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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 ... See full summary »

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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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From Underworld To Empire 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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Santa Fe Productions (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is mainly set in 1929 when Alphonse Capone would have been 30 years old. Ben Gazzara was 45 when he made the film. See more »

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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 , probably due to the fact that bootleg copies are sourced from TV prints. See more »

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Kiss Bang
21 February 2010 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

There's some decent names – Ben Gazzara, Harry Guardino, blink-and-you'll miss-him John Cassavetes – in this cheap biopic produced by Roger Corman but you can only assume they were on their uppers when it was made because it's not particularly interesting. Ben Gazzara's depiction of Capone borders on parody at times, and the film's opinion of him is unclear to say the least. It gives little insight into Capone's early years and while it sometimes has characters describing him as an animal it also depicts him as a caring, almost sympathetic, lover of a hard-living (but lusciously soft-bodied) flapper played by Susan Blakely. The plot takes us through Capone's life from the late teens to the mid-forties when, riddled with syphilis, his mind shot, he fishes at a swimming pool and raves about the Bolsheviks to people who aren't there. It probably touches all the bases – without really telling us much – but the truth of the story it relates is perhaps open to question. I was surprised to see a pre-Rocky Sylvester Stallone pop up as Capone's right-hand man who sells his boss out so that he can wear the crown. There's not much here about Stallone that suggests he's going to become a major action star – in fact he's probably miscast – but then everything about this film seems to be a little half-hearted.


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