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
Action & Adventure , Cult Movies , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Jason Robards
as Al Capone
Bruce Dern
as John May
Alex Rocco
as Diamond
George Segal
as Peter Gusenberg
Ralph Meeker
as George Clarence 'Bugs' Moran
John Agar
as Dion O'Bannion
Frank Silvera
as Nicholas Sorello
Harold J. Stone
as Frank 'The Enforcer' Nitti
Barboura Morris
as Jeanette Landsman
Tom Reese
as Ted Newberry
Jean Hale
as Myrtle
Richard Bakalyan
as John Scalise
Joe Turkel
as Gusik
Joseph Campanella
as Al Wienshank
Charles Dierkop
as Salvanti
Tom Signorelli
as Bobo Borotto
David Canary
as Frank Gusenberg
Paul Richards
as Charles Fischetti
Kurt Kreuger
as James Clark
Leo Gordon
as James Morton
Celia Lovsky
as Josephine Schwimmer
Jan Merlin
as Willie Marks
Reed Hadley
as Earl 'Hymie' Weiss
Clint Ritchie
as Jack McGurn
Ken Scott
as Policeman
Milton Frome
as Adam Heyer
Dan Ades
as Little Jerry Molina
Jack Del Rio
as Capone's Board Member
Richard Krisher
as Desk Clerk
Mary Grace Canfield
as Mrs. Doody
Ron Gans
as Chapman
Alex D'Arcy
as Joey Aiello
Joseph Turkel
as Jake 'Greasy Thumb' Guzik
Paul H. Frees
as Narrator
Rico Cattani
as Albert Anselmi
Mickey Deems
as Reinhart Schwimmer
Nick Borgani
as Capone's Board Member
Michele Guayini
as Patsy Lolordo
Phil Haran
as Capone's Board Member
Bob Brandin
as Capone's Board Member
Ernesto Moralli
as Capone's Board Member
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Critic Reviews for The St. Valentine's Day Massacre

All Critics (7)

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

Roger Corman's rat-tat-tat helming is one of the strengths of this crime flick ... What damages the picture are the performances by the two top-billed stars, Jason Robards and George Segal.

Full Review… | March 4, 2015
Creative Loafing

Shoot 'em up gangsters, Prohibition era, via Roger Corman.

March 2, 2008

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October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

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September 23, 2005

Audience Reviews for The St. Valentine's Day Massacre


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.

Aj V
Aj V

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