Bugsy Malone, the gangster musical comedy, is the newest title to join the Paramount Presents line of Blu-rays with collectible packaging.
Using children to play the gangsters makes for an interesting premise. However, the one thing that is weird and it is having adult voices coming out of their mouths. It’s weird and both director Alan Parker and songwriter Paul Williams have come to regret the decision since filming. But with having adult voices come out of the children, it reminds you of what Billy Corben and Albert Spellman did with their documentary, Screwball, a few years ago. Anyway, the disc is light on in-depth bonus content and we just get two brief interviews with Paul Williams and executive producer David Puttnam. What’s hard to believe is that Jodie Foster went straight from working on Taxi Driver to this film. Her performances couldn’t be more different!
The film makes its arrival on Blu-ray for the first time just ahead of September’s 45th anniversary. If there’s one aspect of the film that didn’t age well, it’s the casting of Scott Baio. Not so much because of his political views but because of his own personal actions. I don’t need to rehash it here but feel free to look it up if you want.
Set in 1929 New York City, Bugsy Malone captures a flashy world of would-be hoodlums, showgirls, and dreamers—all portrayed by child actors. As Tallulah, the sassy girlfriend of the owner of Fat Sam’s Grand Slam Speakeasy, future superstar Jodie Foster leads a talented cast. Parker’s sharp script, combined with the music and lyrics of Paul Williams, makes for an irresistible satire that’s truly one-of-a-kind.
- Give a Little Love: Paul Williams on Bugsy Malone (New)
- Filmmaker Focus: Executive Producer David Puttnam on Bugsy Malone (New)
- Theatrical Trailers
DIRECTOR/SCREENWRITER: Alan Parker
CAST: Jodie Foster, Scott Baio, Florrie Dugger, John Cassisi