Alan Parker’s Bugsy Malone was released in 1976 spoofing classic tales of mobsters during the Prohibition era, except told with an all-child/teenage cast. The 1-hour, 33-minute movie stars Scott Baio, Jodie Foster, Florence Garland, and John Cassisi. Foster’s role as Tallulah is reason enough to watch the film (she was about 14 when the film was produced) although she doesn’t appear nearly as much as one might hope.
Baio is convincing as Bugsy, the Italian-Irish boxing scout that sides with a speakeasy owner named Fat Sam (John Cassisi) to get back at a rival mob leader named Dandy Dan. And, Florence Garland stars as the aspiring singer Blousey.
This movie isn’t for everyone. Not only are musicals an acquired taste for some, Bugsy Malone is a gangster movie that is G-rated and stars only kids. References to adult themes are swapped out for harmless fun. For example, instead of real guns and bullets, the gangsters use splurge guns that shoot out gobs of whipped cream.