Capone

Capone

Director: Steve Carver

Cast: Ben Gazzara, Susan Blakely, Harry Guardino

     
 
Ben Gazzara stars in this low-level depiction of legendary gangster Al Capone, who rose to command the mob underworld in 1920's Chicago. Born in Brooklyn, Capone joins his first gang at the age of 11. From there, he graduates to the infamous "Five Points Gang" run by Johnny Torrio (Harry Guardino). After moving to Chicago a few years later and wiping out Torrio's

Overview

Ben Gazzara stars in this low-level depiction of legendary gangster Al Capone, who rose to command the mob underworld in 1920's Chicago. Born in Brooklyn, Capone joins his first gang at the age of 11. From there, he graduates to the infamous "Five Points Gang" run by Johnny Torrio (Harry Guardino). After moving to Chicago a few years later and wiping out Torrio's crimeboss uncle, Capone becomes Torrio's right hand man. Capone becomes head of the area's prostitution and racketeering business, but, as his mind deteriorates from syphillis, so does his empire. There's not much to recommend here, aside from a surprisingly good appearance by Sylvester Stallone as fellow gangster Frank Nitti. Gazzara is frankly awful in the title role and producer Roger Corman uses stock shootout footage from other gangster films, including footage of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre from his own, earlier movie on the subject.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
This entry into the 1970's cycle of gangster films is entertaining -- but often for the wrong reasons. Howard Browne's script piles on characters and incidents but this density of narrative fails to disguise how derivative and familiar its "rise and fall of a mobster" storyline is. It doesn't help that the script will offend many crime buffs because it mangles the chronology of the events it presents and also creates a number of events that never occurred. Director Steve Carver's work is competent but impersonal, lending little flair or inspiration to the material. Ben Gazzara puts on an impressive display of acting pyrotechnics in the lead role but goes so far over the top that his work descends into pure camp spectacle. That said, his theatrics often prop up the weak material here so it's a trade-off. The best performances come from the supporting players: Susan Blakely is alluring as Capone's uninhibited party-girl moll, Dick Miller is amusing as a crooked cop angling for some of Capone's money and a young Sylvester Stallone delivers a nice, understated turn as Capone's right-hand man Frank Nitti. In short, Capone is a humdrum quickie that offers more camp laughs than it does gangster thrills. It is best left to genre completists.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2011
UPC:
0826663124118
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
R
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
26,054

Special Features

Commentary by director Steve Carver; Original theatrical trailers & tv spots

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Gazzara Al Capone
Susan Blakely Iris Crawford
Harry Guardino Johnny Tonio
John Cassavetes Frankie Yale
Sylvester Stallone Frank Nitti
Peter Maloney Jake Guzik
Frank Campanella Big Jim Colosimo
John Davis Chandler Hymie Weiss
John Orchard Dion O'Banion
Mario Gallo Aiello
Russ Marin Stenson
George Chandler Prosecutor
Tony Curtis Actor
Carmen Argenziano Jack McGurn
Royal Dano Mayor Anton Cermak
Angelo Grisanti Angelo Genna
Dick Miller Joe Pryor
Robert Phillips Bugs Moran
Martin Kove Pete Gusenberg
Tony Giorgio Antonio Lombardo
John Martino Tony Amatto
Bert Conway Frank Loesch
Don Pulford William Cooper
Pamela Toll Mrs. Atkins
Don McGovern NY Cop #1
John Finnegan NY Police Lieutenant
Jack Ackerman Adam Heyer
Ralph James Judge J.H. Wilkerson
Carmen Filpi Waiter
James Sweeney Prison Doctor
Jack O'Leary Pool Hall Owner
Benny Marino Frank Gusenberg
Redmond Gleeson NY Cop #2
Vincent Barbi Solly
Charles Beach Dickerson Joe Kepka

Technical Credits
Steve Carver Director
John C. Broderick Associate Producer
Howard Browne Screenwriter
Roger Corman Producer
Gene Corso Special Effects
Roger George Special Effects
Bob Gravenor Sound/Sound Designer
David Grisman Score Composer
Vilis Lapenieks Cinematographer
Eugene Mazzola Asst. Director
Richard Meyer Editor
Ned Parsons Set Decoration/Design
Ward Preston Art Director
Maurice Stein Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Capone
1. New York Big Shots [9:00]
2. Chicago 1919 [7:09]
3. Dirty Work [4:12]
4. Bootlegging [3:27]
5. September 4th, 1923 [5:12]
6. War [6:09]
7. Raid [7:01]
8. Dame Named Crawford [5:46]
9. January 15th, 1925 [5:18]
10. Clyde Avenue [7:10]
11. Big Al [3:40]
12. April 27th, 1926 [3:28]
13. Flapper [6:23]
14. September 20th, 1926 [5:30]
15. February 7th, 1929 [6:55]
16. City Hall [2:38]
17. February 14th, 1926 [1:51]
18. Beginning of the End [2:30]
19. Alcatraz 1938 [1:56]
20. Palm Island 1946 [4:44]
21. End Credits [1:01]

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