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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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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:
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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 | West Germany:18 (nf)

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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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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The Rise And Fall Of History's Most Famous Gangster., 21 January 2012
Author: sddavis63 ( from Durham Region, Ontario, Canada

Chicago in the 1920's: rife with political and police corruption and increasingly run by mobsters. The most famous of them undoubtedly was Al Capone. In this bio-pic, Capone is played very effectively by Rod Steiger. Steiger captured both the role and the man. Capone was a guy of humble origins, but was a bit of a contradiction: he had no education but a love for culture; he was a ruthless gangster but for the most part stayed legally "clean." Steiger captured both the ruthlessness and the culture with his portrayal. Based on actual photographs of Capone that I've seen, Steiger even looked the part. He was very impressive.

The movie basically traces Capone's career in crime from the time he arrives in Chicago in 1919 as a bodyguard to a local crime figure and takes it up to his conviction for income tax evasion of all things (it was the only crime they could ever actually pin on him) in 1931, with a very brief look at Capone in Alcatraz, and a voice-over explaining his last years before his death in 1947. Watching his rise was always interesting. A lot of this is fictional. James Gregory's character (the honest Chicago cop who commits himself and his entire career to bringing Capone down, and from whose perspective the story is told) didn't exist, and there's no portrayal of Capone's actual marriage; instead the movie focuses on a relationship he supposedly develops with a woman (Fay Spain) whose husband he had killed in the early part of his criminal career. The character of the newspaperman Keely (Martin Balsam) was based on a real figure, although the name was changed.

By the standards of the modern era of film-making, this is laughably clean. There are a lot of shootouts, but no blood ever appears on those who are shot and killed, and in general these gangsters are awfully polite! There's an extended look on the planning of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre (as Capone used his men to take out many of his rivals in Chicago while he stayed at his home in Florida) although the Massacre itself doesn't take very long and - again - isn't especially graphic.

This represents an interesting and believable (if not quite historically accurate) look at not only Capone but at the state of Chicago in the era and of the role that Prohibition played in promoting the rise of organized crime, and Steiger's performance alone makes this worth watching. (8/10)

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