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Gangster Land (2017)

In the Absence of Good Men (original title)
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A very high level and brief history of how "Machine Gun Jack McGurn" rose from amateur boxer to second in command of Al Capone's criminal empire.
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George 'Bugs' Moran
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The story of America's most famous mobsters and their rise to power, GANGSTER LAND examines Al Capone's ascension through the eyes of his second in command, "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn. Once an amateur boxer, McGurn is lured into the Italian mafia after the murder of his stepfather. Upon joining, he rises swiftly through the ranks along with friend and eventual boss, Capone. As the Italian mob becomes the most lucrative criminal organization in the country, tensions build with "Bugs" Moran and the Irish mob which ignites a brutal gang war culminating with the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Written by Anonymous

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Milo Gibson who plays Al Capone is the 6th son of Mel Gibson. See more »

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The movie indicates McGurn was gunned down on Feb 14, 1936 (the anniversary of the St. Valentines Massacre in 1929) but it actually took place one day later, on the 15th. See more »

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Nothing New or Exciting Here
4 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Unless you already know the main characters making up the various Chicago mobs of the 1920's and 30's you will most likely not understand this movie. It is mostly a collection of well-known incidents (the St. Valentines Day Massacre for example) and extreme violence along with standard "mobster meets dance joint showgirl" interludes.

Because the entire story of the Chicago mobs are not explored in greater detail and the actors don't look much like their real life counterparts it is often difficult to follow the action when one gang is attempting to waylay the other(s). Even the 1950's TV program "The Untouchables" offered a lead-in before each episode that explained a bit about the history. This movie just begins cold.

I gave the movie a 3 for the photography, sets and costumes but the storytelling leaves a lot to be desired. Anyone who knows the actual history of gangs in Chicago will wonder why they made this movie.


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