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The Untouchables (1987)

aka The Untouchables

"Never stop fighting till the fight is done"

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Details: 119 mins · English · R (USA)

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A bloody thrilling crime drama.

Robert De Niro’s performance as Al Capone in borders on hammy and the film tends to be a tad melodramatic, but otherwise Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables is a bloody thrilling crime drama, particularly on the big screen where the intensity of its music and gunfire will knock you to the back of the auditorium. Sean Connery, Kevin Costner, and Andy Garcia are all in top form, making a delightfully unorthodox team who will believably do whatever it takes to take down the bad guys in Prohibition-era Chicago. They’re all so collectively badass that they even make Charles Martin Smith seem tough by proxy, which is no small feat. Ennio Morricone’s epic score adds lots of tension to the proceedings, while De Palma’s slick camerawork and editing bring scenes to an explosive boiling point, especially the climactic showdown at the train station. If you’ve been lulled into the idea that The Untouchables is a lazy afternoon movie because you’ve seen it on TV too many times, dust o...(more)

Robert De Niro’s performance as Al Capone in borders on hammy and the film tends to be a tad melodramatic, but otherwise Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables is a bloody thrilling crime drama, particularly on the big screen where the intensity of its music and gunfire will knock you to the back of the auditorium. Sean Connery, Kevin Costner, and Andy Garcia are all in top form, making a delightfully unorthodox team who will believably do whatever it takes to take down the bad guys in Prohibition-era Chicago. They’re all so collectively badass that they even make Charles Martin Smith seem tough by proxy, which is no small feat. Ennio Morricone’s epic score adds lots of tension to the proceedings, while De Palma’s slick camerawork and editing bring scenes to an explosive boiling point, especially the climactic showdown at the train station. If you’ve been lulled into the idea that The Untouchables is a lazy afternoon movie because you’ve seen it on TV too many times, dust off a DVD copy or find it streaming, so you can watch it in its unedited, uninterrupted glory to remind yourself what you’ve been missing. (less)

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Superb

this is the best ganster-movie there is - and it's based on real events. there are so many unforgettble scenes and qoutes in this movie that it's impossible to pick just one.

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Cast:

Small Eliot Ness
Small Jim Malone
Small Al Capone
Small Agent George Stone / Giuseppe Petri
Small Agent Oscar Wallace
Small Police Chief Mike Dorsett
No_movie_poster Walter Payne
No_movie_poster George
Small Frank Nitti
Small Catherine Ness
No_movie_poster Bowtie Driver
No_movie_poster Scoop
No_movie_poster Lt. Anderson
No_movie_poster Officer Preseuski
Small Street Person
No_movie_poster Mountie Captain

Crew:

No_movie_poster Art Linson Producer
No_movie_poster Bill Pankow Editor
Small Brian De Palma Director
Small David Mamet Author
No_movie_poster Eliot Ness Novel
No_movie_poster Eliot Ness Story Contributor
Small Ennio Morricone Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Gerald B. Greenberg Editor
No_movie_poster Hal Gausman Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Lynn Stalmaster Production Design
No_movie_poster Mali Finn Casting
No_movie_poster Oscar Fraley Novel
No_movie_poster Oscar Fraley Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Stephen H. Burum Director of Photography
No_movie_poster William A. Elliott Art Direction

Taglines:

"Never stop fighting till the fight is done"

"AL CAPONE. He ruled Chicago with absolute power. No one could stop him. Until Eliot Ness and a small force of men swore they'd bring him down."

"AL CAPONE. He ruled Chicago with absolute power. No one could touch him. No one could stop him. Until Eliot Ness and a small force of men swore they'd bring him down."

Plot:

During Prohibition, Al Capone (De Niro) has nearly the whole city of Chicago under his control and supplies liquor at high prices. Bureau of Prohibition agent Eliot Ness (Costner), summoned to stop Capone, conducts raids using a large squad of officers. After his efforts fail due to corrupt policemen tipping off Capone, he meets incorruptible Irish American officer Jim Malone (Connery), who suggests that he enlist men from the police academy who have not yet come under Capone's influence. Italian American trainee George Stone (García), is chosen for his superior marksmanship and intelligence. They are joined by accountant Oscar Wallace (Smith), assigned to Ness from Washington, D.C.


Wallace informs Ness that Capone has not filed an income tax return in four years; therefore, they can try Capone for tax evasion. Ness is visited by an alderman who tries to bribe him into dropping the investigation, but Ness throws him out. When Capone henchman Frank Nitti (Drago) threatens Ness's family, Ness has them moved to a safer place, then takes the team to the Canada – United States border for a raid on a liquor shipment. Ness chases one of the gangsters into an empty house and kills him in self-defense. Malone captures George (Sullivan), a Capone bookkeeper, and brings him back to the house for interrogation. George proves uncooperative, so Malone grabs the dead man and shoots him to coerce George into cooperating, much to the dismay of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who have assisted in the raid.


Nitti infiltrates the police station and kills Wallace, writing "touchable" on the wall in his blood. Ness angrily confronts Capone and his men, but Malone intervenes, as Capone mocks Ness over the death of his friend. Malone persuades Ness to stall the district attorney (James) from dropping the case, then corners police chief Mike Dorsett, who sold out Wallace to Capone. Malone learns about another Capone accountant, Walter Payne, and calls Ness with the news. A knife-wielding thug breaks into Malone’s home; Malone forces him out of the backdoor with a shotgun, only to step into a Tommy gun ambush by Nitti. He lives long enough for Ness and Stone to find him, and shows them which train Payne will take out of town before he dies.


Ness and Stone arrive at Union Station and find Payne guarded by several gangsters. After a fierce shootout, the two succeed in killing the gangsters and taking Payne alive. Payne testifies in court about the untaxed cash flows throughout Capone's organization. Ness, however, notices that Capone seems unperturbed despite the probability of serving a long prison sentence, and also sees Nitti carrying a gun inside his jacket. He escorts Nitti out of the courtroom with the bailiff and discovers that Nitti has the mayor’s permission to carry the weapon. Ness identifies Nitti as Malone’s assassin after seeing Malone's address in Nitti's matchbook.


Nitti Shoots the bailiff in a panic and flees to the roof of the building, but Ness corners him. Ness says Nitti will pay for killing Malone, but when Nitti says that he will never go to prison, Ness angrily pushes him off the roof. In the courtroom, Stone shows Ness a document from Nitti’s jacket that reveals that the jury was bribed, explaining Capone's relaxed mood. The judge has no intention of using it as evidence until Ness bluffs that the judge's name is in Payne’s ledger of payoffs. The judge decides to switch juries with a neighboring courtroom and restart the trial. However, Capone's lawyer suddenly withdraws their plea of "not guilty" and enters a plea of "guilty" without Capone's consent, and Capone is sentenced to eleven years in prison.


Packing up his Chicago office, Ness ponders the Saint Jude pendant that Malone had carried with him for many years, and which Malone had given to him before dying. He gives the pendant to Stone, reasoning that Malone would have wanted a cop to have it. When a reporter mentions that Prohibition is due to be repealed and asks Ness what he might do then, Ness responds, "I think I’ll have a drink."

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1987-06-03 : United States of America

DVD : 2001-01-16

1987-06-02 : United States of America