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Billy Bathgate (film)

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Director  Robert Benton
Initial DVD release  October 8, 2002
Language  English
5.9/10 IMDb

Genre  Action, Crime, Drama
Budget  48 million USD
Country  United States
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Release date  November 1, 1991
Based on  Billy Bathgate  by E.L. Doctorow
Writer  E.L. Doctorow (book), Tom Stoppard (screenplay)
Cast  Dustin Hoffman (Dutch Schultz), Nicole Kidman (Drew Preston), Loren Dean (Billy Bathgate), Bruce Willis (Bo Weinberg), Steve Buscemi (Irving), Stanley Tucci (Lucky Luciano)
Similar movies  The Bourne Ultimatum, The Game, Top Gun, The Sting, Basic Instinct, Vampire Academy
Tagline  In 1935, a New York kid was looking for a hero. He found Dutch Schultz.

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Billy Bathgate is a 1991 American gangster film directed by Robert Benton, starring Loren Dean as the title character and Dustin Hoffman as real-life gangster Dutch Schultz. The film co-stars Nicole Kidman, Steven Hill, Steve Buscemi, and Bruce Willis. Although Billy is a fictional character, at least four of the other characters in the film were real people from New York of the 1930s. The screenplay was adapted by British writer Tom Stoppard from E.L. Doctorow's novel of the same name. However, Doctorow distanced himself from the film for the extensive deviations from the book.


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Plot summary

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Billy Behan is a poor teenage boy from the Bronx. One day he catches the attention of gangster Dutch Schultz. Changing his last name to Bathgate, after a local street, he goes to work for Schultz's organization, serving mostly as a gopher for Schultz. Billy is present when Schultz murders his former partner Bo Weinberg, who Schultz believes betrayed him. Schultz then begins a relationship with Weinberg's beautiful, married, girlfriend, Drew Preston.

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Facing legal charges in a court in upstate New York, Schultz brings Billy and Drew along. He successfully charms the locals, presenting himself as charming and good natured. While his boss Dutch stands trial, Billy's job is to watch over Drew. His loyalties to Schultz are tested as he begins falling in love with the flirtatious Drew. Realizing that Drew is about to be killed, Billy calls her husband, who hurries to town and takes her home before Schultz's men can make their move.

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Having beaten the rap in court, Dutch is indicted again on federal tax evasion charges. He wants to have federal prosecutor Thomas Dewey murdered, but his request is rejected by the Mafia Commission. Schultz sends Billy to another gangster with some bribe money, but the effort is rejected. When Billy returns with the bad news, he and Schultz have a falling out and Billy is fired by Schultz's associate Otto, who lets him keep the bribe money as a severance package. As Billy leaves, he is abducted and beaten by gangsters working for Lucky Luciano. The men storm Dutch's hideout and kill everyone inside. Billy is taken before Luciano, who warns him that he knows where Billy's family lives, before letting him go.


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  • Dustin Hoffman as Arthur "Dutch Schultz" Flegenheimer
  • Nicole Kidman as Drew Preston
  • Loren Dean as Billy Bathgate
  • Bruce Willis as Bo Weinberg
  • Steven Hill as Otto Berman
  • Stanley Tucci as Lucky Luciano
  • Mike Starr as Big Julie Martin
  • Steve Buscemi as Irving
  • Frances Conroy as Mary Behan
  • Moira Kelly as Becky
  • Jack Mulcahy as Fire Inspector (uncredited)
  • Production

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    The film was shot in Hamlet, North Carolina and Saratoga Springs, New York.


    The movie received mixed reviews. It has a "Rotten" rating of 47% on Rotten Tomatoes.

    Box office

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    The movie debuted at No. 4 and underperformed against its $48 million budget.

    Awards and nominations

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    The film received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture (Nicole Kidman).

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