3 Memorable Movie Mobsters

Vito

Vito Corleone (The Godfather)

Al Capone

Al Capone (The Untouchables)

3 Memorable Movie Mobsters

Vito Corleone (The Godfather)

Created by novelist Mario Puzo for his novel, The Godfather, Vito Corleone is the quintessential mobster character in cinema history. Born Vito Andolini in Corleone, Sicily, he went to America to escape from the local mafia boss, Don Ciccio, after his family is murdered when his father refused to pay him tribute. Upon landing in America, he is given the name of Vito Corleone by the migration officials.

In his early adulthood, Corleone gets involved in petty crimes, which evolve to make him the leader of one the wealthiest mafia families in America. He eventually avenges his family’s murder by killing Don Ciccio himself back in Italy. At his peak, Vito oversees a business founded on gambling, bootlegging, and union corruption, but he is known as a kind, generous man who lives by a strict moral code of loyalty to friends and, above all, family. He is also known as a traditionalist who demands respect for his status; even his closest friends refer to him as "Godfather" or "Don Corleone" rather than "Vito".

Vito Corleone was portrayed by Marlon Brando in The Godfather and then, as a young man, by Robert De Niro in The Godfather Part II.

Al Capone (The Untouchables)

A character based on a real mobster, Al Capone was an American gangster and crime boss who gained notoriety during the Prohibition era. Born in Brooklyn to Italian imigrants, Al Capone was first a bouncer for the local mafia and then became a bodyguard for Johnny Torrio, head of a criminal syndicate that illegally supplied alcohol. He then rose to controlling the syndicate and expanded his business through increasingly violent means. After the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, in which seven gang rivals were murdered in broad daylight, Al Capone was named "Public Enemy No. 1".

Although a number of actors have portrayed the mobster, no one can compete with Robert De Niro’s portrayal in The Untouchables. The film closely follows the real story of law enforcement's efforts to bring down Al Capone during the Prohibition. With an entire city under his control, the chase to Al Capone's arrest has become one quite literally for the storybooks, and Robert De Niro’s performance brings the excitement to life.

Tony Montana (Scarface)

Considered a cultural pop icon, Tony Montana is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the 1983 film Scarface. According to Oliver Stone, Montana is partly based on Tony Camonte, the protagonist of the original novel and the 1932 film adaptation and, by association, the character is also inspired by Al Capone.

Montana is a Cuban-American man who sails to Miami after seeking refugee in the Peruvian Embassy of Cuba. In the US, he is denied a Green Card and is sent to a refugee camp, where he meets Frank Lopez, head of a Miami drug cartel, who offers him a Green Card in return for murdering Emilio Rebenga. Advancing in the ranks of crime, Montana becomes a notorious drug dealer and mobster.

 

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