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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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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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Spawned By A Careless, Thrill-Crazed Generation! See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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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Decadence is Bad Table Manners
27 May 2012 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

The years have not been kind to this flat 50's style recreation of 20's style gangsterism. The film is overwhelmed by Rod Steiger's performance and underwhelmed by the stiff conventionalism of the era's film making.

The roaring 20's presented in the repressed 50's where decadence is bad table manners and spouting, yelling, and mumbling display an uneducated ignorance. Everything in this movie is tame where it should be wild and soft where it should be coarse.

Historically Hollywood never did quite get it right, to be kind, and not even until very recently has the true ugliness and understanding of the unfairly glamorized criminal been portrayed for the destructive force that it is. Even so, even today, entertainment usually supersedes responsibility, but not because of community standards and motion picture code restraint.


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