Dillinger and Capone

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Dillinger and Capone (1995)

Dillinger and Capone is a little-known 1995 film starring Martin Sheen as legendary 1930s bank robber John Dillinger and F. Murray Abraham as infamous Chicago crime kingpin Al Capone. During the film, Dillinger's death is presented as a case of mistaken identity (showing the FBI accidentally shooting his lookalike brother) and is hired by Al Capone, upon his prison release in 1939, to go back to Chicago and rob a hidden vault of millions of dollars. The film is interesting for its combination of several crime theories suggesting that Dillinger's death was actually a case of the FBI shooting a wrong man and suggesting that Capone did have a secret vault of millions buried in Chicago.

The following firearms were used in the film Dillinger and Capone:

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Smith & Wesson Model 10

FBI agents in Chicago on July 22, 1934 are seen shooting Dillinger's brother to death inside the lobby of the Biograph Theater with Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolvers. Six years later, the real John Dillinger (Martin Sheen) checks his old Model 10 buried in his farm on California. He carries a Model 10 throughout the film in a shoulder holster.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver - .38 Special
An FBI agent shoots Dillinger's brother with a Smith & Wesson.
Dillinger checks his S&W on his California farm in March 1940 while living under the name "John Dalton".
Dillinger feels a S&W Model 10 under the diner's table when Eli directs him to look there. After the shootout, he grabs this weapon and escapes with it.
Continuity Error: Ex-FBI agent Perkins's (Michael C. Gwynne) weapon is now a Model 10 rather than an Official Police.
Dillinger with his S&W Model 10 inside the linen closet of the Lexington Hotel in Chicago.

Colt Detective Special (3rd Generation)

One of the FBI agents in Chicago in 1934 shoots Dillinger's brother with an anachronistic third-generation Colt Detective Special. The ex-FBI agent Gilroy (Jeffrey Combs) carries a third-generation Detective Special that often alternates with a first generation model in some scenes. Chicago mob boss Lou Gazzo (Anthony Crivello) hands his Detective Special to Bobo (Clint Howard) before taking it back and shooting him with it. At the end of the film, Dillinger's son Sam Dalton (Michael Oliver) picks up a Detective Special and holds it on Capone, but Dillinger talks him out of firing it.

Colt Detective Special 3rd Gen - .38 Special
Gilroy, dressed as a chef, aims his Detective Special at Eli in the Bakersfield diner.
Perkins and Gilroy fire at Dillinger as he escapes. Note that, in another continuity error, Perkins's Colt Official Police is again a S&W Model 10.
Bobo holds Gazzo's Detective Special.
Gazzo shoots Bobo.
Gilroy and Perkins hold their guns on Dillinger inside the Crown Point church.
Sam reaches down to pick up a Detective Special dropped by a fallen Capone bodyguard.
Sam aims the Detective Special at Capone. The barrel appears to be plugged for the actor's safety.

Colt Official Police

Both ex-FBI agent Perkins (Michael C. Gwynne) and the informant Eli (Time Winters) both carry Colt Official Police revolvers. In a constant continuity error, Perkins's Official Police turns into a S&W Model 10 in any scene requiring him to fire his revolver.

Colt Official Police - 5" Barrel
Eli holds a waitress hostage in the Bakersfield diner with his Official Police.
Perkins aims his Official Police at Eli in the Bakersfield diner.
One of Gazzo's mobsters holds an Official Police on Bobo as Gazzo holds his Colt DS.
Perkins is shot inside the Crown Point church while holding his Official Police.

Colt Detective Special (1st Generation)

In some continuity errors throughout the film, Gilroy's (Jeffrey Combs) third-generation Detective Special becomes a first-generation Colt Detective Special. Cecil (Stephen Davies), who admits he'd never carried a gun before, is seen with a Detective Special as well.

Colt Detective Special 1st Gen - .38 Special
Gilroy holds his Detective Special out the window as Perkins drives in pursuit of Dillinger in California.
Cecil holds his Detective Special inside the gang's getaway car in Chicago.
Gilroy aims his Detective Special in the Crown Point church.

Auto Ordnance 1911A1

While in "retirement" in Florida, mob boss Al Capone (F. Murray Abraham) keeps a nickel-plated Auto Ordnance 1911A1 with pearl grips as his sidearm. In his advanced dementia from syphilis, he is often seen firing it at random objects around his office. In a continuity error, this pistol sometimes alternates with a similar-looking but different model Colt 1911. Towards the end of the film, John Dillinger (Martin Sheen) also uses a nickel-plated Auto Ordnance 1911A1, as well as a nickel-plated Colt 1911A1.

An Auto Ordnance M1911A1 with nickel plated finish and custom pearl grips. This is the screen used gun that was carried and fired by John Travolta in the movie Pulp Fiction
Capone yells at one of his Mexican bodyguards, 1911A1 in hand.
Capone threatens his staff while holding Dillinger.
Capone shoots at objects in his office while on the phone with Cecil.
Capone pursues Abigail through his office, calling her "Kitty".
Dillinger fires a nickel Auto Ordnance 1911 at Capone's bodyguards.
Capone sees that his pistol is empty after firing at least ten shots from it without reloading.
Dillinger holds a nickel Auto Ordnance 1911 on Capone.

M1921A Thompson

John Dillinger (Martin Sheen) takes a M1921A Thompson to Chicago, using it during the heist and subsequent shootout. After the robbery, he gives it to Billy (Sasha Jenson), who quotes White Heat while holding it, even though White Heat came out nine years after the events of this film.

Colt M1921A Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
Dillinger's disassembled Thompson in his suitcase on his Chicago hotel room bed.
Dillinger with his Thompson inside his room at the Lexington Hotel.
Dillinger fires his Thompson one-handed at Gazzo.
Billy holds his Thompson, shouting "Top of the world, ma!" from White Heat.

Colt M1911A1

In some scenes, Al Capone (F. Murray Abraham) uses a nickel Colt M1911A1 with white grips rather than the Auto Ordnance 1911A1 seen in most scenes. At one point, Dillinger's wife Abigail Dalton (Catherine Hicks) gets a hold of this and threatens Capone, but he takes it back from her. During the finale, John Dillinger (Martin Sheen) breaks into Capone's home with a nickel Colt 1911A1, but it soon switches to an Auto Ordnance 1911A1.

Colt MKIV Series 70, Nickel finish - .45 ACP
Capone's Colt 1911A1 between the cushions of his couch.
Abigail holds Capone's pistol on him.
Capone disarms Abigail with one swift arm movement.
Capone empties his 1911A1 into a wall during one of his imaginary conversations.
Dillinger with his 1911A1 while telling his son to distract one of Capone's bodyguards.

M1921AC Thompson

Several of the Thompsons in the film are M1921AC Thompsons, with Cutts compensators. These are seen handled by Lou Gazzo (Anthony Crivello) and his bodyguards, as well as Dillinger's crew members George (Don Stroud) and Billy (Sasha Jenson). Some of Capone's Mexican bodyguards in Florida also carry Thompsons.

Colt M1921AC Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP.
Billy test-fires the Thompson in a barn outside Chicago.
One of Gazzo's men fires his Thompson at Dillinger's crew.
One of Gazzo's men fires his Thompson into the air as he is shot.
George fires his Thompson at Gazzo and his men.
Gazzo takes cover with a Thompson.
Gazzo dual-wields his Thompsons as he faces off against Dillinger.
One of Capone's bodyguards fires a Thompson at Dillinger.


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