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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…
Film 30 of The June Challenge
"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…
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.
Very nice movie! A Classical
Always strikes me as a confused film. Sometimes earnest and boyish, then will veer into extreme violence and hard-R language.
I wanted to love this film, I really did. I liked a lot about it but I found that I disliked almost just as much. The best parts? De Niro's awesome performance, Andy Garcia, the cinematography, the action and a good score. The worst parts? I honestly thought Kevin Costner was not very convincing and flat in some scenes, there is some horrible dialogue and a terrible script. I will say that I didn't completely dislike this film (I wasn't digging it at the start but it grew on me a little bit) but I definitely think this is overrated. The only reason I could see this being considered as a classic is because of De Niro's performance.
Sean Connery (voice) R.I.P.
Brian De Palma's style is a incredibly camp at times but in spite of this (or maybe even because of it?) The Untouchables is ceaselessly watchable. It's an entertaining, though mindless, cops-against-gangsters romp. It wears its references to Sergio Leone and Sergei Eisenstein proudly on its sleeve and demonstrates great work by its cast.
Now another one of those movie that if you ask me name some of the most overatted movies you have seen I would say the Untouchables is one of them this movie is apparently better than films like the Departed, goodfellas it doest even come close now thats not the reason I just think its ok its because all the slow motion scenes that people discribe as really intense I just don't care for and Sean Connery and Robert Den Niro I love both those guys but this movie just has really, really boring moments.
Morricone's music is terrific, the action sequences are exemplary but I've never been able to take this film very seriously. De Niro may give an intimidating performance as Al Capone but he isn't given enough interaction with the stars for the film to use it to its advantage and Costner's portrayal of Eliot Ness is fairly unengaging.
On paper you have a David Mamet script about the mob directed by one of the best auteurs to come out of the New Hollywood, scored by Ennio Morricone and starring Sean Connery and Robert DeNiro, and that is, perhaps, one of the greatest films of all time that only exists on paper.
Unfortunately this film doesn't only exist on paper because it also exists on celluloid, and Kevin Costner takes up a lot of those frames and yikes. Also for how technically innovative and visual DePalma can be, he sure can't make even David Mamet's writing come alive, and I have no idea how that is even possible.
Cartoony, hyperreal (though, perhaps, that is the point), but still fun. I could've done without the Potemkin bit though.
The good: Characters, story.
The bad: Couple of corny lines.
I love these sorts of movies. You wear a fedora today and you get mocked but in the roaring 20s/30 you look awesome as fuck. The actors all did a marvellous job. The four eponymous Untouchables were the stand out and despite not having a great deal of screen time De Nero as Capone is great.
It does suffer from a few poor dialogue choices but that can't be helped and doesn't entirely detract from the quality of the movie.
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List made from the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. This list just from the 2013 edition,…