The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre details
|Starring:||George Segal, Joe Turkel, Harold J. Stone, Joseph Campanella, Clint Ritchie, Frank Silvera, Jean Hale, Milton Frome, Bruce Dern, Alex Rocco, Ralph Meeker, Jonathan Haze, ason Robards, Dick Miller, Jack Nicholson|
The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre
|Run time:||1 hour 36 minutes|
|Rental release:||27 May 2013|
Most helpful review
Great, fantastic DVDBy Simon Gambling from Hatton , 01 Aug 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]This has been in my reserved list ever since I started ScreenSelect. I watched it many times as a kid. It's a brilliant film based on true events leading up to the St Valentines Day Massacre. From the acting to the costumes and sets it's every bit 'roaring twenties' to watch.
Interesting NastinessBy Cato (774 reviews) from Lydbury North , 12 Nov 2013A little too pseudo documentary for me, but it was an interesting insight into the wild times of 192os New York, where old Italian/Sicilian grudges were reignited from times past, mostly about bootleg liquor, cementing the future Mafia culture in America. A good film about a pretty nasty subject.
Boogie 'n' BulletsBy droog (56 reviews) from Lingfield,Surrey , 12 May 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]Having re-read Kenneth Allsop's book, 'The Bootleggers', it was great to come back to'The St.Valentine's Day Massacre'with the facts in my head. Corman and his writers stick to the actual events leading up to the massacre in that North Clark Street Garage in 1929,the culmination of the bloody gang wars fought in Chicago in the twenties against The Big Fellow (Al Capone) by others who wished to topple him from his grip on the speakeasies,brothels and gambling concessions he had won. Bugs Moran was hijacking Capone's booze lorries and his gang was set up and severely stung by imported expert machine-gunners. He had not learnt the fatal lessons of Dion O'Banion,shot in his flower shop and Hymie Weiss who was cut down by very patient Chicago piano-wielders on a street corner. The atmosphere of the film was terrific and its documentary style brought a sense of immediacy and realism to the story and its bloody aftermath as none of the gangsters involved in the massacre survived including its prime mover,Machine Gun Jack McGurn,acting on Capone's behalf. I loved the great outfits,straw hats, three-piece suits and ties, I was ducking from the bullets as Hymie Weiss' car train poured lead into Capone's restaurant hang-out with the chilling effects of smashing glass - with no result. Corman had even managed to get the scene of the massacre right as it matched the photograph published in the Chicago newspapers. The film did not preach,it just presented the facts leading up to the slaughter as far as they could be ascertained. What it could have preached about was the fact that such an incident could only have occurred in a brutal and corrupt political atmosphere which Chicago was in the twenties ; police and some political authorities were riven with graft. Such an atmosphere was reflected in films noir which only reflected the desperate fight Good had with Evil and usually only just winning. What was presented was a great example of the gangster genre from a low-budget master craftsman.
Good for it's time.By a customer from Bridgend , 08 Feb 2009I enjoyed this one . Saw it many years ago in the cinema. Certainly worth a watch.Another reason was the soundtrack song Brother Can You Spare a Dime was recorded by a local group who I was friendly with and originally released on the old Fontana Record Label.
This group was originally known as the Artwoods and features Ronnie Woods (stones) late Brother on vocals and the keyboard player is Jon Lord (Deep Purple).
greatBy a customer from London , 22 Dec 2008One of my favourite gangster movies is Dillinger, and this is as good if not better as it has more style as far as I can tell. It's bigger. If you like gangster movies you shouldn't miss it.
A ClassicBy FarrukhsHoney (471 reviews) from Basildon , 08 Apr 2008Although the film does not have much of a story line, you can see how back then the gangland wars were rectified. Also a brilliant performance by Jason Robards.