The Untouchables

The Untouchables

DVD - 2004
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MPAA rating: R ; special features not rated.
A larger-than-life depiction of Al Capone, the warlord who ruled Prohibition-era Chicago ... and Eliot Ness, the law enforcer who vowed to bring him down. In this classic confrontation between good and evil, Ness learns, with the help of a cop named Malone, how to beat the mob by shooting fast and shooting first.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, ©2004
Edition: Special collector's ed
ISBN: 9780792199090
079219909X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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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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egolde
Aug 30, 2014

one of the best ever. Five and a half stars.

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akirakato
May 04, 2014

This is a 1987 American crime drama directed by Brian De Palma and written by David Mamet, based on the book of the same name.
The film follows Ness' autobiographical account of his efforts and his Untouchables to bring Capone to justice during Prohibition.
Someone mentioned that one scene just seemed strange and did not fit in with the overall atmosphere.
It is the scene in which Ness is covering the main entrance of the train station to catch the bookmaker.
Ness notices a woman that is trying to get her bags and child up the stairs.
The scene goes on for quite some time and Ness finally leaves his post to help the lady.
Just then the thugs come in and it all ends up in a gunfight, where he accidentally lets the the baby buggy roll down the stairs just to save
it in the last second while killing several men on his way down.
So whats the deal with this scene?
What was the purpose of it?
The answer seems to me so simple.
It is to dramatise, I believe, the otherwise stereotyped gunfight so that the audience enjoy emotionally-charged, breath-taking moments.
Indeed, the scene is much better than the similar scene in Eisenstein's "The Battleship Potemkin."

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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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