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Al Capone (1959)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  25 March 1959 (USA)
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This factual biography of gang lord Al Capone follows his rise and fall in Chicago gangdom during the Prohibition era.

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In this unusually accurate biography, small-time hood Al Capone comes to Chicago at the dawn of Prohibition to be the bodyguard of racketeer Johnny Torrio. Capone's rise in Chicago gangdom is followed through murder, extortion, and political fraud. He becomes head of Chicago's biggest "business," but moves inexorably toward his downfall and ignominious end. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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25 March 1959 (USA)  »

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The real Al Capone died of advanced syphilis which had become neurosyphilis. Due to the production code in effect at the time, the narrator (James Gregory) attributes Capone's death to an "incurable disease". See more »

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An indispensable classic film of this genre.
19 December 2012 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

A review of the most important events in the life of the most famous gangster of all time by director Richard Wilson. The film is not well known but very attractive because it is the famous Alphonse Capone, and that perfectly reflects what was and this character has meaning in criminal history in the United States.

Rod Steiger makes a masterful performance, unforgettable performance full of strength, character and true reflection of what was probably the gangster in reality. I sure James Gandolfini saw this film when he came to the role of "Tony Soprano". Richard Wilson also directs perfectly and makes a journey through the rise and fall of a character I created a new class of organized crime which is still in force today.

A magnificent performance, the film was completed with a good photograph, inside strongly moralistic message against this way of life, for good action scenes and historical events remembered by all (the killing of S. Valentine, conviction tax evasion, escape to Florida, birth of the great gangster thanks to prohibition ...) this movie is a must for fans of the genre. If you enjoy with "Little Caesar" 1931, "The Roaring Twentieso" 1939, or more recently with "Once Upon a Time in America" 1984, "Goodfellas" 1990, it is essential to see the true picture of what was undoubtedly "The Big Boss "Alphonse Capone.

It was filmed in black and white aptly, with an almost documentary style, and critics hailed the powerful performance of Steiger, the extraordinary photography of Ballard and objective direction of Wilson.


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