Al Capone vs. Al Pacino, or “Say Hello to my Little Friend.”

caponeI teach high school, for anyone that doesn’t know. Sometimes it’s the little things that make it a worthwhile profession.

The U.S. History essay topic was Al Capone. Describe Al Capone and the “business” he was involved in. Capone was of course the original gangster. He bootlegged Canadian alcohol into the U.S. during prohibition, and ran some 20,000 speakeasies in and around Chicago. So, one student begins his essay with the words:

“Al Pacino was a true gangster.”

The devil is in the details. Al Pacino was Scarface, although very similar to Al Capone in many respects.


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5 Responses to Al Capone vs. Al Pacino, or “Say Hello to my Little Friend.”

  1. Doraz says:

    Oh dear, high school, you say???? Well, at least it gets your attention!! 🙂


  2. nicole says:

    did scarface al capone ever really say, “Say hello to my little friend?”


  3. Clark Bunch says:

    Scarface, a character played by Al Pacino, said “Say hello to my little friend” in the movie. Al Capone, the real-life Chiacogo gangster of the 1920’s, probably did not.


  4. Meg says:

    Yet, Tony Camonte, the character in Scarface, was based of Al Capone, who’s nickname was, in fact, ‘Scarface.’ When this movie was under production for its release in 1932, two henchen of Capone’s warned the director and writer not to continue the project, according to some sources. But, as the story goes, the film-makers convinced the mobsters to be advisors for the script. Furthermore, it is said that Capone loved the movie so much that he owned a reel of it himself, even though owning personal copies of movies was relatively unheard of at the time.

    Also, the original movie, released in 1932, does not contain that very famous line, “Say hello to my little friend.”


    • Clark Bunch says:

      To be honest, I didn’t know this movie was originally released in 1932. This is some interesting stuff.

      It’s still funny that he called Al Capone Al Pacino though, right?


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