History Vs. Hollywood: The Untouchables The Untouchables is an action packed movie, set in Chicago, 1920s. Crime controls the city, the system has gone corrupt, and people are dying. Chicago has a major problem, a cruel, and rich gangster named Al Capone. Capone is notorious in the city for the illegal distribution of liquor, and brutal acts of enforcing his business. Who will stop Capone from enforcing his monstrous agenda? That’s where our heroes come in. Lights, camera, action; we have The Untouchables. How does this movie compare to the real history of Al Capone and the people who hunted him down? In the movie The Untouchables, there are several similarities and differences in comparison with history. Eliot Ness and his team, and Capone …show more content…
It’s 1920, the Chicago lights gleam in the night. A dangerous night. A loud explosion is heard near Lakeshore Drive, followed by a fiery, red flame lighting up the dark, city night. Chunks of rubble make a loud splash as they are swallowed up by the waters of Lake Michigan. Al Capone’s associates have bombed another speakeasy, injuring many citizens in the process. This was life for the citizens in Chicago, everyone was kept in constant fear for their lives if they ever crossed Capone. The Federal Government knew they had to control the violent city of Chicago by eliminating the Gaffron 2 criminal that was behind it all, Al Capone. This is when our heroes enter, The Untouchables. In the movie, The Untouchables were a team assembled by Federal Treasury Officer, Eliot Ness, to help combat the massacres by mobsters in Chicago. The Federal Ban of alcohol (prohibition) led to an illegal market for liquor and in turn, more crime. Now that you have a general knowledge of the setting, we have the movie, The Untouchables. In the movie, there are four characters as part of the team. Eliot …show more content…
Eliot Ness and his team, and Capone and his associates were represented similarly, and differently in the movie vs. reality. Eliot Ness wasn’t the good cop everyone thought he was, the team in The Untouchables was all fictitious besides Ness, and Capone was just as cruel in the movie as he was in real life. The movie was a very entertaining one, packed with action that keeps you interested. Although it was a great movie, it left out many important details in the Capone investigation due to being able to make the movie more watchable for viewers and acting as a time constraint. Directors have many reasons why they change things in movies related to history, it’s always intriguing to analyze what changes are
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During Prohibition, organized crime was on the rize. Especially in the city of Chicago, Illinois. This is where the most notorious gangster, Al Capone, rose to power. Al Capone had established himself as Chicago's top criminal boss by 1929, raking in over $60 million a year through gambling, prostitution, and other illicit endeavors. Local and federal authorities repeatedly detained him on suspicion of contempt of court, possession of a concealed weapon, and other offenses, but they were unable to establish a solid enough case against him to bring any charges related to his violent behavior.
However, by inviting them over to dinner, he was able to have power over the two of them, and just when the two men thought that they were probably all friends, Capone betrayed them. In Capone’s mind, this was an act of revenge, as the men had betrayed him, and it was also a way to send a message out to the rest of his business relationships. This all shows that Capone was not only ruthless and intelligent, but also power hungry who could not stand to have his pride stepped
“I am like any other man. All I do is supply a demand” – Al Capone. 1920’s Chicago, a place riddled with crime and vice became victim to a cultural widespread of lawlessness. Research indicates that the iconic mafia Lord Al Capone “Scarface” saw Chicago as his domain to commit unjust actions however his actions weren’t the sole contributor to the Chicagoan chaos in 1920’s - 1930’s.
He was the King of organized crime in the roaring twenties he ruled most of the crimes in Chicago, gambling, bootlegging, prostitution etc. but the law could never prove that he was guilty of those crimes so how did the famous Italian mafia end up serving prison time? Al Capone was born on the January 17, 1899; he was a famous gangster who gained fame from his 7 years reign as a crime boss Well in source E we are given the idea that Al Capone was sent to jail all because an accountant decided to go through his financial papers and found evidence that was enough to put Al Capone away for several years 17 years to be exact.
Alphonse Capone was most notoriously known for being the head of a profitable crime syndicate known as the “Chicago Outfits” during the prohibition era in the 1920’s. Capone was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1899. It was the acquaintances he met in Brooklyn that would contribute immensely to his future business operations. Capone eventually made Brooklyn his stomping grounds for the beginning of a life in crime. As a teenager, he left school early after an incident and never returned and it was around this time that Capone was introduced to Johnny Torrio, one of the most successful gangsters on the East Coast of America who would later prove to be Capone’s biggest influence in his life of crime.
Accessed February 12, 2018. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gangs_of_New_York . In this article it presents all the information behind the movie, “Gangs of New York”, while naming all the cast members and awards the movie received. This article also includes the production of the movie, a summary of the plot, soundtrack, and a statement on its historical accuracy.
Capone was one of both the smartest, and most violent criminal that Chicago, or even the entire country has ever seen. American Decades writes, “During the roaring twenties Capone controlled a multi-million dollar crime organization in Chicago. He gained national recognition for his ruthless business skills and casual use of violence to build his criminal empire.” (“Al Capone” American Decades, 1) Due to his finely tuned skills for running crime, most likely inherited from his mentor Torrio, Capone was able to rise to unbelievable fame.
The book “Al Capone Does My Shirts” is based on a group of kids growing up on Alcatraz Island, which holds a prison full of felons murders and many other convict’s one of the most dangerous prisons of them all. The author Genniffer Choldenko
“Renowned as America's first Public Enemy No. 1, Capone came to Chicago in 1919 at the age of twenty and within three years became one of the city's most successful gangsters” (Karamanski). In other words, Al Capone had become in a short time frame become the most dangerous man in Chicago during the 1920s and everyone’s attention was turned towards him. His gang had become the most powerful gang to have ever existed in the city and to do that Al Capone had been able to find ways to stay undetected by the police force and even the FBI(Federal Bureau of Investigation). Everytime that they came close to catching him he always had an alibi and proof to back up what it was he claimed he was doing or where ever it was that he had claimed to
Thorough out the course of cinematic history, countless films have been released about the Italian mafia. Two films in particular have had a significant impact on the way the mafia is perceived through the eyes of American audiences. Those films are Goodfellas and The Godfather (the trilogy). Both movies are widely considered two of the greatest of all time, garnering many Academy Award nominations and wins. Although there is no denying the popularity of both of these films, we have speculated that they may not be the most accurate depictions of how the mafia operates.
Searching for Al Capone is the main topic of The Untouchables, but Al is not all that Eliot is looking for. Eliot has continued taking down breweries with the help of his crew and the public. Finally, he has been able to get Capone’s mob to crack and arrested many members including Al for charges against prohibition. After finishing The Untouchables, I started American Gun which goes back before prohibition, even before the Civil War, to find the best guns in America’s history. So far, Chris Kyle has discussed the importance of the American long rifle for sniping in the Revolutionary war, and also the importance of the spencer repeater in the civil war for quicker reloading.
Al Capone was a representation of the falling of order and lack of respect for laws. It is kind of crazy to think of all the things Capone did, he was only put away for tax invasion. This rise of Al Capone makes me wonder how dangerous he would have become if alcohol band wasn’t in effect. You can really bring into question the different possibilities and what ifs if prohibition had never
Incidentally, large cities were the main location for organized gangs. Although there were over half a dozen powerful gangs in New York, Chicago was the capital of the racketeers, including Johnny Torrio, “Bugs” Moran, the Gennas, and the O’Banions (Addiction History 4). The most powerful and infamous bootlegger, by far, was Al Capone, operating out of Chicago. One of the most gruesome and remembered gangland murders of all time occurred on Valentine’s Day, 1929. Because of business differences, Capone ordered hit man Jack McGurn plot the murder of Bugs Moran and the O’Banion/Weiss gang, which Moran had recently taken control of.
The film's protagonist is Michael Corleone who is the anti-heroic because he changes from a person who has moral principles and a good role in society to a much more evil version of his father. In the beginning of the movie, Michael shows us how he won't dare to involve himself in the Mafia by telling his wife about his father’s Vito Corleone business and says he will never be like his family. However, as his involvement with the family business grows, he becomes more violent for example when he volunteers out of no where to to murder an enemy and a rival police officer who hit him in the first film. In the final scene of that film he kills his brother in law and coming into the second film he ends up getting his brother Fredo killed as well.