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Alphonse "Al" Capone is the main antagonist in the 1987 film The Untouchables, played by Robert De Niro and based on the real mobster of the same name.


Al Capone was born on January 17, 1899 in New York City. He moved to Chicago, Illinois before he was 19, and joined an American Mafia gang called the Chicago Outfit, led by Johnny Torrio. Torrio would be a great mentor to Capone, and after an attempt on his life, handed all his operations to Capone in 1925. By then, he knew how to handle the Outfit's business during Prohibition and ruled Chicago's criminal underworld leading up to the St. Valentine's massacre. Shortly after, this gained the attention of Eliot Ness, who vowed to bring down Al Capone and end his operations once and for all.

Role in film

In 1930, during Prohibition, Capone rules the illegal liquor traffic in Chicago with merciless ferocity, by bumping off anyone who tries to oppose him and corrupt police officers.

Bureau of Prohibition agent Eliot Ness, after trying to frame him in a raid (failed due to the tips that Capone receives by the police officers he pays) decides to form a new team of incorruptibles officers: Irish-American veteran officer Jim Malone, Italian-American recruit George Stone and accountant Oscar Wallace, later known as The Untouchables.

During a Mafia meeting, Capone shows all his ferocity by smashing the head of one of his men with a baseball bat.

After several successes against Capone, which also brings to the seizure of a coded book which could incriminate him, Capone orders his right hand Frank Nitti to kill Wallace and then Malone.

Ness eventually succeeds to take Capone to court for tax evasion and have him convicted; Capone is sentenced to 11 years in prison.


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