When Al Capone is convicted of tax evasion, he's sentenced to 11 years and sent to the federal penitentiary in Atlanta. Capone's farewell is something normally reserved for more honest ... See full summary »

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When Al Capone is convicted of tax evasion, he's sentenced to 11 years and sent to the federal penitentiary in Atlanta. Capone's farewell is something normally reserved for more honest citizens leading Eliot Ness to go to Washington and propose the construction of Alcatraz prison. In Atlanta, Capone has a pretty good thing going, including guards who make life pretty easy for him in exchange for cash. When it becomes apparent that he too will be transferred to the new prison, Capone uses a cell mate's knowledge of the railroad route to plan his escape. In Chicago meanwhile, Ness becomes aware that the Capone empire is converting assets into cash and he and his team set out to find out why. Written by garykmcd

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Al Capone has a monologue in which he muses about his life growing up in Italy. The real Al Capone was born and raised in the United States, and evidence is lacking that he so much as visited Italy. See more »

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Even the prologue lets you know this is pure fiction!
29 February 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This and the follow-up episode of "The Big Train" begin with a prologue that says that the show has some fictional elements and no guards involved with caring for Al Capone were actually working for the mob! So, you know from the outset that the show is mostly fictional.

The episode is set just before Alcatraz was opened as a federal prison in 1933. It wasn't surprising that the opening of this prison would lead to Capone being moved from his prison cell in Atlanta to this seemingly escape-proof prison in California...and that actually did occur. But what did NOT occur was the planned escape by Capone from the train...and that makes up most of this show. Part one is all about the conspiracy to fund Capone in his new life in Italy after he is sprung from the prison train. And, it ends with the train leaving the prison in Atlanta.

As far as casting goes, Neville Brand was wonderful because he was an incredibly scary looking actor...but looked very little like Capone. In particular, Brand had a lovely full head of hair and was well-muscled--Capone was bald and a bit paunchy. As far as the fictionalized story goes, it was entertaining and fun but also pure crap. Overall, enjoyable but a historical mess of a show.


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