Al Capone (1959)

Approved   |    |  Biography, Crime, Drama


Al Capone (1959) Poster

A chronicle of the rise and fall of Chicago crime boss Al Capone during the Prohibition era.


6.8/10
1,290

Videos


Photos

  • Rod Steiger, Paul Bryar, and Al Ruscio in Al Capone (1959)
  • Al Capone (1959)
  • Martin Balsam, Rod Steiger, Nehemiah Persoff, Fay Spain, and Murvyn Vye in Al Capone (1959)
  • Rod Steiger in Al Capone (1959)
  • Rod Steiger in Al Capone (1959)
  • Rod Steiger in Al Capone (1959)

See all photos

More of What You Love

Find what you're looking for even quicker with the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


15 September 2010 | bkoganbing
5
| The Rise And Fall Of Scarface
Although Rod Steiger gives an electrifying performance as Al Capone in the film of the same name, it could have been done a whole lot better.

Influenced by the success of The Untouchables on television the classical gangster film underwent a short revival for about five years in the late Fifties and early Sixties. It was inevitable that a film about the most notorious gangster name of all would get a biographical film.

The film concentrated on Capone's public life and the stories of gangland lore that have circulated about him. Very little is shown of his personal life, he had a wife and child and many a mistress not just the character Fay Spain portrays. Rod Steiger has been accused of overacting in his characterization, but in fairness I don't think the writers and director gave him much to work with.

With one exception no characters had name changes. The one being Martin Balsam's character who was based on reporter Jake Lingle whose connections with the underworld got him many a good story, but also compromised his integrity. Capone is shown being responsible for Balsam's death, but in real life there are many theories about Lingle's demise.

One character is grafted in from New York. There was no such a character as James Gregory's honest inspector, mainly because there were damn few honest cops in Chicago in the Twenties. His character is based on Lewis J. Valentine who did run a confidential squad in New York City and faced a lot of political pressure from Tammany Hall. Under Fiorello LaGuardia, Valentine became the city's police commissioner, probably the best one we ever had.

Still if you were a big fan of The Untouchables, you should definitely like this Al Capone movie.

Critic Reviews


More Like This

Capone

Capone

The Scarface Mob

The Scarface Mob

Lucky Luciano

Lucky Luciano

I Mobster

I Mobster

Plunder Road

Plunder Road

The Pawnbroker

The Pawnbroker

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre

All Fall Down

All Fall Down

No Love for Johnnie

No Love for Johnnie

A Place to Go

A Place to Go

Capone's Boys

Capone's Boys

Storm Fear

Storm Fear

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Biography | Crime | Drama

What's Cary Elwes' Most Shocking On-Set Moment?

The newest "Stranger Things" star thinks back on his unforgettable career, including the surprising moment from The Princess Bride that he'll always remember.

Watch now

Featured on IMDb

Check out IMDb's San Diego Comic-Con coverage, featuring Kevin Smith as captain of the IMDboat, July 18 to 20, 2019, visit our guide to Star Wars, family entertainment, and more.

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com