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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…
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…
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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?
I'm really digging Brian De Palma these day, and The Untouchables is a great gangster flick. Now De Palma has dived into the gangster genre before (Scarface, which I love, and Wise Guys, which I haven't seen), but this movie is different. In this film we actually side on the cops, rather than the gangsters. We don't see this a lot - As the audience have always been attracted to the notoriety of the mob, and the way they work. This time around, we are rooting for the cops to take down Al Capone. Now this is unlike De Palma. The genre, the look, the music... Not De Palma. This is a 180 for him, and it worked out well…
Watched first of DePalma's gangster movies.
I must shamefully admit my limitations: I tend to watch DePalma for his style; I just enjoy visual excess. There is relatively little here, as far as I expected from him. Sure, there is the scene at the station (which I'd seen in its entirety in a visual analysis on youtube or vimeo some time ago), there are the PoV tracking shots in and around the house, and the falling scene, but that is relatively tame for him. The Western-like scene at the border was also amazingly staged, and Ennio Morricone's hand could be heard...so to say. But my enjoyment of the movie was tempered by the constant expectation of some visual spectacle, and it's a shame, and I honestly regret it. On the other hand, gangster movies are not inherently interesting to me, and neither are Westerns, so that was a factor too.
This film reeks. Soulless 80s nonsense garbage like this is sure to be a disappointment unless you plan on checking your brain and tastebuds out at the concession stand.
What is there to say about this movie? It has a fairly cliche ridden and drawn out script, boring and sentimental score, and for the most part a complete lack of grit and tension that a gangster film should have. Looked upon as a gangster film, it's mostly a failure. It seems more like a western then anything else.
I'll give credit where credit is due: the film looks quite good, but that goes without saying for any DePalma outing. The much hyped staircase scene almost loses its footing in the build, but thankfully the crescendo is well worth it.
The highlight is Sean Connery's performance. He commands nearly every scene he's in and drives the plot forward through the…
Film #20 of the 2015 Scavenger Hunt November Challenge!
Task #21: A film featuring an actor who played James Bond, but not a James Bond film.
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The Untouchables is a very good crime drama from Brian De Palma. Kevin Costner puts in an acceptable lead performance as Eliot Ness, the FBI agent trying to take down Al Capone. Robert De Niro reliably puts in a solid performance as Capone. But the film belongs to Sean Connery as the Irish cop Jim Malone who assists Ness and gives him the necessary drive to take down Capone. The movie is memorable to me mostly for the numerous one-liners delivered by Connery.
Pros: Gorgeous establishing shots and camera movement. The first two scenes are magnificent.
Cons: After a strong opening hook, the first act fragments into hackneyed, uneconomic sequences between an underdeveloped, aimless protagonist and a handful of arbitrary supporting characters. The scenes between Eliot (Kevin Costner) and Catherine Ness (Patricia Clarkson) fill time with tactless melodrama without adding characterization. Poorly paced, heavily-stylized action sequences -- the train station scene is a classic example of style over substance. Ennio Morricone's compositions are beautiful and evocative, but sound gaudy and tonally disconnected from the characters, plot, and atmosphere. Kevin Costner's delivery is flat and nearly void of emotion.
The Untouchables is a great film. There, I said it. Perhaps that's not an altogether risky opinion. After all, most people would agree with me. However, some people - namely critics - would not hesitate to rank it several places lower on the gangster ladder than, say, The Godfather and Goodfellas. "It's not as deep," they might say, "pure entertainment." This is exactly why I love this film and find it to be one of the best in the genre. It's not a rich character study, it's not a sweeping epic covering multiple generations, and it's not a twisted tale of corruption and redemption. It's just a damn fine piece of moviemaking.
The characters in this film are not fleshed-out,…
One of the best gangster movies ever made. The cast is great and so is all the acting. Robert De Niro is great as Al Capone. The story is well told and the production is outstanding. The music is great. The violence is mean and bloody. There are a lot of great lines in it. Truly one of the best.
Brian De palma's Untouchables is classy.
Master class performance from Robert DeNiro, Kickass BG music (especially opening credits scene) by Ennio Morricone and wonderful direction by Brian De Palma are takes the movie to another level.
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Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…