Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Steve Carver|
|Produced by||Roger Corman|
|Written by||Howard Browne|
|Music by||David Grisman|
|Edited by||Richard C. Meyer|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$2 million (US/Canada)|
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, although much of it is supposedly fiction.
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).
- Ben Gazzara - Al Capone
- Harry Guardino - Johnny Torrio
- Susan Blakely - Iris Crawford
- John Cassavetes - Frankie Yale
- Sylvester Stallone - Frank "The Enforcer" Nitti
- Frank Campanella - Big Jim Colosimo
- John Orchard - Dion O'Banion
- Carmen Argenziano - Jack McGurn
- George Chandler - Robert E. Crowe
- John Davis Chandler - Hymie Weiss
- Royal Dano - Anton Cermak
- Peter Maloney - Jake Guzik
- Dick Miller - Joe Pryor
- Robert Phillips - Bugs Moran
- Martin Kove - Peter Gusenberg
- Tony Giorgio as Antonio Lombardo
- Johnny Martino - Tony Amatto
- Tina Scala - Mrs. Torrio
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 (film) (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. However he ended up making the movie for Fox, who he had a deal with to produce films. (Others include Fighting Mad (1976).)
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.
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