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AL CAPONE. He ruled Chicago with absolute power. No one could touch him. No one could stop him. Until Eliot Ness and a small force of men swore they'd bring him down.
Young Treasury Agent Elliot Ness arrives in Chicago and is determined to take down Al Capone but it's not going to be easy, because Capone has the police in his pocket. Ness meets Jimmy Malone a veteran patrolman and probably the most honorable one in the force. He asks Malone to help him get Capone but Malone warns him that if he goes after Capone, he is going to war.
• Ennio Morricone is as inspired as ever, doing another splendid score
• Adopt Malone’s unusual methods of persuasion and crime will be solved instantly
• De Palma made it a great gangster flick but there's also a western vibe sometimes
• Sean Connery as the toughest and coolest senior street cop ever
• That memorable stair sequence was so reminiscent of the Odessa steps in Battleship Potemkin
• I am a big fan of Kevin Costner, but this wasn’t one of his most convincing performances
• It would have been great to see De Niro and Connery face to face
In his excellent review of The Untouchables, Cramer K opens up by asking if there has ever been a more bald-faced cinematic thief than Brian De Palma. You would probably expect a huge fan of De Palma's such as I to launch an impassioned defence of him and state that's not the case.
However, to quote a particular excellent episode of Blackadder (doesn't narrow it down, obviously), De Palma is as guilty as a puppy sitting next to a pile of poo. I think the way these things work is that if the director in question is a load of crap and you don't particular like his or her work, it is more likely to bother you. Rarely during gushing…
Brian De Palma's crime/mobster film is one of style over substance. One that I won't comment on its historical accuracy due to me not knowing enough about this period.
What I do know is at the core of the story its factual however the story around the times is probably more for engaging the audience.
What makes The Untouchables so enjoyable is the set pieces of the times being spot on for the 30's prohibition era.
Some hammy acting kept me from loving it however enough of the episodic scenes were enough to make it very enjoyable.
You know, maybe I wasn’t the idiot that I thought I was when I was kid.
I’ve just been thinking back to my favourite films when I was a kid, and also my favourite music. My first album was Introspective by Pet Shop Boys. I think that’s a pretty good start. My favourite films were (and mostly are) Jaws, Dirty Harry, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Star Wars, Predator and The Goonies. Again, I don’t think that’s bad. My favourite people in films were Harrison Ford, Clint Eastwood and Laurel & Hardy.
I’m not trying to blow my own trumpet or anything but I should have turned out alright, shouldn’t I? That’s a solid cultural start in life. Sure, things might…
Has there ever been a more bald-faced cinematic thief than Brian De Palma? I mean sure, there's Quentin Tarantino, but at least Tarantino steals from movies that nobody has seen. De Palma steals from movies that everybody has seen. And yet, and yet... I still kind of admire the guy. Granted, his recent output has been impressively terrible (with the noted of exception of Femme Fatale, a movie I will defend until my dying breath). But when he's on his game he's the like the DJ Shadow of modern cinema, taking samples from all over the movie world and combining them to make something unassailably cool.
So how does The Untouchables fit into the De Palma canon? Not very well,…
It has been over ten years since I last watched De Palma’s Western inspired gangster movie and sadly time hasn’t been particularly kind to this so-called classic. Not that the film is bad, there are too many talented individuals involved for it to end up being a mess, but it also wastes and neuters their strengths.
Based on the ‘60s TV show, and playing very loose with historical facts, the film tells the story of Eliot Ness, his team of ‘untouchables’ and their quest to bring Al Capone to justice. As a slice of popcorn entertainment, The Untouchables is more than adequate, but given those involved there is the nagging feeling that this is a missed opportunity. Mamet’s script is…
Una pena que lo peor afinado de esta película sea lo más llamado a ser memorable.
A film, that not only lives up to it's reputation, but exceeds it. 'The Untouchables' is a gangster thriller with an unexpected cast, and an even more unexpected chemistry throughout.
From the start of the film, you expect an a-typical De Palma film, with maximum violence and bloodshed. What you get, is a quite explosive introduction, with a slow burner of a middle, leading to an absolute crescendo of a bloodshed finale. A proper slow burner, that at times, was pretty off the boil.
The performances defined the film, that had a pretty slow plot line. Connery's Oscar winning performance was not just a stand out, but a brilliantly over-the-top, provocative caricature of a career police bobby, turned informant. It…
The Untouchables is a movie I was very fond of back in the day. I'd watch it a couple of times a month, play it in the playground, create my own equivalent of the characters. You name it, I did it. But unfortunately, as I have grown, I don't appreciate this movie as much as I used to. I find the main characters a mixed bag. Sometimes, I really enjoy watching them. Others, they come across as a bit unlikable and even annoying. Having said that, I just love me some prohibition era crime movies. So it has it's charms.
The main credit I give this movie, is the score my Ennio Morricone. He knew what was going on here.…
#Brian De Palma-thon
De Palma doing a 100% studio picture and does it great. Probably the slickest movie he has directed, but still with enough personal touch to make it his own.
Brian de Palm's breezy adaptation of the story of Eliot Ness is all style and very little substance (or facts, for that matter), but in this case that's not a bad thing. The film is chock full of grandiose and elegantly constructed set pieces (the bridge attack and the Battleship Potmekin rip-off sequence), impeccable period detail, memorable characters, and rousing tension throughout. We also get to see De Niro ham it up as Al Capone (he's basically a caricature here) and Shean Connery play an Irishman with a Schottish accshent (Connery won an oscar for this movie, and while he's good, it just shows again that all awards shows are worthless and prove nothing). The film feels fresh, fun, and exciting and offers a fast and compelling revisionist story to boot.
While enjoyable-as-hell and filled with impressive production values, De Palma's The Untouchables is one silly ass film. De Niro's scenes offer no real value to the film and could've easily been cut out, Connery's "Irish" accent is terrible, Costner is just plain cheesy with his corny one-liners and speeches on "justice", Morricone's score is all over the place and the whole film is just one buffoonish, slapstick mess. There are so many scenes to laugh at in this film, like the awkwardly paced Staircase sequence, to the goofy raid of the Mail Room early on in the film where Connery punches one the bag guys in his junk, to the Western barrage on Capone's men. But the silliest has got…
Opening shot: Capone gets a shave
Closing shot: Ness says he may have a drink if prohibition is lifted.
Morricone's score is cloyingly sweet for the first half, which I'm sure is sacrilege to even think.
VERY GOOD - A great gangster flick that is bogged down by cliches and Kevin Costner to being very good.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…