The St. Valentine's Day Massacre

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre

DVD - 2006
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The story behind Al Capone's hit on Bugs Moran's gang on St. Valentine's Day.
Publisher: [United States] : 20th Century Fox, 2006
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: DVD ST
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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akirakato
Jan 19, 2016

This is a 1967 gangster docu-drama directed by Roger Corman, based on the 1929 Chicago mass murder of seven members of the Northside Gang led by George "Bugs" Moran.
In a bid to get rid of Moran once and for all, Capone goes to his winter home in Miami, Florida to establish an alibi while his henchmen, some dressed as cops, ambush and execute seven members of Moran's gang in a northside garage on February 14, 1929.
Each character is given a verbal voiceover biography as they are introduced.
It is an old-fashioned, hard-boiled gangster movie you would hate to enjoy.

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ManMachine
Aug 01, 2014

Yep. I was really surprised to find out that 1967's The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (or, TSVDM, for short) was, in fact, directed by Roger Corman, the undisputed "king" of super low-budget horror and teen exploitation films of the 1950s and 60s.

(And, I must say that I was quite impressed)

Up to this point in his film-making career Corman had been directing "quickies" with budgets in the $250,000 range (or less). But, then, with this picture he was handed a cool million to throw around. And, by what I saw, I don't think that he recklessly squandered that dough on this production.

Set in the year 1929 (in the crime-drenched metropolis of Chicago), TSVDM's story is, in fact, based on actual events that led up to a very special sort of Valentine's Day surprise that made the most sensational headlines all across the nation, and beyond.

Featuring plenty of swell-looking cars, cheap-looking whores, and deadly, drive-by shootings, TSVDM is an exciting gangster picture of treachery and double-crosses that, convincingly enough, captures the nostalgic feel of a "Depression Era" America.

My one big beef about this picture has to do with the gross miscasting of actor Jason Robards as the ruthlessly violent Al Capone character.

I mean, let's face it, Capone was, without question, one of the meanest and lousiest bastards imaginable. And, nope, I'm sorry to say, Robards just didn't cut the mustard with his portrayal. No way, Jose.

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ManMachine
Aug 01, 2014

"They don't call that guy 'Bugs' for nothing." (snicker-snicker)

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