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Al Capone (1959)

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A chronicle of the rise and fall of Chicago crime boss Al Capone during the Prohibition era.

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Richard Wilson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Steve Gravers ... Albert Anselmi
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al Kapone See more »

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Production Co:

Allied Artists Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

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This is way better than DeNiro's UNTOUCHABLES
23 February 2002 | by DJAkinSee all my reviews

I loved this black and white movie. It stared Rod Steiger who comes across like Mr. Tony Soprano actually. It was told in the tradition of a biography. Capone was so violent yet a great businessman. This movie is borderline FILM NOIR. Mr. Capone, in the movie, starts out as a simple bouncer and them works his way up to the bossman of the Chicago Syndicate. He eventually was convicted on INCOME TAX evasion and sentenced to 11 years at THE ROCK. The movie even takes us into THE ROCK where it shows Capone and how he loses his power. What makes this movie really great is simply ROD's portrayal of Scarface. He plays it very very well. If I had to choose ANY GANGSTER movie from that subject matter, this is it.


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