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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,…
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.
Breaks the Costner rule
By kicking ass, taking names,
What a weird film this is in its relationship to homage--more than even most of De Palma's other films. The Untouchables is so steeped in its '30s gangster milieu that it can be compared to Dick Tracy three years later, but at least the latter is fun. Only De Niro seems to get that this movie is broad, and his performance is ripped to shreds. We cut away whenever he starts to cook. That said, the train station sequence is as good as advertised, and the film takes its time to reflect after key characters die. Still, I wonder what it says about a film when its best scenes are the ones in which major characters die.
While the abundance of cliches drags the film down quite a bit, the Untouchables succeeds, mostly because of DePalma's direction and Mamet's dialogue.
While "The Untouchables" features a great cast and some well-constructed sequences, it plays out in a cliched, hoaky fashion.
My father's favorite film. Beautiful and well made. Sean Connery's voice though....not so much Chicago my good friend.
I don't know what I really thought of this movie. I mean I do know it was good but then I sort of don't know.
It's definitely different seeing a different type of portrayal of Al Capone. Seeing as all I really know is Boardwalk Empire's version of him. And Boardwalk Empire's version he seems more humorous.
I remember I first saw this movie in a history class in high school because we were learning about the prohibition, and I think it's a film that really sells the struggle between the police and the criminals during the prohibition, specifically the famous Al Capone. Also, while it doesn't follow history 100% accurately, it helped me visualize the story I was learning at the time and gives you a general idea how things went down.
Kevin Costner gives a fairly good performance as Elliot Ness. He shines in any scenes where emotions are high and everything becomes serious. Robert De Niro plays Al Capone, and I kind of wish they showed more of him, because I enjoyed watching him,…
Classic which has dated but still remains extremely watchable.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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List made from the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. This list just from the 2013 edition,…