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The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)

12 | | Crime, Drama, History | 30 June 1967 (USA)
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Al Capone's Valentine Day surprise for the rival Bugs Moran gang in 1929 Chicago.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writer:

Howard Browne
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Robards ... Al Capone
George Segal ... Peter Gusenberg
Ralph Meeker ... George Clarence 'Bugs' Moran
Jean Hale ... Myrtle
Clint Ritchie ... Jack McGurn
Frank Silvera ... Nick Sorello
Joseph Campanella ... Albert Wienshank
Richard Bakalyan ... John Scalise
David Canary ... Frank Gusenberg
Bruce Dern ... Johnny May
Harold J. Stone ... Frank Nitti
Kurt Kreuger ... James Clark
Paul Richards ... Charles Fischetti
Joe Turkel ... Jake 'Greasy Thumb' Guzik (as Joseph Turkel)
Milton Frome ... Adam Heyer
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Storyline

Chicago February 14th 1929. Al Capone finally establishes himself as the city's boss of organised crime. In a north-side garage his hoods, dressed as policemen, surprise and mow down with machine-guns the key members of Bugs Moran's rival gang. The film traces the history of the incident, and the lives affected and in some cases ended by it. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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They don't negotiate. They eliminate. See more »

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Crime | Drama | History

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'affaire Al Capone See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Average Shot Length = ~9.2 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~8.4 seconds. See more »

Goofs

Pay close attention to the massacre outside the church. The man firing the pump shotgun fires and fires, but he doesn't reload at all. See more »

Quotes

Bartender: [nervously] If you don't like the beer, mister, you don't have to pay for it.
Peter Gusenberg: Well now, ain't you the cat's pajamas!
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My Blue Heaven
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Very entertaining, fast paced, and a marvelous cast
16 June 2003 | by oversplayerSee all my reviews

Just one more movie that highlights how much better movies were 30+ years ago than they are now. If this story were told today, the gore would overwhelm most of the plot and all of the entertainment.

As is, even the shlock Roger Corman produces a highly enjoyable, rapid paced vehicle. The scene with George Segal and Jean Hale is reminiscent of the one between Glenn Ford and Hope Lange in "Pocketful of Miracles." And, after watching it, one wonders why Jean Hale's filmography is so short.

Only Jason Robards, Jr. really overdoes it, but who's to say that Capone himself didn't overact a bit? Certainly no one who's alive to write a review here.

More entertaining than many other 60's gangster flicks, including "Bonnie and Clyde," "Dillinger," and the depressing "Murder, Inc."

While "The Godfather" series and "Goodfellas" were much higher budget and quality productions, both had parts which were overextended or just downright dull (for example, the long drawn out day of Henry Hill's arrest in "Goodfellas").

This one doesn't. It rocks from beginning to end. And most of the cast (such as the ubiquitous Charlie Dierkop) look more like hoodlums than real hoodlums do. (I think.)

Very high marks for sheer entertainment value.


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