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Al Capone (1959)

Approved | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 25 March 1959 (USA)
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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 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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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:

The Al Capone Story See more »

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Budget:

$550,000 (estimated)
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Nehemiah Persoff, who portrays Capone's boss, Johnny Torrio, had a recurring role on the TV series, The Untouchables (1959) playing, among other roles, Capone's book keeper, Jake Guzik (aka "Greasy Thumb"). See more »

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Edited into The Mystery of Al Capone's Vaults (1986) See more »

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A Great Movie!! The best "Al Capone" I've ever seen!!
5 April 2004 | by ernieswanks_757See 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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