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In 1935, Bronx teenager Billy Behan (Loren Dean) attracts the attention of powerful mobster Dutch Schultz (Dustin Hoffman) and quickly becomes a part of his organization, growing close to Dutch's associate, Bo Weinberg (Bruce Willis). Knowing his yet-undiscovered betrayal of the gang has placed his life in jeopardy, Bo makes Billy promise to look after his girlfriend, Drew Preston (Nicole Kidman). Attracted to the beautiful woman, Billy tries to protect Drew from the murderous Dutch.

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Critic Reviews for Billy Bathgate

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  • Aug 06, 2011
    Billy Bathgate should be much more exciting and gritty than it is. The story of Dutch Schultz and his decline offers a wealth of material for Hollywood to make a competent gangster film. Instead, Billy Bathgate focuses more on Schultz's protege, and his brief love interest in Nicole Kidman. This succeeds in making the movie boring at times.That said, Dustin Hoffman was excellent as Schultz, and Bruce Willis was effective as well, though ultimately wasted. Hoffman and the excellent world building, the most realistic depiction of 1930s New York I've seen, are why I ultimately enjoyed it, despite its' prominent flaws.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2011
    I don't remember too much about it now but my lingering impression is that it was better than I expected for yet another gangster yarn, plus there's always bonus points for Nicole Kidman skinnydipping.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 15, 2011
    note to self: learn how to juggle
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2008
    Good, not great. Novel's much better.
    Morris N Super Reviewer

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