DVD Billy Bathgate [DVD] [Widescreen] [1992] [English] [Region 1] (DVD 8892),
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Billy Bathgate [DVD] [Widescreen] [1992] [English] [Region 1]

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  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • E.L. Doctorow's acclaimed novel forms the basis of BILLY BATHGATE, which stars Loren Dean as the title character. In the New York of 1935, the naive Bronx-born teenager wangles his way into the gang of his hero, crime boss Dutch Schultz (Dustin Hoffman), as a gofer. Although the boy doesn't know it, Schultz is approaching the end of his storied career and the Feds are closing in, hoping to put him behind bars for income-tax evasion. The youth quickly learns about the endless violence, treachery, and double-crossing that characterize mob life, such as Schultz's cold-blooded execution of his former enforcer, Bo Weinberg (Bruce Willis). After Billy tips Dutch off about some traitorous activity in his organization, he moves up a couple of rungs and is soon entrusted with guarding the gangster's girlfriend, Drew Preston (Nicole Kidman). This proves to be something of a problem, since the beauty has a mind of her own and doesn't take anything from anybody, including Dutch. Worse still, Billy finds himself falling in love with her. Dean's pivotal performance strikes just the right balance between street-smart toughness and wide-eyed wonder, and the protean Hoffman adds his explosive portrait of the ruthless, beleaguered Schultz to his long list of unforgettable roles. Steven Hill also shines as Schultz's kindly, razor-sharp business adviser. The film features handsome, period-specific sets by Patrizia von Brandenstein and characteristically brilliant photography by legendary cinematographer Nestor Almendros (DAYS OF HEAVEN), in his last film.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 27112

  • Credits
    Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman, Bruce Willis, Danny Zorn, Loren Dean, Steven Hill, Rachel York
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Lavishly mounted and provocative entertainment....[Hoffman] is a roaring, hypnotic wonder..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Big, generous movie entertainment....[Hoffman] dominates the movie..."
    New York Times

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