_DUPE_The Making of the Mob: Chicago

Season 1
 (45)2016TV-14
Chronicling iconic gangster Al Capone and the emergence of The Chicago Outfit, this historical mafia docu-drama is about the rise and fall of America's most notorious mobster.
Starring
Ray LiottaJeremy DavidsonWilliam Forsythe
Genres
DocumentarySpecial Interest
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. The Making of the Mob: Chicago 201: Capone's First Kill
    July 11, 2016
    43min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Capone gets a taste of the underworld in Brooklyn with Johnny Torrio. Reuniting in Chicago, they start bootlegging and anger local Irish gangsters.
  2. 2. The Making of the Mob: Chicago 202: A Death in the Family
    July 18, 2016
    43min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A new mayor forces Torrio and Capone outside Chicago to nearby Cicero. There, Capone's brother Frank fixes an election, placing himself in jeopardy.
  3. 3. The Making of the Mob: Chicago 203: Blood Filled Streets
    July 25, 2016
    43min
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    English
    A betrayal destroys peace in Chicago, and Torrio and Capone seek revenge against the Irish gangs. The "Beer Wars" make Capone Chicago's top gangster.
  4. 4. The Making of the Mob: Chicago 204: St. Valentine's Day Massacre
    August 1, 2016
    43min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Capone uses the St. Valentine's Day Massacre to assert his power over his enemies. President Hoover takes notice, and Eliot Ness takes on Capone.
  5. 5. The Making of the Mob: Chicago 205: Judgment Day
    August 8, 2016
    43min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Al Capone outwits Eliot Ness, but Capone's criminal empire remains in jeopardy when the IRS plants an undercover agent in his gang.
  6. 6. The Making of the Mob: Chicago 206: New Blood
    August 15, 2016
    43min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    With Capone in jail, Frank Nitti, Paul Ricca and Joe Accardo take over. A Hollywood scandal presents Sam Giancana with a chance to prove himself.
  7. 7. The Making of the Mob: Chicago 207: Sin City
    August 22, 2016
    43min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Joe Accardo sets his sights on Las Vegas, but when Sam Giancana incurs the wrath of young attorney Robert F. Kennedy, The Outfit is threatened.
  8. 8. The Making of the Mob: Chicago 208: Last Man Standing
    August 29, 2016
    43min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Joe Accardo and Sam Giancana have a falling out, and the fate of the Outfit rests on the outcome. Joe Accardo cleans up loose ends before retiring.

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Directors
John Ealer
Supporting actors
Vincent PastorePaul Sorvino
Producers
Stephen DavidShirley EscottTim W. Kelly
Season year
2016
Network
AMC Studios
Content advisory
Foul languagedrug usesexual contentviolence
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DReviewed in the United States on December 17, 2018
2.0 out of 5 starsFast and loose interpretations
Well, I am sure parts of this series are factual, but it is difficult to determine "facts" from fallacy and questionable interpretations.. A good deal of this information has never been conclusively documented, for the simple reason that it was criminal behavior, consequently never recorded or documented. Regrettably, filmmakers rarely let the truth get in the way of a good "story".
Not sure why they have actors giving interpretations, when there knowledge of history is limited to the script in front of them. I do appreciate the actual historians giving input. but am left to wonder how much of their understanding was edited. Immense societal factors such as the Great Depression, World wars, racism and class struggle were completely ignored.
And the descendant of Capone describing him as being motivated for "family", rather than ego, greed and being predisposed to murderous psychopathy is bizarre. Granted it is her balloon, but any attempt to portray these people as a misunderstood product of the times is nonsense. They were psychopathic criminals.
12 people found this helpful
Earl CarlsonReviewed in the United States on July 9, 2020
4.0 out of 5 starsThere seems to be some sort of time travel involved in the telling of this story.
I sincerely doubt that Al Capone was driving a 1940 Ford Deluxe three-window coupe in November of 1924. Then there was the matter of the tape recorder, which wasn't introduced into the US until after World War II, he used to confound Ness's raids. And, following the Valentine's Day Massacre in 1929, he ordered a hit on Ness in 1927. Other than that, it's a great story.
7 people found this helpful
M. WeberReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2018
1.0 out of 5 starsPoor Accuracy and Acting
Despite the inaccuracies of the first season of Making of the Mob, I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. It had wonderful actors, decent cinematography, and kept me engaged throughout the season. This one, however, was hard to sit through. For some strange reason, the writers seem to want to paint Al Capone as a hero, a good guy who was somehow forced into joining the mob because of circumstances. Reading even one biography (and I've read multiple) on Al Capone will tell you the guy was never "good," he was more of a Henry Hill type, always wanting to be involved in the mafia, always aiming to be a wiseguy. It's clear the writers wanted to paint their own "unique" version of a man and instead created some strange fantasy that's hard for anyone with even a cursory knowledge to swallow.
13 people found this helpful
Ray MReviewed in the United States on November 19, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent documentary sticking to facts
This one of the few documentaries on this topic that sticks to facts. Kudos to the developers for showing the role Joe Kennedy played in getting mob support for union votes. There is little doubt that Bobby Kennedys long list ofenemies contributed to his brothers death. Also appreciated sticking to the role of the Chicago mob and not mentioning the media darling New Your families.
8 people found this helpful
Jacob SabinReviewed in the United States on October 31, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsWill watch again
My initial was to give this five stars (which I did). I personally really enjoyed it. I actually enjoyed the acting and there was a lot I learned from it. I went to the reviews and began to wonder myself how much of this is fact and how much is speculation? To be fair, some/many times they do say something is speculated or unknown. I also agree with some reviews there were other world factors/things going on which should have been touched on which surely would have influenced the mob. That being said, I really enjoyed watching this. I did. It was entertaining to me. It would have been great, as I have seen suggested, even if it was a pure drama. I will watch again in the future.
2 people found this helpful
DominickReviewed in the United States on January 17, 2019
4.0 out of 5 starsSmoking entertainment
An entertaining docudrama about the mob showing how political corruption kept the criminals in power. The lotteries that were run by private criminals in the past, are run by the criminals elected to office today. The one thing you will see in practically every scene, for some strange reason, is mobsters chain smoking cigarettes or puffing on cigars. I imagine the crew was supplied with several cartoons of cigarettes and a couple boxes of cigars for each episode.
5 people found this helpful
TarzanReviewed in the United States on July 21, 2020
3.0 out of 5 starsWhy not make it a full on drama series?
This series appears to be a docudrama series, but there’s not enough of the documentary side in it, aside from some interviews with actors who have been in gangster movies and some people who used to be part of the “outfit”. If you’re going to put so much effort into great cinematography and acting, why not just make it a full on drama series?
Also after four or five episodes, I started getting a little nauseous watching all these prolonged shots of the gangsters sitting in their offices looking out the window smoking cigarettes and drinking liquor. It makes me wonder, with all the money they made for themselves is that all they ever really did with their free time, was sit around and smoke and drink and feel miserable?
One person found this helpful
Chris DolanReviewed in the United States on April 2, 2019
4.0 out of 5 starsLots of Historical Details that were Missing in Other Docudramas
I really enjoyed the actors portrayals. A bit overdone in some aspects, but the language wasn't as bad as it really was, I'm sure, and I appreciated that the worst word used was "prick!" It was violent, but stuck with historical facts about that aspect. I think that if I wanted my grandchildren to see a series about gangsters, this would be the one. It didn't glorify them, but painted them in the correct shades of black and gray that they deserved.
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