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Bugsy Malone

1976 G 1h 33m DVD

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Bugsy Malone

1976 G 1h 33m DVD
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With a cast of child actors -- including Scott Baio as the titular Bugsy Malone and Jodie Foster as a speakeasy songbird -- director Alan Parker's audacious musical sends up Prohibition-era mobster flicks. Young wiseguy Bugsy finds himself drawn into a turf war when a rival gang unleashes its newest weapon, the splurge gun -- which fires whipped cream instead of bullets. Paul Williams snagged an Oscar nomination for the film's score.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
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age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that while all the violence here involves cream pies and cream-loaded "splurge guns," there's still menace behind it and characters do "die" of their cream-filled wounds. There are cream massacres and cream-pie hits. There's also a great deal of sexualization of tween girls, with young girls saying that they watch their figures and dancing suggestively. Jodie Foster's character sings about how the men in the audience "don't have to be lonely."

Sexual Content

Lots of tween girls wearing sexy outfits, but no sexual behavior. Tallulah kisses Bugsy on the forehead.


Lots of comic violence with guns filled with cream. Instead of being shot with bullets, kids are "killed" with the help of semiautomatic "splurge guns." Scenes with these guns include a massacre at a speakeasy and pies in the face. Bugsy gets beaten up and robbed. Leroy boxes and punches someone out in the ring.


One use of "hell."

Social Behavior

Lots of kid-themed debauchery, including a bootleg sarsaparilla racket, stealing, and breaking the law.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Only if you count bootleg root beer.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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