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Saturday At The Movies: Billy Bathgate

by Flyovercountry Comments Off
Filed under Headlines at April 27th, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Released at the same time as Bugsy, the gangster movie starring Warren Beatty and Annette Benning, this one never received the same marketing effort, and hence the benefit of mass distribution. That’s a shame, since it is in my opinion a better movie. I can’t vouch for the historical accuracy, which means I believe not much to be true other than there really was a gangster named Dutch Schultz, and another named Charlie Luciano, and that they saw themselves as rivals.

The action is seen from the perspective of a teen aged kid from the Bronx, who witnesses firsthand the final days of a once powerful gangster who is losing his grip on a once formidable empire. The sad downward spiral of his idol, and the transformation of that idol into a petty vindictive ordinary man. By the end of the movie, our star will be completely disabused of the myth of the great and powerful oz, playing his hand at crime boss.

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