Capone

Al Capone

Director: Richard Wilson

Cast: Richard Wilson, Rod Steiger, Fay Spain, James Gregory

     
 
Rod Steiger is the screen's first "method mobster" in the title role of Al Capone. The film traces Big Al's progress from a torpedo in the hire of Chicago gangster Johnny Torrio (Nehemiah Persoff) to Capone's takeover of the Windy City's bootlegging operations, and his ultimate downfall at the hands of the IRS. Rod Steiger delivers every line with maniacal

Overview

Rod Steiger is the screen's first "method mobster" in the title role of Al Capone. The film traces Big Al's progress from a torpedo in the hire of Chicago gangster Johnny Torrio (Nehemiah Persoff) to Capone's takeover of the Windy City's bootlegging operations, and his ultimate downfall at the hands of the IRS. Rod Steiger delivers every line with maniacal gusto, as though it will be his last; sometimes he sounds like Frank Gorshin doing a Rod Steiger impression, but for the most part it is a dynamite performance. Featured in the cast are Murvyn Vye as Bugs Moran, Joe De Santis as Big Jim Colosimo, Lewis Charles as Hymie Weiss, Robert Gist as O'Banion, and James Gregory and Martin Balsam as composite characters, respectively based on honest Chicago cop John Siege and duplicitous newspaper reporter Jake Lingle.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Richard Wilson's Al Capone is mostly worthwhile as a showcase for the talents of Rod Steiger and, to a lesser degree, James Gregory, Nehemiah Persoff and Fay Spain -- all of them give very strong performances in a movie that, otherwise, relies mostly on sheer energy to pull the viewer in. Certainly there's no excessive attention to period detail or historical accuracy -- Al Capone is no more an faithful telling of its subject's life than, say, Max Nosseck's Dillinger (1947) was a proper account of that malefactor's life. But none of that matters once this movie gets going -- the screenplay, co-authored by Malvin Wald (Naked City), wastes no time plunging us into Capone's life of violence and ambition, and with Steiger's manic energy and an equally lively score by David Raksin (which sometimes sneaks its way to the foreground), there's no let-up. Steiger's Capone may be far from reality, though still a ruthless killer, but he is a compellingly charismatic figure.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2009
UPC:
0883316125656
Original Release:
1959
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
30,222

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rod Steiger Al Capone
Fay Spain Maureen
James Gregory Schaefer
Martin Balsam Kelly
Nehemiah Persoff Johnny Torrio
Murvyn Vye Bugs Moran
Joe de Santis Big Jim Colosimo
Lewis Charles Hymie Weiss
Robert Gist O'Banion
Sandy Kenyon Bones Corelli
Raymond Bailey Mr. Brancato
Al Ruscio Tony Genaro
Louis Quinn Joe Lorenzo
Ron Soble Scalist
Steve Gravers Anselmo
Peter Dane Pete Flannery
Raiken Ben Ari Ben Hoffman
Robert Christopher Man
Clegg Hoyt Lefty
Roy Jenson Customer
John Mitchum Photographer
Jack Orrison Police clerk
Sam Scar Louie

Technical Credits
Richard Wilson Director
Leonard J. Ackerman Producer
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
Hilyard M. Brown Art Director
John Burrows Producer
Henry Greenberg Screenwriter
Walter A. Hannemann Editor
David Raksin Score Composer
Malvin Wald Screenwriter

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