Capone (film)

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Theatrical release poster by John Solie
Directed by Steve Carver
Produced by Roger Corman
Written by Howard Browne
Starring Ben Gazzara
Harry Guardino
Susan Blakely
John Cassavetes
Sylvester Stallone
Frank Campanella
Music by David Grisman
Cinematography Vilis Lapenieks
Edited by Richard C. Meyer
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • April 6, 1975 (1975-04-06) (U.S.)
Running time
101 Minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $970,000[1]
Box office $2 million (US/ Canada)[2]

Capone (1975) is an American crime film directed by Steve Carver and stars Ben Gazzara, Harry Guardino, Susan Blakely, John Cassavetes and Sylvester Stallone in an early film appearance. The movie is a biography of the infamous Al Capone, although much of it is supposedly fiction.

The film was released on DVD in the U.S. for the first time on March 29, 2011 through Shout! Factory[3] and has been available in Europe for some time.[4]


The story is of the rise and fall of the Chicago gangster Al Capone and the control he exhibited over the city during the prohibition years.

Starting in 1918, Capone hangs out with other gangs until he is found by racketeers Johnny Torrio (Harry Guardino) and Frankie Yale (John Cassavetes). Then he pushes his way into the Chicago underworld, battling mobsters Hymie Weiss and George "Bugs" Moran, while romancing flapper Iris Crawford (Susan Blakely) and becoming kingpin of Chicago crime with the help his ambitious bodyguard Frank "The Enforcer" Nitti (played by Sylvester Stallone).

Later, in the wake of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Capone is sent to prison, not for murder or other violent crime but for tax evasion. He contracts syphilis in prison and dies in 1947.



Stallone later said "I particularly enjoyed working on Capone, because it was like the cheesy, mentally challenged inbred cousin of The Godfather".[5]

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  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p258
  2. ^ Solomon p233. Please note figures are rentals not total gross.
  3. ^ "Capone: Ben Gazzara, Sylvester Stallone, John Cassavetes, Susan Blakely, Harry Guardino, Steve Carver: Movies & TV". Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  4. ^ "Capone: Ben Gazzara, Sylvester Stallone, John Cassavetes, Susan Blakely, Harry Guardino, Steve Carver: Movies & TV". 
  5. ^ [1]

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