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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. Unusually, briefly covering the years ... See full summary »

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Steve Carver

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Howard Browne
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Cast

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 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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

16 April 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al Capone See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Susan Blakely's nude open crotch shot is reportedly one of the first instances of such a thing for a leading actress in a mainstream Hollywood film. It wouldn't be so graphically repeated until Sharon Stone's notorious scene in Basic Instinct (1992) 17 years later. 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

Big Jim Colosimo: If Prohibition comes in, it ain't gonna last six months. You take beer and booze away from people, they're gonna be sore as hell. One thing the politicians can't afford is to have the voters mad at them.
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Opening credits prologue: BROOKLYN MAY 6, 1918 See more »

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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 »

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References The Fighting Buckaroo (1926) See more »

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CAPONE (Steve Carver, 1975) **
27 April 2007 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Cheaply-made and over-simplified account of the life and times of the most notorious gangland figure of The Roaring Twenties; clearly intended as exploitation - with liberal doses of nudity and foul language to embellish the typical blood-soaked exploits - the Fox film was produced by Roger Corman (who was associated with any number of similar genre efforts, released in the wake of BONNIE AND CLYDE [1967] and which became an even greater commodity after THE GODFATHER [1972]).

As Capone, Ben Gazzara chews more than the scenery - as he obviously has placed something in his mouth to help 'authenticate' his delivery! Similarly, so as to give the impression of realism, the script continuously precedes scenes with the date and year when the event depicted is supposed to have happened; still, this doesn't prevent the film from appearing clichéd most of the time! Curiously, the film ends with Capone on parole going mad in some luxurious mansion - a turn of events which, as far as I know, is completely fabricated.

With the various real-life characters and myriad factions on display, one is prone to lose track of who's killing who and why - but, for all that, the carnage is constant and moderately well-staged (though, at one point, Corman inserts footage from his own film THE ST. VALENTINE'S DAY MASSACRE [1967], also a Fox production!). The cast is made up of veterans like Gazzara, Harry Guardino and a cameo by John Cassavetes, and newcomers such as Sylvester Stallone (a pretty good pre-stardom role as Capone's right-hand man who eventually has his boss ousted!), regular baddie Martin Kove (as a thug from a rival clan) and lovely Susan Blakely as Capone's young but free-spirited moll.

Needless to say, the film doesn't do justice to the character (seen in countless other gangster pics, the most significant impressions perhaps being those given, Method-style, by Rod Steiger in AL CAPONE [1959] and Robert De Niro in THE UNTOUCHABLES [1987]) - but neither is it the disaster Leonard Maltin claims, having slapped a BOMB rating to it! By the way, while the print on Fox's R2 DVD is O.K., the audio is pretty lousy (often displaying a distracting hiss).


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