YMMV / Bugsy Malone

  • Americans Hate Tingle: Was a huge success in the UK, not so in America (presumably because movie musicals were out of fashion there). It remains relatively obscure in the United States and is not available on DVD and Blu-Ray there, but those wishing not to purchase an American VHS copy can import the British Blu-Ray since it's region-free.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Fat Sam being a professional criminal is made a little weird by his actor John Cassisi being sentenced to 2-6 years for money-laundering and bribery.
  • Special Effect Failure: A literal kind. Specifically, the splurge guns, which were supposed to actually shoot wax balls filled with cream (similar to what we see being loaded in one shot). When they proved problematic, it was decided that they would be shown shooting ping-pong balls, with the cream only shown in shots that don't actually feature the guns. This is most evident in the opening scene.