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The Verne Miller Story (1987)

R | | Drama | 21 June 1988 (USA)
Upon his release from prison, Verne Miller works his way into Al Capone's organization. He becomes a top assassin and earns Capone's trust. Miller's failing health and an oversized ego get ... See full summary »

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Upon his release from prison, Verne Miller works his way into Al Capone's organization. He becomes a top assassin and earns Capone's trust. Miller's failing health and an oversized ego get him into trouble with the law and Capone. His only true friends are two women -- a lover and a nurse. Written by Melissa Portell <mportell@s-cwis.unomaha.edu>

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During the shooting, after Verne Miller kills Vinnie Caruso, one of the FBI guys goes down, while Miller is already escaping through the window and is not firing. See more »

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A rather unique Gangster film
6 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

1987's "The Verne Miller Story" is a rather unique gangster movie. First of all, it deals with a man that very few people are probably familiar with today, that being Verne Miller. Verne Miller was a former, highly decorated soldier from serving in World War I, who became a tough on crime law man in South Dakota. Then one day, after Verne Miller had gone on vacation, it was discovered that he had embezzled several thousand dollars from the county and the "vacation" was nothing more than a cover for a get away. Eventually, he was caught and spent some time in jail. After he got out, he became a full fledge gangster. That much is certainly true. The movie presents Miller as a killer but one that has a heart. For example, there is a part in the movie where Miller takes on a false identity and goes to a fair where he encounters a group of blind children. Verne offers to help the children win prizes by participating in a shooting game and wins a prize for all of the children and goes on his way. Whether or not any of that is true, I cannot say. What I can say is that Scott Glen, who plays Verne Miller, does a great job making you believe that something like that could have happened. The move than follows Miller as he becomes more and more powerful in the underworld by killing for Capone. Along the way, he makes numerous woman friends and lives the high life in a country club. Eventually, he becomes too big for his own good when he leads the Kansas City Massacre, something that the real Verne Miller did. All in all, this is not a bad movie. It has the touches of an artistic movie as far as the colors and cinematography (see the scene that has Miller dressed up as a mannequin for a murder and you'll see what I mean). Great acting by Scott Glen and good shot out scenes. If you love movies like "Bonnie and Clyde", then check this out.


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