The St. Valentine's Day Massacre

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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

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Cast

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
Joe 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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Critic Reviews for The St. Valentine's Day Massacre

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Audience Reviews for The St. Valentine's Day Massacre

  • Jul 30, 2011
    Jason Robards is not a miscast, and this can be seen more easily if you are a virgin from watching De Palma's take on Capone. He's like a mean and psycho version of Bogart. Like several users have pointed out correctly, this film does not take itself seriously and does not invite us to half way through. There is a constant voiceover as a tool for aiding the pace and the plot, advancing quickly through backgrounds and events. Above this, there is a mediocre screenplay, but a catchy score and a decent editing. Once all of this has been digested, everything comes out differently: like a highly entertaining and almost solid delivery to the worshipped gangster genre. Remember who's behind the camera. 75/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Dec 01, 2008
    Concise, efective and entertaining depiction of the notorious bloodshed unleashed by Capone and Moran in 1920s Chicago. Inherits the narrative vigor and rhythm of urgency of the classic gangster flicks.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer

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