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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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It was the age of speakeasies and jazz... when everybody sinned, ginned and broke the laws... while a vicious crime lord almost took over the nation! See more »

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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25 March 1959 (USA)  »

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Like several other films in which Al Capone is depicted, this film makes no reference at all to Capone's wife or children. See more »

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Referenced in It's Not Me, It's Him (1980) See more »

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This is way better than DeNiro's UNTOUCHABLES
23 February 2002 | by See 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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