Capone is a 2020 American biographical crime film written, directed and edited by Josh Trank, with Tom Hardy starring as the notorious gangster Al Capone. The film centers on Capone after his 11-year sentence at the United States Penitentiary, as he suffers from syphilis and dementia while living in Florida. Linda Cardellini, Jack Lowden, Noel Fisher, Kyle MacLachlan, and Matt Dillon also star.
First announced in October 2016, production on the film did not begin until March 2018, lasting through May in Louisiana. Originally intended to have a theatrical release, it was released on video on demand by Vertical Entertainment on May 12, 2020. The film received mixed reviews from critics, while Hardy's performance itself was met with a polarized reception.
Once the most feared bootlegger of Chicago, Al Capone is sent to prison for tax evasion. At the age of 40, following nearly a decade of imprisonment, he is released after being deemed no longer a threat, his mind rotting from syphilis.
Now retired with his family in Palm Island, Florida, Capone remains under federal watch, as they think he may be faking his insanity. Forced to sell many of his belongings to pay his debts, Capone begins to have hallucinations and loses control of his motor functions. He acknowledges that he hid $10 million, although he cannot remember where it is.
After a physical confrontation with his wife Mae, she tells Capone's bodyguards to keep everyone away from him. Meanwhile, Capone has visions of regret of the men he killed and violent acts he had done as crime boss. His mental capacity continues to deteriorate, and now has the mind of a child.
Racked with guilt, and having alienated all around him, Capone eventually dies in January 1947 at the age of 48. His family changes their name, and the money he allegedly hid away has never been recovered.