Main Plot Points:
- Was Al Capone the quintessential self-made American man, a ruthless killer or both? His name sparks images of pin-stripe suits and bloody violence, but why do Americans continue to be fascinated by this man? We examines Capone’s lasting legacy to determine why.
- From his early days rising through the ranks of New York’s gangs, to his slow demise in the aftermath of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, Al Capone: Icon chronicles the complicated life of one of America’s favorite mob bosses. The special exposes Capone not only as a bootlegger, killer and gangster, but as the popular public figure who opened one of the nation’s first soup kitchens, fought for expiration dates on milk and wrote love songs to his wife from prison.
- It’s been more than 80 years since the height of Capone’s power, yet his impact is still felt. In addition to Capone’s history, Al Capone: Icon unveils his unexpected connections to modern-day organized crime, law enforcement, popular culture and even everyday life in Chicago.
What We Thought:
- Al Capone: Icon is a really easy watch, but if you know much about him, there isn’t too much new in it.
- I’m a big Capone/Gangster guy so I watch a lot of stuff like this. I wish it focused more on his crimes and connections, but that’s been covered many times before.
- This seemed more fascinated in the fame around him. It doesn’t talk that much about the things he was accused of, but more how he because a celebrity and how people were more interested in him despite being a bad guy.
- It is from PBS so it is well made. The man was infamous and there will be more things like this about him, but if you watch a lot of them, it’s pretty repetitive.
- Al Capone: Icon shows what made Scarface the face of crime in the 1900s. Capone has an amazing story so if you don’t know it, this is a good way to get your feet wet.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Al Capone
- Other Famous Gangsters/Law Officials
- From PBS
Recommended if You Like:
- Boardwalk Empire
- Public Enemies
- 20th Century Gangsters