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Capone (1975)

The story of the rise and fall of the infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone and the control he exhibited over the city during the prohibition years.

Director:

Steve Carver

Writer:

Howard Browne
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Gazzara ... Al Capone
Harry Guardino ... Johnny Torrio
Susan Blakely ... Iris Crawford
Sylvester Stallone ... Frank Nitti
John Cassavetes ... Frankie Yale
Frank Campanella ... Big Jim Colosimo
John Orchard ... Dion O'Banion
Carmen Argenziano ... Jack McGurn
George Chandler ... Robert E. Crowe
John Davis Chandler ... Hymie Weiss (as John D. Chandler)
Royal Dano ... Anton J. Cermak
Joe De Nicola Joe De Nicola ... Charles Fischetti
Angelo Grisanti Angelo Grisanti ... Angelo Genna
Peter Maloney ... Jake Guzik
Dick Miller ... Joe Pryor
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The story of the rise and fall of the infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone and the control he exhibited over the city during the prohibition years. Unusually, briefly covering the years after Capone was imprisoned. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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The man who made the twenties roar! Now, after 45 years, his true story can be told! See more »

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Biography | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

Made its first appearance on DVD in the U.S. in 2011. See more »

Goofs

During the car chase, supposedly in the middle of Chicago, towering green mountains can be seen in the near distance at the ends of some streets, clearly indicating it's a studio set in California. See more »

Quotes

Frank Nitti: He was stupid. He was an animal. All he knew were guns, Tony. That's what put him on top and that's how he figured to stay on top. He was so busy pumping bullets in the guy across the street that he forgot something.The same thing Johnny Torrio forgot. That the guy you really gotta watch out for isn't across the street at all. He's the bum standing on the same ladder you are. Right behind you.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: BROOKLYN MAY 6, 1918 See more »

Alternate Versions

Most versions are missing an explicit nude scene by Susan Blakely, probably due to the fact that bootleg copies are sourced from TV prints. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Illustrated Man with John Solie (2011) See more »

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The well timed double cross
3 February 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The role of Al Capone, a large and expansive one is one that many actors just love to do. Joining the ranks of players who've essayed Chicago's legendary crime boss is Ben Gazzara. He ranks favorably with such folks as Rod Steiger, Jason Robards, Jr., Neville Brand and Robert DeNiro.

Roger Corman produced this film simply entitled Capone and we see Al Capone from his early days as a hoodlum in Brooklyn going west as Horace Greeley said to seek fame and fortune and he certainly finds it. The Chicago gang wars of the Roaring Twenties have passed into legend and some of those legends are portrayed here if not quite accurately.

In between all the violence is Susan Blakely who bares her all for art in this film. She's a pleasure driven, hedonistic, flapper from the Roaring Twenties and she's the girl who sparks Capone. Not a mention of the fact that he was a married man and also probably tried out all the women who went to work in Capone bordellos. It's no doubt where he got the syphilis that killed him eventually.

The theme of Capone is that one rises in the gangster ranks by the well timed double cross. It's how Capone rises and how he's dethroned. None of the gangster lore that has come down says what you see in the film is how it happened. In fact I doubt a lot of it. But it makes a nice story.

Gazzara is a mesmerizing Capone and young Sylvester Stallone is Frank Nitti who succeeds him as head of his organization. Blakely is one sexy woman and a lot of tongues will be hanging out.

Roger Corman gives us yet another version of Scarface. No doubt we'll see many more.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

16 April 1975 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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