Untouchables, The (1987)
Front Cover Actor
Kevin Costner Eliot Ness
Sean Connery Jim Malone
Robert De Niro Al Capone
Charles Martin Smith Oscar Wallace
Andy Garcia George Stone
Richard Bradford Mike
Jack Kehoe Walter Payne
Brad Sullivan George
Billy Drago Frank Nitti
Charles Keller Watson Reporter
Movie Details
Director Brian De Palma
Studio Paramount
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 1 hr 59 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
As noted critic Pauline Kael wrote, the 1987 box-office hit The Untouchables is "like an attempt to visualize the public's collective dream of Chicago gangsters." In other words, this lavish reworking of the vintage TV series is a rousing potboiler from a bygone era, so beautifully designed and photographed--and so craftily directed by Brian De Palma--that the historical reality of Prohibition-era Chicago could only pale in comparison. From a script by David Mamet, the movie pits four underdog heroes (the maverick lawmen known as the Untouchables) against a singular villain in Al Capone, played by Robert De Niro as a dapper caesar holding court (and a baseball bat) against any and all challengers. Kevin Costner is the naive federal agent Eliot Ness, whose lack of experience is tempered by the streetwise alliance of a seasoned Chicago cop (Sean Connery, in an Oscar-winning performance), a rookie marksman (Andy Garcia), and an accountant (Charles Martin Smith) who holds the key to Capone's potential downfall. The movie approaches greatness on the strength of its set pieces, such as the siege near the Canadian border, the venal ambush at Connery's apartment, and the train-station shootout partially modeled after the "Odessa steps" sequences of the Russian classic Battleship Potemkin. It's thrilling stuff, fueled by Ennio Morricone's dynamic score, but it's also manipulative and obvious. If you're inclined to be critical, the movie gives you reason to complain. If you'd rather sit back and enjoy a first-rate production with an all-star cast, The Untouchables may very well strike you as a classic. --Jeff Shannon
Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It Yes
Index 962
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 12/8/03
Purchase Price $10.00
Store Fry's
Owner JC
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder 008
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
UPC 097360188646
Chapters
Release Date 2002
Subtitles English
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby