film has obtained a cult following mainly because of the use of children under the age of 17 at the time of filming to populate the movie. Loosely based on the prohibition era gangsters Bugsy Malone and Al Capone the film substitutes cream pie firing guns for real guns with no actor faking being killed in the entire movie. Despite being a children's movie acted entirely by children the director Alan Parker and musical director Paul Williams used adult singers to perform the many musical numbers the children lip synch to. The movie opens with a gangster in the gang of Fat Sam, a speak easy owner and small time racketeer being splurged by a new weapon firing custard pies. Bugsy Malone, played by Scott Baio of Happy Days fame frequents Fat Sam's illegal bar and slowly becomes a trusted ally of the bar owner when his criminal empire is attacked by Dandy Dan and his gang. As the turf war between Fat Sam and Dandy Dan is going on Bugsy becomes romantically involved with an aspiring actress Blousey Brown whilst fighting off the attentions of Fat Sam's girlfriend, Tallulah, played by Jodie Foster. After Fat Sam's gang are all splurged Bugsy and a boxing hopeful, Leroy Smith track down Dany Dan's supply of splurge guns. After stealing the guns with a group of homeless people for enough money to move himself and Blousey to Hollywood Bugsy returns to Fat Sam's speak easy. A huge custard pie fight ensues to mark the finale of the film with all the actors covered in pies apart from Bugsy and Blousey. With the entire cast singing the final song everybody in the film becomes friends and reconcile their differences as Bugsy and Blousey leave Chicago forever. Bugsy Malone was the directorial debut of British writer Alan Parker with Sir David Puttnam acting as executive producer.