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Meet Al Capone

Al Capone’s life in close-up


Between 1920 and 1929, the economy is very good in Chicago.
 The city is booming and so is organized crime. Rival gangs divide the city into territories which they constantly fight over using methods that can hardly be described as peaceful. In 1920, a stranger arrives in Chicago. In his hometown NY, he only manages to make his mark as a small-time gangster among the other small-time criminals. Now, he is ready for something new; his name:
Al Capone. In his own lifetime, he will become the biggest gangster of all time. Together Torio and Capone enters the illegal alcohol trade, a successful and remarkable move for Capone, after arriving in Chicago as a poor immigrant. Prohibition provided Capone with an exciting, lucrative opportunity to become a millionaire. On the one hand, the potential for profit were extremely high and on the other hand, the possibility of being arrested, incarcerated, punished, those possibilities were low. So this situation was an ideal market situation for Capone. He was a poor immigrant who was faced with a lot of adversity when he came to America. I don’t think there were a lot of opportunities by way of education or job opportunities so he became a criminal.

speak•easy noun
BrE / ˈspiːkiːzi  /
NAmE / ˈspiːkiːzi  /
(pl. speak•easies)
a place in the US where people could buy alcohol illegally, at the time in the 1920s and 1930s when it was illegal to make or sell alcohol

THE UNTOUCHABLES, Brian De Palma, 1987

First off, regardless of what year it is, how are you not going to watch a movie starring Kevin Costner, Sean Connery and Robert De Niro? One that was directed by Brian De Palma and written by David Mamet? With music by Ennio Morricone? This movie is a slam dunk before you even see it. And then you see it. The slam dunk turns into a grand slam.


(ˈslam dunk noun
1 (in basketball) the act of jumping up and putting the ball through the net with a lot of force
2 (NAmE, informal) something that is certain to be successful
 Politically, this issue is a slam dunk for the party.    
 The movie is sure to be a slam-dunk hit.)



The Untouchables is based on the true story of how Elliot Ness and his crew of un-bribable Prohibition Agents (one of them played by Sean Connery in an Oscar-winning role) finally took down Al Capone. How historically accurate is it? Probably not very. Did Al Capone really bash in a crony’s head with a baseball bat in the middle of a business meeting? I dunno. But he sure does here! Did a baby carriage really roll down the steps of Chicago’s Union Station during a slow-mo shootout that apes Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin? Sure! I believe it. Did figures like Elliot Ness and Al Capone even exist in real life? I don’t know. Ask my history teacher. She actually saw the film ten times. That lady had a thing for Kevin Costner that would not quit. (Evan Saathoff)

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