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Directed by Alan Parker

United States 1976 90 mins. In English

Alan Parker’s laugh-filled debut film is a nostalgic, prohibition-set gangster musical cast entirely with children. Exploiting every crime cliché imaginable while poking fun at film violence, the machine guns are replaced in this Art Deco world by “splurge” guns, cars are pedaled, and no one ever really gets hurt. Jodie Foster stars as Tallulah, the sassy vamp in Sam’s speakeasy, who glides to Paul William’s Oscar-nominated score.

Genres: Comedy, Musical

Appears in: Kid Flicks



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