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The Revenge of Al Capone

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The Revenge of Al Capone (1989)

The Revenge of Al Capone (released on DVD as Capone) is a 1989 made-for-TV movie, offering a mostly fictional retelling of the final arrest of Al Capone. Much of the film was inspired by the recently popular The Untouchables, centering around an intrepid Justice Department agent determined to take down Capone and his Chicago empire in the early 1930s. Like Kevin Costner's Elliot Ness in The Untouchables, the agent is forced to protect his family when Capone makes the fight personal, and the film's climax involves a running gun battle and a rooftop chase. Interestingly, The Revenge of Al Capone includes Ness not only as a character but as a secondary antagonist who gets in the way of honest FBI agent Michael Rourke's (Keith Carradine) crusade against Al Capone (Ray Sharkey). At one point, Rourke even bemoans: "Take orders from Ness? You know I can't work for that prima donna!"

One of many historical errors present in the film is constantly referring to J. Edgar Hoover's federal agency as the FBI or Federal Bureau of Investigation; most of the action is set in 1932 and 1933, a few years before the FBI received its name.

The following weapons were used in the film The Revenge of Al Capone:


Submachine Guns

Thompson M1921

The familiar Thompson M1921 submachine gun is seen in the hands of both mobsters and federal agents throughout the film. Frank Nitti (Alan Rosenberg) fires a Thompson during the Dutch Schultz hit. When Rourke goes to visit Capone's Miami estate in 1947, the guard at the gate is also carrying a Thompson.

Colt M1921AC Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
Nitti enters the police station with his Thompson ready.
Nitti and another of Capone's hitmen search for Dutch Schultz.


Colt Detective Special

The Colt Detective Special appears to be the sidearm of choice for most mobsters and FBI agents, including Michael Rourke (Keith Carradine) and Alex Connors (Charles Haid). Rourke's wife Elizabeth (Jayne Atkinson) grabs his Detective Special from his holster when their home is invaded by Capone's hitmen. Harry Lang (Troy Evans) uses one to shoot Nitti before asking a Chicago police officer to place a second Detective Special in Nitti's hand.

Colt Detective Special 1st Gen with Round Butt - .38 Special
Michael Rourke (Keith Carradine) takes a Detective Special from Phil, one of Capone's Miami henchmen.
Harry Lang (Troy Evans) with his two Detective Specials
Rourke draws his Detective Special while searching for Coletti in Miami.
Rourke and Connors (Charles Haid) with their Detective Specials drawn.

Smith & Wesson Model 10

Dutch Schultz (Neil Giuntoli) uses his nickel Smith & Wesson Model 10 to defend himself against Nitti's hitmen in a police station. Coletti (Michael Medeiros) hands a blued S&W Model 10 to deranged anarchist Giuseppe Zangara (Tony Amendola) for Zangara to use during his assassination of Mayor Anton Cermak. In real life, Zangara had been armed with an Iver Johnson .32-caliber revolver. The blued 4"-barreled revolver that Ness (Scott Paulan) loads and arms himself with before a raid also appears to be a Smith & Wesson.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver - .38 Special
Dutch Schultz (Neil Giuntoli) fires his Smith & Wesson at the hitmen approaching him.
Dutch waits, his Smith & Wesson in hand.
Dutch listens as his lawyer talks to the hitmen.
Zangara (Tony Amendola) receives the Smith & Wesson that he'll use to kill Cermak.


Winchester Model 1897 Riot

Several lawmen are seen carrying riot-length Winchester Model 1897 shotguns, including Elliot Ness (Scott Paulan) and an Alcatraz prison guard. Agent Michael Rourke (Keith Carradine) carries a Winchester Model 1897 when he leads Capone's Miami arrest in 1932. He later tells Jennie that he prefers a shotgun to "a machine gun."

Winchester Model 1897 Riot Gun - 12 gauge
Capone is escorted to his cell by a shotgun-toting guard.
Rourke (Keith Carradine) with his shotgun inside Capone's Miami home.
Rourke with his shotgun.
Rourke holds his shotgun over his shoulder while confronting Capone.


One of Capone's hitmen uses a double-barreled Lupara with exposed hammers during the attack on Dutch Schultz. Rourke (Keith Carradine) also appears to keep a lupara as a backup weapon, pulling one from behind his back and using it to send a hitman flying through a glass window with a single blast.

Sawed off side by side shotgun with exposed hammers - 12 gauge
The mob hitman aims at Dutch and his moll.
The hitman's lupara.
Rourke fires his backup lupara. This image, retouched to show both barrels firing, was used on the poster above.

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