The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)




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Schlockmeister Roger Corman produced this graphically violent chronicle of the Chicago gangster wars of the 1920s and the events that lead to the bloody title showdown between rival mobsters Al Capone (Jason Robards) and Bugs Moran (Ralph Meeker) that marked a brutal end to a terrifying era. Fred Steiner's film score is effectively mixed with popular songs from the 1920s, and the re-creation of gangster-era Chicago is a credit to the set designers. Historic and insightful narration is dramatically provided by Paul Frees, giving the film the flavor of a docudrama. Jean Hale plays Moran's gun moll, who is mercilessly kneed in the stomach while arguing over a fur coat. Though The St. Valentine's Day Massacre was heralded by critics at the time of its initial release, their opinion of the film has changed with each decade as they waver on the cinematic value of all of Corman's work. Audiences continue to relish the film, which is often shown on the anniversary of the bloody executions. Watch for Jack Nicholson as one of the unfortunate victims. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi
Rating: NR
Genre: Action & Adventure , Cult Movies , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Roger Corman
Written By: Howard Browne
In Theaters: wide
20th Century Fox


Jason Robards
as Al Capone
Jean Hale
as Myrtle
George Segal
as Peter Gusenberg
Ralph Meeker
as George Clarence 'Bugs' Moran
Clint Ritchie
as Jack McGurn
Frank Silvera
as Nicholas Sorello
Joseph Campanella
as Al Wienshank
Richard Bakalyan
as John Scalise
David Canary
as Frank Gusenberg
Bruce Dern
as John May
Harold J. Stone
as Frank 'The Enforcer' Nitti
Michele Guayini
as Patsy Lolordo
Kurt Kreuger
as James Clark
Paul Richards
as Charles Fischetti
Joseph Turkel
as Jake 'Greasy Thumb' Guzik
Milton Frome
as Adam Heyer
Mickey Deems
as Reinhart Schwimmer
John Agar
as Dion O'Bannion
Celia Lovsky
as Josephine Schwimmer
Tom Reese
as Ted Newberry
Jan Merlin
as Willie Marks
Alex D'Arcy
as Joey Aiello
Reed Hadley
as Earl 'Hymie' Weiss
Tom Signorelli
as Bobo Borotto
Rico Cattani
as Albert Anselmi
Alex Rocco
as Diamond
Leo Gordon
as James Morton
Barboura Morris
as Jeanette Landsman
Dan Ades
as Little Jerry Molina
Richard Krisher
as Desk Clerk
Paul H. Frees
as Narrator
Ron Gans
as Chapman
Jack Del Rio
as Capone's Board Member
Phil Haran
as Capone's Board Member
Bob Brandin
as Capone's Board Member
Ernesto Moralli
as Capone's Board Member
Nick Borgani
as Capone's Board Member
Ken Scott
as Policeman
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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
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Full Review… | May 8, 2005
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Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's a cool, violent film, romantic in a disciplined, disenchanted way about its battling gangsters.

Full Review… | August 3, 2015
The Spectator

Corman is adept at creating human moments between the plot points, reminding us of the little guys caught up in the war and the human cost of the violence...

Full Review… | March 14, 2015
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The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967) ?? 1/2 Roger Corman-produced gangster story of events leading to, and ending with, the massacre in Chicago during late prohibition. So much shooting throughout the film that the finale seems surprisingly tame; Jason Robards has never overacted like this before (he plays Al Capone-and it is unintentionally hilarious!). Still quite enjoyable in that schlocky Roger Corman way.

Tanner Bartko
Tanner Bartko

One of the greatest gangster films you've most likely never seen. I'm telling you it's great and if you are still reading this sentence, I highly advise you to get a hold of it. Unless you may not be interested in crime noir or the history this film profiles, you MUST watch this and be able to tell people you've watched this movie your friend's have probably never even heard of.

Tyrus Kitt
Tyrus Kitt

Corman fans should really see this one, it's very different from his other films, it's like a biographical/historical account of the St. Valentines Day Massacre events, which not many people know much about these days. I learned a lot from it, and it's entertaining too.

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