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Al Capone (1959)

 -  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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Maureen Flannery
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Mac Keeley, reporter
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Lewis Charles ...
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Bones Corelli
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Joe Lorenzo
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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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Biography | Crime | Drama

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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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Would Have Been Better Had Steiger Not Overacted Again
6 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty interesting film but really not all that memorable and one that you think afterward should have been a lot better. It was like watching an old television show - better, I'm sure, 50 years ago than watching it today.

The story is not boring, but something was missing. Perhaps it just needed more spark....and less ranting and raving from Rod Steiger who played the title character. Steiger wears thin after awhile. He has been a fine actor over the years but he tends overact in a number of his roles, too. His exaggerated anger and loudness in here ruined this film for me.

Fay Spain, Martin Balsam, Nehemiah Persoff, Murvyn Vye, James Gregory and more all added excellent support, though, and I enjoyed watching them. I wish I could say the same for Steiger.


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