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Al Capone (1959)

Approved | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 25 March 1959 (USA)
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A chronicle of the rise and fall of Chicago crime boss Al Capone during the Prohibition era.

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Richard Wilson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Steiger ... Al Capone
Fay Spain ... Maureen Flannery
James Gregory ... Sgt. Schaefler
Martin Balsam ... Mac Keeley
Nehemiah Persoff ... Johnny Torrio
Murvyn Vye ... George 'Bugs' Moran
Robert Gist ... Dion O'Banion
Lewis Charles ... Earl Weiss
Joe De Santis ... Big Jim Colosimo
Sandy Kenyon ... Bones Corelli
Raymond Bailey ... Lawyer Brancato
Al Ruscio ... Tony Genaro
Louis Quinn ... Joe Lorenzo
Ron Soble ... John Scalisi
Steve Gravers ... Albert Anselmi
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Storyline

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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Spawned By A Careless, Thrill-Crazed Generation! See more »

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Al Capone Story See more »

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Budget:

$550,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Sandy Kenyon. See more »

Goofs

Al Capones had two scars on his left cheek according to actual (if rare - Capone disliked being photographed to show them as is correctly pointed out in the film) photos. The depiction in films like "The St Valentines Day Massacre" and "Capone" is closer to the truth. See more »

Quotes

Al Capone: Nobody leaves Al Capone, you understand that?
Maureen Flannery: Well I do!
Al Capone: Oh no, you don't!
Maureen Flannery: Would you do me a favor please? Would you kill me?
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A gangster biography that is interesting more than entertaining.
5 February 1999 | by gitrichSee all my reviews

Al Capone does give us a clear picture of the rise and fall of the colorful gangster. He is played convincingly by Rod Steiger. The supporting cast does a fine job, especially Martin Balsam who plays a Capone associate. The film is, for the most part, realistic, but the violent scenes come close to being non-violent compared to today's standards. If you liked the old TV series The Untouchables, you will like Al Capone.


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