Billy Bathgate

Billy Bathgate

Robert Benton (1991)

15 Certificate


Our Score
An only partially successful exercise in re-creating the world of the gangland vendetta from director Robert Benton, in which visual flair jostles uneasily for supremacy with a complicated narrative. Dustin Hoffman gives one of his more over-the-top performances as infamous mobster Dutch Schultz, pulling all his tics, shrugs and grimacing rabbits out of the bag, but Nicole Kidman provides nicely weighted support as a society moll. The credentials of this mahogany-toned movie are pretty impressive - original novel by EL Doctorow, script by Tom Stoppard - and there is an obvious intelligence that shines through the mindless violence. But where the book meanders, the movie all too often mystifies and confuses.


A teenager escapes the poverty of Depression-era New York by joining the gang of notorious bootlegger and lottery racketeer Dutch Schultz. But he ends up embarking on a risky affair with the gangster's mistress. Crime drama based on EL Doctorow's novel, featuring some strong performances from the cast, which includes Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman, Bruce Willis, Loren Dean and Steve Buscemi.

Cast & Crew

Dutch Schultz Dustin Hoffman
Drew Preston Nicole Kidman
Billy Bathgate Loren Dean
Bo Weinberg Bruce Willis
Otto Berman Steven Hill
Irving Steve Buscemi
Mickey Billy Jaye
Lulu John Costelloe
Dixie Davis Tim Jerome
Lucky Luciano Stanley Tucci
Director Robert Benton
see more

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Edited for some of its language and violence, and contains sex scenes and nudity. Available on: video and DVD