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Al Capone (1959)

Approved | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 25 March 1959 (USA)
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This factual biography of gang lord Al Capone follows his rise and fall in Chicago gangdom during the Prohibition era.

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Maureen Flannery
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Sgt. Schaefler
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Mac Keeley
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Johnny Torrio
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George 'Bugs' Moran
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Dion O'Banion
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Earl Weiss
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Big Jim Colosimo
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Bones Corelli
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Lawyer Brancato
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Joe Lorenzo
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John Scalisi
Steve Gravers ...
Albert Anselmi
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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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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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A Great Movie!! The best "Al Capone" I've ever seen!!
5 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie is the best presentation of "Al Capone" that I've ever seen. The movie is presented in a "Doccumentary" format which kept me "rivited" to the screen. This cast is an "All Star Cast" to say the least. Rod Steiger did an excellant job playing the character of "Al Capone" and as far as I'm concerned, has set the "standard" for other Actors to follow on how to play that particular character. I've seen the character of "Al Capone" played by Robert Di Nero, Jason Robards, Neville Brand, & Al Pacino, but NOBODY played him like Rod Steiger!!!

Also, when you have supporting cast members like Fay Spain, Martin Balsam & Neamiah Persoff, the production in my opinion can't help but be a hit. The way this Movie was put together gives it the ability to be relevant in just about any era. Even though it was filmed in 1959, it didn't show any signs of being "outdated" or "out of touch" in any way.

Once again, a great movie with some great acting in it. I would highly reccomend this movie to anyone.


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