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Steiger snarls menacingly through this gangster flick...it's a grittier take on the character than the TV show The Untouchables from the same era
If all of you liked this movie so well, why did it only get 1.5 stars?
Great to see this....so good it surprised me.
- mitch mcguire
In the intro it was mentioned that Rod Steiger wrote this film...really? If so he did a great job. Gripping and Steiger's performance is perhaps his best. One fact that may surprise you is that about 8 years ago I was in Chicago doing genealogical research and wandering in a Catholic cemetary just West of Chicago and while I was looking at a tombstone I stepped back into one with fresh flowers and other decoritive objects freshly placed. It was the tombstone of Al Capone, and I heard later there are fresh flowers placed on his grave every day.
Great Allied Artists Movie
- David Atkins
Rod Steiger is brilliant in this gritty film from a small boutique movie studio Allied Artists. AA was so small its rental lot could not be used for wide screen films, and most of its films were shot at nearby Paramount. In its glory days AA made Love In the Afternoon, Soldier In the Rain, El Cid, 55 Days At Peking, and two great hits Cabaret and Papillion. Stars that worked at AA were the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper, Ava Gardner, Steve McQueen,Liza Minnelli, and Elvis Presley. My favorite AA film is the sublime Friendly Persuasion directed by William Wyler.Al Capone filmed in black and white with a gallery of great character actors is a superb movie.
Talk about making an impression...I remember going to the drive in and seeing this movie at the age of seven.I will never forget the intensity of Steiger's performance. Not his greatest role, but he was awfully convincing.Kudos to the late Fay Spain.
- Bruce Reber
I watched "Al Capone" on TCM last night 9/15/10, the biopic of Chicago's most powerful gangster during the Prohibition Era (1920-1933). It was the first time I had seen it since it played on another movie channel in the late 90's. Rod Steiger gives a powerful performance as the ruthless, undisputed king of the Chicago underworld, and the supporting cast led by James Gregory, Martin Balsam and Nehemiah Persoff is also excellent. I have also seen "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre" (1967), director Roger Corman's take on the Capone story starring Jason Robards as Capone many times(I have the DVD). That film focuses mainly on the planning and execution of the title event, with Capone's gang gunning down members of Bugs Moran's mob in a garage on Clark Street February 14, 1929. It also offers a look at Capone's gang, from Frank Nitti, Jake Guzik, Charles Fischetti et al, and also the members of Moran's gang, something "Al Capone" doesn't do. "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre" is in color, while "Al Capone" is in black and white, giving it an somewhat more authentic atmosphere of 1920's Chicago. While I like both films, I would have to give a slight edge to "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre". Please show it sometime TCM, and also show "Al Capone" again soon.
Al Capone (1959)
Saw the movie last night and loved it. Recommend it highly.