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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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Maureen Flannery
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Sgt. Schaefler
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Mac Keeley
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Johnny Torrio
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George 'Bugs' Moran
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Dion O'Banion
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Earl Weiss
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Big Jim Colosimo
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Bones Corelli
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Lawyer Brancato
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Joe Lorenzo
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John Scalisi
Steve Gravers ...
Albert Anselmi
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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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Nehemiah Persoff, who portrays Capone's boss, Johnny Torrio, had a recurring role on the TV series, The Untouchables (1959) playing, among other roles, Capone's book keeper, Jake Guzik (aka "Greasy Thumb"). See more »

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Referenced in The Phil Silvers Show: The Bilko Boycott (1959) See more »

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A gangster biography that is interesting more than entertaining.
5 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

Al Capone does give us a clear picture of the rise and fall of the colorful gangster. He is played convincingly by Rod Steiger. The supporting cast does a fine job, especially Martin Balsam who plays a Capone associate. The film is, for the most part, realistic, but the violent scenes come close to being non-violent compared to today's standards. If you liked the old TV series The Untouchables, you will like Al Capone.


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