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The Revenge of Al Capone (1989)

After Al Capone is imprisoned, he still continues to run his empire, and plots to assassinate the mayor of Chicago.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Carradine ... Michael Rourke
Ray Sharkey ... Scarface
Debrah Farentino ... Jennie
Charles Haid ... Alex Connors
Jayne Atkinson ... Elizabeth
Neil Giuntoli ... Dutch Schultz (as Neil Gray Giuntoli)
Charles Hallahan
James Handy
Scott Paulin ... Eliot Ness
Alan Rosenberg ... Frank Nitti
Jordan Charney ... J. Edgar Hoover
Robert Benedetti Robert Benedetti ... Mayor Anton Cermak
Peter Noel Duhamel Peter Noel Duhamel
Tony Amendola ... Zangara
Christopher Carroll Christopher Carroll ... Judge


Al Capone's been convicted of tax evasion, but the law states that he can only be confined to a regular jail cell. And from there, he still runs his criminal empire. Michael Rourke, a government agent, who is aware of this, seeks to have him transfered to the newly open maximum security prison, Alcatraz, but nobody believes that this is necessary. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Release Date:

26 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Capone in Jail See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Several 50-star US flags are shown in the 1930s, a time when there were 48 states. See more »

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The HBO and DVD version contains extra footage. See more »


Followed by The Return of Eliot Ness (1991) See more »

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Putting big Al on ice
21 December 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Other than Al Capone eventually wound up in that new Federal prison on Alcatraz Island for income tax evasion and Anton J. Cermak the mayor of Chicago was shot in Miami in the vicinity of President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, there's not a lot that's in any way true about The Revenge Of Al Capone. Hope no one is using this to shortcut a history term paper.

They even have J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI bossing Eliot Ness of the Treasury Department and the lead character Keith Carradine who I'm not sure if he was working for the Treasury, the Secret Service or the FBI. This film is that confusing.

The funny thing is that a few days before seeing this film I was discussing whacked out conspiracy theories with a friend and one of them I mentioned was this notion that Lee Harvey Oswald was really out to get John Connally who when he was Secretary Of The Navy signed off on Oswald's dishonorable discharge from the Marine Corps. So naturally he picked a day to it when the Governor of Texas was in the company of the President of the United States and JFK was simply collateral damage.

This film actually does propose that thesis involving Mayor Cermak of Chicago who was one of several people wounded by Giuseppe Zangara when he took a few shots at FDR in Miami. Actually a film blending those stories was made from a two part episode of The Untouchables and that was more realistic than this film.

We also have the killing of Dutch Schultz worked into that and the Dutchman did not die in the way shone and Al Capone had nothing whatsoever to do with that bit of gangland lore.

Ray Sharkey joined a pantheon of players who essayed the character of Al Capone, people like Ben Gazzara, Neville Brand, Rod Steiger, Robert DeNiro, etc. Sharkey did fine with the role, too bad it wasn't in a better film.

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