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  • Actors: Ben Gazzara, Susan Blakely, Harry Guardino, John Cassavetes, Sylvester Stallone
  • Directors: Steve Carver
  • Producers: Roger Corman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Mar. 2006
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CRSFAS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,939 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Roger Corman produces this violent version of the life of America's most notorious gangster, Al Capone (Ben Gazzara), which features footage from Corman's own 1967 movie 'The St. Valentine's Day Massacre'. Capone's rise from humble beginnings to become Chicago's mobster king prefaces his downfall on tax charges, in a campaign apparently orchestrated against him by his own aide (Sylvester Stallone).

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Coach Potato on 29 Mar. 2007
Format: DVD
This 1975 version of the Capone story is fast, and authentic. It has some shocking action, which is depicted very realisticly. It is more blood thirsty than the Rod Steiger version, but it is more believble. My one complaint is the sound quality. I had to put the volume up and at one point subtitles, this is more to do with the way Ben Gazzara delivers his lines. He has a cigar permanently in the side of his mouth and cotton woll in his jowls, well... it worked for Brando! Oh and watch out for a young Sly Stallone as Frank Nitti!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Dec. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
When I got this video, I was expecting it to be trash like all the others. Wrong. This film is wonderous. Susan Blakely-a great performance as the feisty Iris Crawford, Harry Guardino's wonderous performance as Johnny Torrio, Sylvester Stallone-best known for his Rocky films-does a great back-stabbing, trechorus Frank Nitti, and Ben Gazzara-My God! He was ultimatly the best screen Capone ever.I love this film. I would reccomend this to anyone who saw-and liked-The Untouchables with Robert De Niro.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Oct. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The film is wonderful. A biography-cum-action film with some great stunts. Sylvester Stallone,despite this being one of his first starring roles, was utterly fantastic as Frank Nitti. The (then) 25 year old Susan Blakely was a wonderful love interest for Gazzara. Harry Guardino's Johnny Torrio was faultless, and Ben Gazzara was the best screen Al Capone ever (after Robert De Niro).Absoulutly wonderful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carlo on 5 Mar. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I HAVE SEEN THIS MOVIE OVER 5 TIMES AND BELIEVE THAT BEN GAZZARRA PUTS IN AN EXTRAORDINARY EFFORT AS AL CAPONE. HIS ABILITY TO BRING CAPONE TO THE SCREEN WITH SUCH INTENSITY IS INCREDIBLE. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS ONE THOSE MANY MASTERPIECES WHICH SO OFTEN IS OVERLOOKED BY THE GENERAL PUBLIC. IT IS HARDLY AVAILABLE ON VIDEOTAPE AND, THUS, IT IS DESTINED TO BE A CULT FILM IN THE ANNALS OF MAFIA MOTION PICTURES.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L.S. Prenton on 2 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Contrary to those who love this film, I'm not a fan.

The film starts out with a "young" Capone making an impression on some crime bosses and then charts his rise to infamy and subsequent demise. The only sign that Capone is younger in the earlier scenes is a slightly different hairstyle, without any obvious grey showing. This is offset by the fact that Ben Gazzara (playing the eponymous lead) sounds like a heavy cigar smoker in his middle years, making the opening few scenes distracting, to say the least.

The acting never really peaks beyond average. Gazzara is largely very wooden (aside from scenes where he swears, which seemed the motivation for him to spring into life and act with a little conviction), Harry Guardino as Johnny Torrio is a throwback from the golden age of cinema and Stallone is clearly still quite green.

Historical accuracy with such movies is generally pretty difficult to judge, given the various legends of crime bosses and their personal lives, but what is known is covered quite well.

If you've not seen many gangster movies, nor seen much film noir then this movie probably isn't too bad, so long as you can ignore the inconsistent acting and effects of the obviously limited budget. If you watch a lot of gangster/film noir/prohibition movies, then it's one to watch on television rather than to purchase.

I'd assume that most would have Godfather (1 and 2) as five star films, with Goodfellas, Reservoir Dogs, Millers Crossing, Once Upon A Time In America, Scarface (both versions) and City Of God as four star movies (at least) and other film noir and movies set in the prohibition/depression era, such as The Untouchables, Road To Perdition, LA Confidential and Bonnie & Clyde being comfortable three star films (if not four or more), then I really struggle to see how people get this to be four stars, let alone five! This definitely is NOT anywhere near the level of the first two Godfather features.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Mar. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Great, great movie. This was actually the first mob movie I saw, and it was class. Sly Stallone-a posionous, back-stabbing tratorous snake as Frank Nitti, Susan Blakely as a firey Iris Crawford, a world away from the normal female roles in mob movies, Harry Guardino-that act rivaled the quality of Sean Connery, and Ben Gazzara. The only word for his act is OHMYGOD. That was absolute slick! They call Robert the Niro's act as Al Capone good, and they haven't seen Gazzara's? ("Sure, I pack a rod all the time. Here, let me show you.") The pace can be a bit tedious at times, and they only seemed to have one bit of music that was continually playes, but apart from that, it was slick.
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By Paul Brooks on 11 May 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I enjoy Gangster/mafia films and while I'm spending a small fortune replacing my VHS tape collection I still buy DVDs that are new to either collection
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By richard preston on 2 Mar. 2013
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its a good film and entertaining and i would recommend it to all who like gangster films and lots of action
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