Alan Parker is a world renowned film director and writer. In addition to Bugsy Malone (1976), Parker is responsible for such cinematic blockbusters as Fame (1980), Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982), Birdy (1984), Mississippi Burning (1988), The Commitments (1991), and Evita (1996). Parker said of filming Bugsy Malone with a cast of 200 kids, "I said from the beginning we weren't making just a kid's film. I treated them like adults and so expected them to behave like adults. And, all in all, it worked out very well. Perhaps they didn't hit their marks as often as they ought to, but there again we didn't get any grown-up tantrums either!"