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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…
most of the Untouchables is a staid period piece with hints of mamet flavor. david mamet is certainly a good screenwriter and I'd argue that de palma isn't the best pairing, despite their shared love for fast-talking, chest-puffing protags. mamet's meat n potatoes script leaves little room for de palma to show off his virtuosity.
of course, you get the exceptions. there's the famous battleship potemkin homage, and there's the elevator assassination scene (one sends up eisensteinian montage, the other is structured around an extended tracking shot). these two are immediately set in a different class from the other major setpieces, which are sometimes hindered by story functionality, and generally dulled by morricone's misjudged score.
what to take from this? de palma just needs to be able to do his thing. his best films are organic collaborations with freer material, and his dullest films (though I won't necessarily say his worst) are collaborations with high-profile screenwriters.
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.
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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,…
There's a lot to be said for ignoring historical accuracy in favor of fun, especially when you're making a movie like The Untouchables. I very much doubt that anything in this movie actually happened in real-life, except perhaps for the imprisonment of Al Capone. But when you have the choice to tailor a role specifically for Sean Connery, why wouldn't you take it?
The Untouchables is a fun movie with some great actors and a real sense of style. Brian De Palma directed this, but you wouldn't know it without some of the film's choice, stylish sequences. A first-person home invasion is reminiscent of the beginning of Blow Out, and a horseback raid on a liquor shipment feels straight out…
Um filme simplesmente espetacular, repleto de cenas memoráveis e um elenco afiado, com destaque para Sean Connery que merecidamente faturou uma estatueta no Oscar, a trilha sonora é uma das mais marcantes e incríveis do cinema, uma Obra irretocável do grande Brian De Palma.
Was anything good in the second half of the 80s? Even the best of the best had to really scrape and claw to make a film that didn't completely suck.
Maybe The Untouchables is in need of a re-visiting. It was slightly too over-the-top for my liking. The musical score was very overbearing as well. Aside from my complaints, the film is still entertaining and well performed.
Vale que continente y contenido están algo descompensados, pero... ¡joder, que continente!.
This is the movie that Gangster Squad wanted to be
Crime drama based on the real story of Al Capone. While it looks beautiful and the costuming is fantastic, the story itself is pretty bare bones. There is no real character development, which is not helped by the fact De Palma did not get good performances from his actors. I have no idea how Sean Connery got an Oscar nomination, he is just hamming it up.
At the height of prohibition, Washington sends golden boy Eliot Ness into Chicago, the center of organized crime in the US, to clean up the city. Most people think that this is an impossible task, but Ness assembles a tight-knit, efficient team and sets about bringing down the United States' most dangerous criminal. Epic, tense, suspenseful, and well-acted, this is one of the best Capone-related movies out there. Captures the period well, and it isn't as violent as other mob movies of the last thirty years.
Oscar Win for Supporting Actor (Sean Connery). Oscar Nominations for Art Direction, Costume Design, and Original Score.
He puesto esta película pensando que era otra completamente diferente porque a veces me pasan cosas raras en la cabeza, pero no me arrepiento de nada excepto de la terrible falta de ritmo del guión, en el que a veces pasan horas entre escenas y otras pasan meses sin que haya una pista que te lo indique. Disonancia cognitiva a tutiplén.
Pero tiene algunas cosas que trascienden, como por ejemplo algunos planos que son de los mejores que he visto en mi vida; también tiene a un Sean Connery que se come la pantalla cada vez que sale, especialmente porque Kevin Costner está algo flojo; y un par de escenas con decisiones éticas muy reprochables, de esas que nos sacan…
A great film set during prohibition... (own on DVD)
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List made from the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. This list just from the 2014 edition,…