The Untouchables

The Untouchables

DVD - 2008
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The story of the glorious, fierce, larger-than-life depiction of mob warlord Al Capone who ruled Prohibition-era Chicago ... and Eliot Ness, the law enforcer, who vowed to bring him down. A classic confrontation between good and evil, and how with the help of a cop named Malone, Ness learns how to beat the mob by shooting fast and shooting first.
Publisher: [Australia]. : Paramount Pictures, c2008.
Edition: Special collector's ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (ca. 114 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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RoyalJellyIII
Nov 29, 2018

The Untouchables is one of the best movies of the '80's, gathering some of the finest actors of of all generations - Sean Connery, Robert DeNiro, Kevin Costner and Andy Garcia - in a memorable piece of cinema that has only grown better with age.
Perhaps De Palma's masterpiece, The Untouchables won the Academy's hearts and Sean Connery finally got his Oscar, which was long overdue, for the role of a tough but honored beat cop.
Fast-paced, it's filled with action, but it's never action-driven, sometimes slowing down to present the viewers with good moments of intimacy between the characters - like when the Untouchables are celebrating after their first case, or between Ness and his family.
DeNiro gives a brilliant performance as a ruthless Al Capone who thinks he's above law and will do anything to keep it away from him.
Even in the hands of De Palma this movie could have failed, were it not for a very intelligent script filled with catchy one-liners and well-thought dialogues.
Finally, the score adds a lot to the movie's strength, either assisting the action during the shootouts, or just using a more depressing tone when the movie slows down to a more emotional feel.
10 out of 10, a movie that everyone who likes thrillers shouldn't miss.

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catherinemiller
Nov 28, 2018

Notes from watching Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables. Look at the way Eliot Ness’s egotistical behavior ends up making the situation worse. The Alcoholic’s Anonymous Big Book warns us against this. Look at page 60 through 62 of the A. A. Big Book. Before we work the A.A. steps, we end up making the situation worse, even when our intentions are good. For example, Ness kills Frank Nitty before he can testify in court. Ness kills him because Nitty insults Malone. If Ness could just have set his ego aside and waited, Nitty’s testimony would have taken out a corrupt judge and jury. Ness’s self-willed behavior leads to the unnecessary death of many people. The final scene in which Ness responds to a newsman that he plans to take a drink of alcohol, drives the nail home. Al Capone's conduct may indeed be despicable, but he still has the right to a vigorous defense in a court of law. I find it particularly interesting that this movie portrays Malone and Ness as having no recourse against Capone except to break the law themselves in an attempt to put him in prison. In particular, after the Hill Street Blues's 1980's television show's portrayal of criminals as all bad, and then also portraying police as having the right to engage in any conduct necessary, including breaking the law themselves to catch people they hate, to be an especially good comment on our current times. The police must follow the law, or we descend into anarchy.

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patch666
Jun 10, 2018

" just like a wop bringing a knife to a gun fight" ~ classic film . Chicago looks great !!!!! 420

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SweetLadyBug
Apr 10, 2018

Good movie. I wish more was shown about Capones character in depth.

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Me_Tarzan
Mar 12, 2018

"Batter up!!"

Seriously, folks! - I can't seem to make up my mind which actors' character portrayal in "The Untouchables" annoyed me the most.

But, it was definitely a 50/50 toss-up between the likes of that smirking braggart, Robert De Niro, and his despicable "Al Capone" stand-up comedy schtick. - (or) - That gutless, Kevin Costner, and his goodie-2-shoes "Elliot Ness" with his sappy "Ward & June Cleaver" family life (thrown in for good measure).

Anyway - This $25 million period Crime-Drama (from 1987) certainly had both its good points, as well as its not-so-good points, too.

Set in a crime-riddled Chicago (1930) during Prohibition - I thought that some of the excellent outdoor location shooting and the wonderful vintage cars were a real welcome asset to this somewhat heavy-handed "Brian De Palma" production.

But, on the other side of the coin - I rank the painfully prolonged "baby carriage" scene as being one of the stupidest moments of ridiculously sustained drama ever recorded onto celluloid. Ever.

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texasbooks
Aug 31, 2016

Great movie. Love gangster movies a lot.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 10, 2015

"He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one his to the morgue! That's the Chicago way! And that's how you get Capone."
Script by David Mamet. Noted Scotsman Sean Connery won an Oscar for playing an Irish cop.

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Monolith
Sep 27, 2015

Exceptional performances from Connery and De Niro -- very memorable. A really well made film from Mr. De Palma with a distinctive score from Ennio Morricone.

Marinetti Jul 19, 2015

Great directing from Brian De Palma, an impeccable script by David Mamet, and unbeatable acting by Sean Connery and Robert De Niro. This film has no relation to the TV series, aside from the character of Elliot Ness- BUT- this is a great gangster movie.

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Elfarran
Dec 23, 2014

A very good movie and I am not into gangsta movies at all because major cursing is a turn-off for me--not to mention the gore, but this one was alright. I mean it did have it, but there was reason not just because we want it dramatic.

I liked it.

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owllover Nov 03, 2011

Coarse Language: Just about every bad word

owllover Nov 03, 2011

Violence: Quite bloody

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Sunnchilde Sep 04, 2011

"You open the door on these people Mr. Ness, you better be prepared to go ALL the way. Because they won't stop -- until one of you is dead."

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