Capone (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Steve Carver
Produced by Roger Corman
Written by Howard Browne
Music by David Grisman
Cinematography Vilis Lapenieks
Edited by Richard C. Meyer
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • April 6, 1975 (1975-04-06) (United States)
Running time
101 minutes[1]
  • United States
  • Canada
  • English
  • Italian
Budget $970,000[2]
Box office $2 million (US/Canada)[3]

Capone is a 1975 Canadian-American biographical crime film directed by Steve Carver, written by Howard Browne, and starring Ben Gazzara, Harry Guardino, Susan Blakely, John Cassavetes, and Sylvester Stallone in an early film appearance. The film is a biography of the infamous Al Capone.

The film was released on DVD in the United States for the first time on March 29, 2011 through Shout! Factory[4] and has been available in Europe for some time.[5]


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.



Screenwriter Howard Browne had written about Al Capone a number of times previously, including "Seven Against the Wall" for Playhouse 90 in 1958, and the film, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967). The latter was directed by Roger Corman for 20th Century Fox. In the mid 70s Corman announced he would made a film about Capone for his company, New World Pictures.[6] However he ended up making the movie for Fox, who he had a deal with to produce films.[7]

Steve Carver says the film was shot so Corman could use footage from other films he had made. He said Howard Browne was a very factual writer but "not so good with dialogue" so other writers were brought in to work on the script. Carver says Gazzara was hard to work with on set.[8]

Sylvester Stallone later said "I particularly enjoyed working on Capone, because it was like the cheesy, mentally challenged inbred cousin of The Godfather".[9]

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  1. ^ "Capone (X)". British Board of Film Classification. April 16, 1975. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ Solomon p233. Please note figures are rentals not total gross.
  4. ^ "Capone: Ben Gazzara, Sylvester Stallone, John Cassavetes, Susan Blakely, Harry Guardino, Steve Carver: Movies & TV". Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  5. ^ "Capone: Ben Gazzara, Sylvester Stallone, John Cassavetes, Susan Blakely, Harry Guardino, Steve Carver: Movies & TV". 
  6. ^ "CORMAN BRINGS IN 'MAMA' FOR $750,000". Los Angeles Times. 3 June 1974. p. e12. 
  7. ^ Rastar, Columbia Get Rights to Colette Bio Murphy, Mary. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 23 Sep 1974: e11.
  8. ^ Taylor, Tadhg (Oct 14, 2015). Masters of the Shoot-'Em-Up: Conversations with Directors, Actors and Writers of Vintage Action Movies and Television Shows. McFarland. p. 67. 
  9. ^ Ain't It Cool News

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