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The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)

Not Rated | | 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

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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

At the beginning of the movie when Peter Gusenberg (George Segal) asks the barkeep where he's getting his beer from, the barkeep answers, "A fellow named Slausen", to which Gusenberg replies, "Slausen? The only Slausen I know works for Caponi, Al Caponi." Believe it or not, Gusenberg's pronunciation of Al Capone's name is in fact a source of debate amongst historians. Though he's known as "Capone" with an "E", early arrest sheets and Chicago Tribune articles listed Capone's name as "Caponi" with an "I". However, the Chicago Tribune was known at the time for their blatant spelling errors (like "clew" for "clue") and may be responsible for this misconception of Capone's name. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Peter Gusenberg is pushing the bar owner around, the narrator states the character was born in 1898 when in fact he was born in 1888. See more »

Quotes

Reporter: Y'know some are sayin' that it really was the cops who shot those men.
Bugs Moran: You must be new to this town, mister. Only Al Capone kills like that.
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Connections

Referenced in The Wonder Years: The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1990) See more »

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Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Lee Hale
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Realistic and mostly accurate
21 February 2006 | by waynec50See all my reviews

"The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre" is a very good gangster movie, released five years before the all-time great "The Godfather". It's pretty accurate in its chronology, according to the books and documentaries I've seen about the incident, only a couple of dramatic licenses taken. The film unfolds like a documentary, showing the dynamics of the rival gangs and their blood feud. Opening with the killers leaving the garage and then the neighbors discovery of the massacre, it proceeds to detail the buildup to the crime. The victims are introduced, along with the killers and planners. Lots of good actors are in this, veterans of both the big and little screen. Jason Robards has been slammed for his over-the-top portrayal of Al Capone, but everything I've seen about Scarface shows that he was over-the-top himself. George Segal is especially good as a Moran gang member, Peter Gusenberg. Ralph Meeker is a tough , barrel chested Bugs Moran. Both gangs are filled with familiar, competent actors. Jean Hale has a nicely done cameo as a classic "gun Moll", Myrtle, Pete's squeeze. Even Jack Nicholson shows up as a Tommy gunner! The climactic massacre is chillingly accurate using forensic evidence to show how the victims fell and their final positions. All-in-all, a really good movie and record of one of the most famous and shocking events in American criminal history. 8 of 10.


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