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Al Capone -- This factual biography of gang lord Al Capone follows his rise and fall in Chicago gangdom during the Prohibition era.


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Malvin Wald (written by) and
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25 March 1959 (USA) See more »
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This factual biography of gang lord Al Capone follows his rise and fall in Chicago gangdom during the Prohibition era. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Rod Steiger ... Al Capone

Fay Spain ... Maureen Flannery

James Gregory ... Sgt. Schaefler

Martin Balsam ... Mac Keeley

Nehemiah Persoff ... Johnny Torrio

Murvyn Vye ... George 'Bugs' Moran
Robert Gist ... Dion O'Banion

Lewis Charles ... Earl Weiss

Joe De Santis ... Big Jim Colosimo

Sandy Kenyon ... Bones Corelli

Raymond Bailey ... Lawyer Brancato

Al Ruscio ... Tony Genaro

Louis Quinn ... Joe Lorenzo

Ron Soble ... John Scalisi
Steve Gravers ... Albert Anselmi
Raikin Ben-Ari ... Ben Hoffman (as Ben Ari)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Fred Aldrich ... Funeral Spectator (uncredited)
Cindy Ames ... Nurse (uncredited)
James Bacon ... Reporter (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Convict in Yard at Alcatraz (uncredited)
George Bruggeman ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Paul Bryar ... Police Inspector (uncredited)
Charles D. Campbell ... Ad Lib Man (uncredited)
Cappy Carey ... Mrs. Schaefer (uncredited)
James J. Casino ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
Albert Cavens ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Larry Chance ... Vincent (uncredited)
Dick Cherney ... Moran Associate (uncredited)
Robert Christopher ... Man (uncredited)
John Close ... Plainclothesman (uncredited)

Gene Coogan ... Moran Hood Killed at Clark Street Garage (uncredited)
Mason Curry ... Tailor (uncredited)
Russell Custer ... Funeral Spectator (uncredited)
Peter Dane ... Pete Flannery (uncredited)
Bru Danger ... Hood (uncredited)

George DeNormand ... Capone Associate (uncredited)

James Dime ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
Rudy Doucette ... Hood (uncredited)
Craig Duncan ... Detective (uncredited)
Donald Foster ... Stevens (uncredited)
Ralph Gamble ... Salesman (uncredited)
Bobby Gilbert ... Herman, the Waiter (uncredited)
Marilyn Gladstone ... Mrs. Torrio (uncredited)
Benny Goldberg ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Mickey Golden ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Capone Hood at Polling Place (uncredited)

Herman Hack ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Jack Harris ... Gang Leader (uncredited)

Elizabeth Harrower ... Proprietress (uncredited)
Ed Haskett ... Capone Associate (uncredited)
Jim Healy ... Announcer at Race Track (uncredited)
Jack Henderson ... Pallbearer at Colosimo's Funeral (uncredited)

Stuart Holmes ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Policeman (uncredited)
Clegg Hoyt ... Lefty (uncredited)

Mauritz Hugo ... Hood (uncredited)

Allen Jaffe ... Bodyguard (uncredited)
William Janssen ... Plainclothesman (uncredited)

Roy Jenson ... Customer (uncredited)
Erskine Johnson ... Reporter (uncredited)

Mitchell Kowall ... Hood (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Sydney Lassick ... Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)
John Lomma ... Hood (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Pallbearer at Colosimo's Funeral (uncredited)

John Mitchum ... Photographer (uncredited)
Ernesto Molinari ... Tall Man (uncredited)
Mike Morelli ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Forbes Murray ... Pallbearer at Colosimo's Funeral (uncredited)
Norman Nazarr ... Hood (uncredited)
Richard Norris ... Desk Sergeant (uncredited)

Monty O'Grady ... Pallbearer at Colosimo's Funeral (uncredited)
Jack Orrison ... Police Clerk (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Diner Patron (uncredited)
Ervin Richardson ... Police Officer (uncredited)
George Riley ... Detective (uncredited)

Dan Riss ... Voice of Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Edwin Rochelle ... Poker Player (uncredited)

John Roy ... Moran Hood Killed at Clark Street Garage (uncredited)

Frosty Royce ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Barry Russo ... Police Desk Sgt. Pulaski (uncredited)
Joseph Sargent ... Bob Buell (uncredited)

Jeffrey Sayre ... Cop (uncredited)
Sam Scar ... Louie (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher ... Gambler (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Detective (uncredited)

Charles Sherlock ... Reporter (uncredited)
Fred Sherman ... Storekeeper (uncredited)
Al Silvani ... Waiter (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Convict (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
Frank Stanlow ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Moran Hood Killed at Clark Street Garage (uncredited)
Sally Todd ... Beautiful Girl (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Horse Parlor Proprietor (uncredited)

Lee Weaver ... Reporter (uncredited)
Russ Whiteman ... Judge (uncredited)
Morgan Windbeil ... Motorcyclist (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Wilson 
Writing credits
Malvin Wald (written by) and
Henry F. Greenberg (written by)

Produced by
Leonard Ackerman .... producer
John H. Burrows .... producer (as John Burrows)
Original Music by
David Raksin 
Cinematography by
Lucien Ballard (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Walter Hannemann 
Production Design by
Hilyard M. Brown  (as Hilyard Brown)
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish  (as Joe Kish)
Makeup Department
Dave Grayson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Lonnie D'Orsa .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... assistant director
Phil Rawlins .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Max Frankel .... property master
George Troast .... construction supervisor
Ted Mossman .... assistant props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Tom Lambert .... sound mixer
Charles G. Schelling .... sound editor (as Charles Schelling)
Joseph Keener .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Dave Koehler .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Lloyd Garnell .... gaffer
F. Bud Mautino .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Russell Hanlin .... wardrobe master
Sabine Manela .... wardrobe mistress
Forrest T. Butler .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Neil Brunnenkant .... montage editor
Music Department
Harry Eisen .... music editor
Tommy Johnson .... musician: tuba (uncredited)
David Raksin .... conductor (uncredited)
David Raksin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Joseph Sargent .... dialogue supervisor (as Joe Sargent)
Stanley Scheuer .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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104 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Finland:K-16 (1968) (uncut) | Finland:K-16 (1961) (heavily cut) | Finland:(Banned) (1960) (uncut) | Italy:VM16 | Norway:16 (1960) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:15 (video) | USA:Approved (PCA #19216) | West Germany:18 (nf)

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
An indispensable classic film of this genre., 19 December 2012
Author: psagray from Spain

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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