All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
What are you prepared to do?
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.
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.
I found the Reagan era moral simplicity (mostly stemming, I'd imagine from David Mamet's screenplay) like comfort food in this week of heightened chaos and ambivalence in regards to lawmen. And what lawmen this movie has! Hyper masculine, code-driven, hyper-violent warriors (I mentioned Mamet wrote this, right?) who are Dirty Harry and an Eagle Scout all in one package: the kind of people that only exist in the movies (and the public's imagination). Classic Hollywood.
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…
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…
Less moral ambiguity than your average superhero movie, but has enough cinematic energy to power, like, a dozen of them.
In retrospect, this might actually be lesser De Palma.
It's still a great movie, but it plays out more like Dick Tracy at times, rather than The Godfather or other films it appears alongside from time to time.
I mean, it's got some of those fun DePalma shots - that slow zoom into Robert De Niro at the opera is great and the entire Battleship Potemkin sequence is rightly regarded as a classic - but it just seems a bit...ordinary?
Especially since I've seen a ton of DePalma in the years since I last watched The Untouchables.
And, aside from Robert De Niro's scenes, I could barely tell that this was a David Mamet script.
Again, it's not a bad…
Deserves more recognition as a great gangster flick.
Siempre me ha parecido curioso el tono de esta película. La forma en la que está contada, el soundtrack de Morricone, el constante ensalzamiento a la figura de Eliot Ness y la caricaturización de Al Capone la convierten en una fábula sobre el heroísmo, sobre enfrentarse a las causas aparentemente perdidas, pero al mismo tiempo tiene momentos oscuros y mucha violencia como para ser considerada la típica fábula alegre de Hollywood. Eso lo demuestra el cruento inicio del filme. Y la verdad es que el tono le cae muy bien. Permite observar todo el rastro de sangre que deja la lucha contra Capone al mismo tiempo que brinda momentos más livianos y cómicos e incluso nos hace encariñar con los…
"Here endeth the lesson."
I've never seen a film that so easily shifts between grand, rousing action sequences and moments of palpable tension. Brian De Palma's The Untouchables is the director's masterclass in how to properly make a film of style and substance.
The performances are great (Kevin Costner deserves a better reputation than he has), the score brings tears to my eyes and getting to listen to Sean Connery say such brilliant dialogue is the cherry on top.
"You carry a badge?"
"Then carry a gun."
Ambientato In una Chicago completamente Corrotta dalla Criminalità vediamo l'eroico agente federale Elliot Ness iniziare una Crociata impossibile Contro L'impero di Al Capone. Un Film stupendo, forse un po' troppo sentimentale ma pieno di Grandi Interpretazioni, De Niro in un Al capone che ama il baseball, un fantastico Sean Connery, Il viscido killer in bianco, un giovane Andy Garcia e Sopratutto un bravissimo Kevin Costner, perfetto nel ruolo del uomo qualunque dal cuore d'oro. In una giostra di Vittorie e Fallimenti Vediamo il Gruppo dei protagonisti agire in memorabili scene piene di Tensione, da una In pieno stile Western All'adrenalinica scena della stazione che omaggia La corazzata Potëmkin. Il tutto Sotto le mitiche Note di Enio Morricone che con la sua musica riesce a toccare il cuore e raggiungere l'Epica, il Dramma e una Melanconica tristezza verso l'enorme quantita di violenza che c'è nel mondo.
Superb film, with great acting and a flowie plot that has just the right amount of action. The fashion is glorious, all by Giorgio Armani.
There's an homage the the Battleship Potemkin stairway scene this time reshot at the Central Station.
Watch it just for the clothes !
Perhaps DePalma's best film with tense action scenes, a strong cast, and a terrific Morricone score.
Dead movie, it has no ups or downs, it's just dead.
Kinda cheesy. I don't know what I was expecting. Also the sound mix on the 70mm print I saw was totally off. Foley was too loud and almost no soundtrack.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!