Gritty biopic of one of the world's most ruthless men, with a strong, exacting performance by Steiger as the power-hungry Capone. This faithful film noir production details the meteoric rise of Capone to leadership of the mob at age 25, making $50 million a year from bootleg hootch.
Steiger becomes a bouncer in 1919 Chicago for De Santis, an opera-loving, old-time crime czar, in order to carry out Persoff's orders to kill De Santis because the old man will not traffic in illegal booze. (Capone actually killed Big Jim Colosimo while disguised as a truck driver delivering pasta
to Colosimo's cafe in 1920.) We witness the gang wars between Steiger and Persoff and the ...