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FILM / Inaction Man: Ahead of the opening of Carlito's Way, Giles Smith considers Al Pacino, the film star who does most when he does nothing

Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way opens on Friday and it's your guess in what kind of shape it will find its star, Al Pacino. Roughly speaking, there was his Seventies phase, in which he impressed us. Then there was his Eighties phase, in which he embarrassed us. And now we're in his Nineties phase, in which he has impressed us (Godfather III) except when embarrassing us (Frankie and Johnny). It could go either way.

Caan stands bail in Mafia case

LOS ANGELES - The actor James Caan, one of the stars of the mobster classic The Godfather, has been called to be a character witness for an alleged real-life organised crime leader, Ronald Lorenzo, whom police accuse of being a cocaine trafficker and the ringleader of a series of robberies and kidnappings, writes Phil Reeves.
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