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The Untouchables


Overview - Kevin Costner is idealistic federal agent Eliot Ness, whose assignment to clean up Prohibition-era Chicago leads to violence and manly questions about upholding the law. Initially powerless to stop the flow of booze into the city (the police force is corrupt and everyone in town seems to be on the mob's payroll), Ness finds guidance from an older streetwise cop (Sean Connery, who won an Academy Award for this role) who convinces him he'll need to break some rules if he wants to bring down head mobster Al Capone (Robert De Niro).  Read more...

 

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Overview

Kevin Costner is idealistic federal agent Eliot Ness, whose assignment to clean up Prohibition-era Chicago leads to violence and manly questions about upholding the law. Initially powerless to stop the flow of booze into the city (the police force is corrupt and everyone in town seems to be on the mob's payroll), Ness finds guidance from an older streetwise cop (Sean Connery, who won an Academy Award for this role) who convinces him he'll need to break some rules if he wants to bring down head mobster Al Capone (Robert De Niro). Andy Garcia and Charles Martin Smith play Ness's other recruits, who together must stand tall against a city full of assassins. Director Brian De Palma (MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE) packs the film with violence and creative camera movements while David Mamet's intelligent script capably dodges cliché at every turn. There's a real sense of what's at stake for these characters on a personal level, which contrasts nicely with the futility inherent in enforcing Prohibition in the first place. The film is based on the autobiographical book by Ness (cowritten with Oscar Fraley) and the 1959-63 TV series; Ennio Morricone (THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY) composed the uninhibitedly bombastic score.

Awards:
1987 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor Winner

Cast List

Charles Martin Smith - American Actor/Director
David Mamet - American Playwright/Director
Robert De Niro - Oscar Winning Actor/Director/Producer
Robert DeNiro - Oscar Winning Actor/Director/Producer
Patricia Clarkson - American actress
Andy Garcia - Hispanic Actor, THE GODFATHER PART III (1990)
Ennio Morricone - Italian composer, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966)
Leo Nichols - Italian composer, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966)
Dan Savio - Italian composer, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966)
Sean Connery - Oscar winning Scottish actor,
Thomas Sean Connery - Oscar winning Scottish actor,
Brian De Palma - American Director/Screenwriter, SCARFACE (1983)
Brian DePalma - American Director/Screenwriter, SCARFACE (1983)
Brian Russell De Palma - American Director/Screenwriter, SCARFACE (1983)
Art Linson - Producer/Director
Kevin Costner - Oscar winning American actor, director, DANCES WITH WOLVES
Billy Drago - American Actor

 
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  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929304516
  • Rating: R (MPAA)

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Synopsis:
Booze is illegal and people are dying for it. Federal Treasury agent Eliot Ness is determined to bring down Chicago gangster Al Capone and his bootlegging empire. Ness assembles his team and the bullets fly--but it doesn't stop the Untouchables from taking a swig from a bullet-riddled whiskey cask now and then. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Art Direction. Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor--Sean Connery.

Reviews:
"...Packed with surprises, not the least being that it's a smashing work....THE UNTOUCHABLES is an original..." - 06/03/1987 New York Times, p.C17


Included in the New York Times "10 Best Films of 1987" - 12/27/1987 New York Times, p.II,23


"...A beautifully crafted portrait of Prohibition-era Chicago....Propelled by scripter David Mamet's rich dialog, Connery delivers one of his finest performances ever. It is filled with nuance, humor and abundant self-confidence..." - 06/03/1987 Variety


"...THE UNTOUCHABLES has a great look; two big action set-pieces and a pair of performances by old-pro smoothies..." - 06/03/1987 Los Angeles Times, p.C1


"[W]itty, intricate and surprisingly moving....Brian De Palma brings his dazzling visual skill to set pieces..." - 08/01/2001 Uncut, p.141


"De Palma's fingerprints are still all over this stylishly violent, David Mamet-scripted urban Western. The Prohibition sets are epic, the actors are outfitted in Armani, and the action is just as riveting 17 years later." - 10/08/2004 Entertainment Weekly, p.98


5 stars out of 5 -- "A masterpiece from Brian De Palma....A strikingly polished presentation..." - 08/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.85


4 stars out of 5 -- "There's much to enjoy....David Mamet's hard-boiled script, De Palma's assured direction, Morricone's score, De Niro's Capone." - 12/01/2008 Empire, p.200

 
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