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Young Treasury Agent Elliot Ness arrives in Chicago and is deternimed 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.
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…
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"Here endeth the lesson."
Right from the first few seconds of that opening credits sequence, you know that this is going to be good. Aided by a fantastic Ennio Morricone score, Brian De Palma manages to create a stylish and occasionally gritty crime thriller that manages to capture the 30's atmosphere brilliantly. Plus, the supporting cast includes Sean Connery being, well, Sean Connery and Robert De Niro as Al Capone who despite not actually having loads of screentime, has a presence felt throughout the entire film, whilst being genuinely threatening in the scenes he is in.
I did mention the soundtrack was amazing, right?
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,…
When going through some comments on the IMDb page for de Palma's film I see many people complain about lack of realism and hammy acting. My instinct would tell me to completely ignore such claims, but in the case of this film they happen to be entirely true and yet I adored every minute of the unashamedly over the top The Untouchables, which dares to take a true story and tell it in a completely fantastical and wonderfully charming way. I think those are all valid points but depending on the approach they can be seen as either negative or positive and I find myself happily tipping towards the latter category. This film may feature scenes with gripping tension aswell…
An all time Top Ten favourite.
I am, and have always been, a self-confessed DePalma addict. Rarely has the man disappointed me.
People like to classify The Untouchables as a gangster film, but I disagree. This is about the cops fighting the gangsters and to me that declassifies it. Everything about this film is perfect. The tone, the script, the outcome, the score, the performances - everything is just top notch all the way down the line. There are too many memorable scenes and quotes.
I love this film.
Thank you Brian DePalma.
The Dissolve review (for a Mamet piece). Best damn movie De Palma's ever made, though it should have ended about three minutes after the train station setpiece. Imagine if he'd worked with great writers for his entire career.
Sometimes no reviewing is needed. A quote is more than sufficient: "You wanna know how to get Capone? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. *That's* the *Chicago* way! And that's how you get Capone."
Yawn, just another sublime, snappy, simple, elegant vision from De Palma. Mamet's script is both a boon (clean storyline, efficient plotting) and a hindrance (some dialogue is great, other lines ring really false or cheesy), and really, who cares about historical inaccuracy? This is a series of showstoppers and they stop the show, so good on ya Brian. Only in hindsight is it clear that the Odessa steps train station sequence was a warm-up for a much better one in CARLITO'S WAY.
Also, Jesus Christ how awesome was 1987 that this film doesn't crack my top 10 list?
very stylish, scene on the stairs seems almost choreographed
i love de palma
Apparently, I don't 'get' Kevin Costner. I don't 'get' him as an actor, I don't 'get' almost any of the roles or films he chooses, and I don't 'get' why this is a seemingly a classic. Even ignoring the too-long melodramatic train station scene (the end of which found me openly chuckling, and I *like* when directors pay homage to other films, and make absurd sequences which still look pretty, and it does look pretty), the movie was riddled with cliches in place of plot, props in place of character, and nothing which made me care.
On the other hand, there's Sean Connery: even shooting a dead guy, making racially loaded remarks which are to pass for telling the audience how remarkable it is this band of guys is working together, and dragging him bleeding self across a house before writing a message, he's the best part of the whole thing.
Qué interesante es volver a ver películas clásicas que desde que ganaron los Oscar no has vuelto a ver. "Los intocables" tiene todos los elementos del Hollywood de los 80, así como parte de los mejores actores de entonces, y tiene a Morricone, y trajes de Armani, y mucho lujo y Brian DePalma calmadito. Pero precisamente es tan calculada que se pierde un poco de efectividad: no hay mucha progresión dramática, a los personajes apenas se les deja respirar, es casi todo una muestra de lujo.
Ahora, también el lujo da para que Sean Connery esté simpatiquísimo, para que la puesta en escena quite el hipo en muchas ocasiones, y para que haya escenas que ya no se recuerdan como…
I came into this film expecting something along the lines of De Palma's earlier movies. I instead got a film that has aged very badly. Costner is at times very stiff and the lines can be a little bit laughable, but a very strong second half of the film saves it from going under. There are two very good scenes in this movie involving an amazing POV shot on a staircase and a scene involving a baby carriage. The score by Ennio Morricone is not one of his better ones and at times can be over-bearing in certain scenes.
Brian De Palma is a classic case of hit-or-miss. Some of his films, such as Scarface, are really great films that can stand the test of time. However, he has some huge blunders in his career, namely Carrie, Black Dahlia, and this film, the Untouchables. The Untouchables isn't necessarily a terrible film.....Actually, yeah, it is. De Palma tries to create an original work of art, but he ends up following every cliche in the crime drama genre. Everything in this film is corny, stupid, and just plain silly. This film is a classic in cinema, but it's not necessarily a good film. Sure, it's nicely shot and has deeper meanings to the scene, namely the staircase shootout. But it's weighed…
Man, I'm torn between what I took out of this. There is no denying that The Untouchables is full of historical context and is a good film. But I've learned a lot from my mafia class and watching multiple different films set during the Prohibition Era in Chicago and this film lacks key components of that time period. For example, the film, at least from what I saw, doesn't have a single African American in it. Chicago during Prohibition was full of African Americans, and I think that this was a huge mistake from the filmmakers. On a positive side, the film accurately depicts the corruption of government during this time. The police, the politicians, and even the courts were…
Not as good as I remember it being. There are definitely some pacing problems amid the spectacular performances.
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List made from the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. This list just from the 2013 edition,…