Picks and Pans Review: The Revenge of Al Capone

updated 02/27/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/27/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC (Sun., Feb. 26, 9 P.M. ET)


From the title, I just presumed that this was a show about Geraldo Rivera. But no, it's only a cops-and-robbers movie. Ray (Wiseguy) Sharkey plays Al Capone and Keith (Chiefs) Carradine plays a federal agent, the unsung Untouchable behind Eliott Ness who really shipped Capone off to Alcatraz. We begin at the end, when Capone is infirm and dying (of syphilis), which gives Sharkey a chance to do his imitation of Late Night's Chris Elliot doing his imitation of Marlon Brando doing his imitation of a gangster. It's easy: You too can do it in the comfort of your own homeā€”just stuff your mouth with old socks and drool. But Al soon slurs, "I never figured it would end like this," which is a cue for a flashback. And then this show turns into a revival of your basic "B" gangster movie. Capone sits in an (unplugged) electric chair in jail, presiding over a banquet with all his crime lieutenants, shouting things like, "Dere's nuttin' I can't do. I'm Al Capone." Meanwhile, a 100 percent earnest Carradine tries to cut Capone's contact with his criminal empire. Except for Sharkey's slobber at the start, this is an okay gangster movie.

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