Welcome, gentle reader, to another Friday and, subsequently, another fabulous film. Today I will introduce you to the amazing and lovely Bugsy Malone (1976), a favourite from my childhood.
This film noir/gangster film tribute/spoof is directed by Alan Parker and stars Jodie Foster and Scott Baio. The entire cast consists of children, and the story centres around a gangster war between Fat Sam and Dandy Dan in 1929. Smart guy Bugsy Malone (Scott Baio) gets caught up in the war and eventually it’s up to him to save Fat Sam and his speak-easy, which is also the workplace of his girlfriend Blousey Brown (Florrie Dugger) and the alluring Tallulah (Jodie Foster). It contains every element you’d expect from a gangster movie, while simultaneously featuring some great singing and dancing. Again, I stress that the cast is strictly made up of children. Now, some of you may think that this is a lousy premise for a film, but I beg to differ. However, why take my word it when this film comes with a seal of approval from none other than the great Edgar Wright – who not only paid tribute to it in Spaced, but also often include it in the programme for his film festival, “The Wright Stuff” (see what he did there?). And if you’re suspicious enough not to trust either of us (what the h…!?!? We’re totally trustworthy!), listen to this plea from Jodie Foster herself:
See? Now, doesn’t that look brilliant? This weekend, you could do a lot worse than to check out this old goodie! Charming and funny, with great costumes.