Stuck in the middle of a battle for power between "Fat Sam" and "Dandy Dan" is happy-go-lucky chancer Bugsy Malone, who's just trying to get by, get the dame and get respect.
All the singing vocals were dubbed by adults which, looking at the film nowadays, makes it all slightly freaky. Anyhoo, fortune has favoured some of the cast more than others:
Scott Baio - Bugsy Malone
Now 43, Italian American Baio has enjoyed a relatively successful acting career. Aside from this starring role as Bugsy himself, he is also famously known for playing Fonzie's young cousin Charles 'Chachi' Arcola in Happy Days.
This in turn led to an ill-fated spin off Joanie Loves Chachi, which was probably watched in this country by about six people. He now regularly pops up in numerous US TV series, including every students' favourite, Diagnosis Murder opposite Dick Van Dyke.
Outside of acting, Baio has gained a reputation for being a bit of a ladies man due to a string of high profile attachments to among others, Brooke Shields, Heather Locklear, Baywatch babes Pamela Anderson, Erika Eleniak and Nicole Eggert, as well as Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan. Oh Bugsy, you hound!
Florrie Dugger - Blousey Brown
Playing Bugsy Malone's put-upon girlfriend, Dugger is memorable for one distinct feature: she was rubbish.
Based in England when the film was cast, she had no acting experience and was originally cast for a minor role, but she became Blousey when the initial actress grew too tall for the part.
Very little is known about her now, but needless to say, this was her only stint into acting.
Apparently the scene in which she had to hug Scott Baio had many retakes because she refused to get close to him and kept him at arms length.
Another legend that is floating around the Internet is that Director Alan Parker had to make her cry on occasion so she could deliver another scene with the required anger.
As of 2000 she was reportedly working in Healthcare Administration for the US Air Force, hopefully in a role that requires little or no acting ability.
Jodie Foster - Tallulah
Ok, admittedly the purpose of this article is to focus on those who have faded into obscurity and Miss Foster certainly failed to do that, but as she was clearly the best thing in Bugsy Malone as the sultry femme fatale nightclub singer Tallulah at Fat Sam's Grand Slam, it would be rude to ignore her!
A truly talented child actress, Foster was fantastic playing unconventional roles in Taxi Driver, Carny and the original Freaky Friday. She went on to become one of the most respected actresses in the movie business, earning a reputation for playing strong and troubled women, not to mention nabbing two Oscars before she was thirty.
She received her first for her part as Sarah Tobias in The Accused in 1988 and the second one for her performance as Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs in 1991, a role she got after Michelle Pfeiffer turned it down.
Now in her mid 40s, her profile has dipped a little due to a lack of recent hits and devoting more time to being a mother to her sons. She does however still find time to make films and will probably be popping up on your locla big screen some time soon...
John Cassisi - Fat Sam
Everyone liked this little tubby kid's turn as Fat Slam, the Italian mobster/owner of a nightclub-cum-speakeasy and head of a bunch of hapless goons with names like Knuckles and Snake Eyes.
After Bugsy Malone he also starred in a short-lived US series Fish in the late 70s, about a grumpy New York cop who adopts five rowdy foster children.
It looks as though Cassisi wasn't bitten by the acting bug as he has since dropped off the radar; he would be 42 now and if by some miraculous chance you're reading this, then we would love to hear from you!
Who knows, maybe you really are running some illegal gambling den of iniquity surrounded by hapless goons? Or not.
Martin Lev - Dandy Dan
As the smooth and sinister rival gangland leader and pioneer of the splurge gun, Lev was really rather good as Sam's nemesis, despite having an unconvincing pencil moustache.
He showed a higher degree of acting talent than a lot of the other kids and this might be because he was quite a bit older; born in 1959 he would have been 17, although he doesn't look any older than any of the others.
A British native, Lev suffered from ME and waved goodbye to acting and became dedicated to raising awareness of his condition, becoming president of 'Action for M.E.' in the UK. Tragically Lev committed suicide in 1992. He was 33.
The rest of 'em
Overall, not a great deal of the cast has gone on to have glittering careers in show business but there are a couple of kiddie actors with bit parts who are also worth a mention.
If you look closely you can see in one scene that a producer is played by a young Mark Curry, who went on to present Blue Peter and whose presenting highlight was accidentally breaking an incredibly delicate Lego sculpture of a man reading the paper by knocking its head off, which was hilarious. He now treads the boards in British regional theatre.
Also making a brief appearance was Bonnie Langford who became an incredibly grating 'variety' performer with ginger curly hair, singing and dancing her way onto our TV sets throughout the 80s before settling down to be a regular panelist on Through The Keyhole. She's now big in musical theatre apparently.
Also visible as a journalist is Andrew Paul, whose name you probably won't recognize but his face will no doubt be familiar as he was PC Quinnan in The Bill for ages, before having a small part recently in EastEnders. He's now in Where The Heart Is so expect to see him doing the rounds on British TV for some time to come!
Last but not least is a gem of a performance by a ten-year-old Dexter Fletcher as Babyface, an absolutely tiny hood who helps Bugsy steal some splurge guns for Fat Sam.
Fletcher is still a respected actor who during the late 80's starred in the cult teen comedy drama Press Gang opposite Julia Sawalha, before starring in a host of films and TV series, including Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Band of Brothers and more recently the edgy Brit thriller Layer Cake and fantasy Stardust opposite Robert deNiro.
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