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The Untouchables

  R HD Closed Captioning

Brian De Palma

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Plot Summary

Like the TV series that shared the same title, The Untouchables (1987) was an account of the battle between gangster Al Capone and lawman Eliot Ness, this time in the form of a feature film boasting big stars, a big budget, and a script from respected playwright David Mamet. Kevin Costner stars as Ness, a federal agent who has come to Chicago during the Prohibition Era, when corruption in the local police department is rampant. His mission is to put crime lord Capone (Robert De Niro) out of business, but Capone is so powerful and popular that Ness is not taken seriously by the law or the press. One night, discouraged, he meets a veteran patrolman, Jimmy Malone (Sean Connery), and discovers that the acerbic Irishman is the one honest man he's been seeking. Malone has soon helped Ness recruit a gunslinger rookie, George Stone (Andy Garcia), and, joined by nebbish accountant Oscar Wallace (Charles Martin Smith), the men doggedly pursue Capone and his illegal interests. At first a laughingstock, Ness soon has Capone outraged over his and Malone's sometimes law-bending tactics, and the vain mobster strikes back in vicious style. Ultimately, it is the most unexpected and minor of crimes, tax evasion, which proves Capone's undoing. All of the credits for The Untouchables boasted big names, including music from Ennio Morricone and costumes by Giorgio Armani. Director Brian De Palma continued his tradition of including a homage to past masters of the cinema with a taut stairway shoot-out reminiscent of a similar sequence in Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin (1925).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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80%
  • Reviews Counted: 55
  • Fresh: 44
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's vulgar, violent, funny and sometimes breathtakingly beautiful. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: It goes to that place that all films aspiring to greatness must attain: the country of myth, where all the figures must be larger and more vivid than life. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 25, 2013

Fresh: The Untouchables is a beautifully crafted portrait of Prohibition-era Chicago. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jun 25, 2013

Rotten: Where, under his stainless-steel incorruptibility, was Ness' gnawing flaw? To Mamet and De Palma, goodness and dullness seem inseparable. – Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times, Jun 25, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Well-crafted and under-rated

The screenplay and cinematography in this film are superb. The acting is great, too, including an Academy Award-winning performance by Sean Connery. Of course, it only bears very vague resemblance to the real story of Ness and Capone...

A classic!

First time watching this movie in my 24 years of life and have to say it's one of the best movies I've seen ever. Great drama and action that kept me enthralled the entire time. Well worth the price. If you're reading this and find older movies to be a turn off (like I did), you will not be dissappointed!

A MUST BUY

If you like gang movies then this is one for you

The Untouchables
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 1987

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