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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?
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The first time I saw The Untouchables I was a Freshman in high school, and the only way I could describe it was a PG movie that just happened to be rated R. What I mean is that there is violence, and blood, but the tone and themes are so PG that it completely turned me off to the movie, particularly regarding the treatment of Charles Martin Smith's Agent Oscar Wallace. He clearly has the answer to beating Capone, even if Costner ignores him constantly, and if you really think about his rambling charge to knock a man unconscious with the butt of his rifle you might start to think "no, he'd have been shot". I remember Kevin Costner as…
Pure entertainment! I forgot a child gets blown up in the first 10 mins. Let's do this!
A group of friends get together and try to take down a crime lord! Hijinx ensue.
This could have been a forgettable flick, but it leaves an impression thanks to some hollywood stars playing right into their wheelhouse and some great Brian DePalma direction.
I love the stuff DePalma has written himself, but since he doesn't seem to be getting much off the ground these days I think Hollywood should have the good sense to use him has a hired gun. Despite making some pretty bonkers and divisive movie, he strikes me as a populist filmmaker at his core, albeit one who wants…
I know this film has quite a following, but I found it to be fairly ridiculous. In typical fashion, Brian De Palma pounds away at the viewer, music, sound and performances amped up to deafening levels, and he directs with hammer and anvil obviousness. I'm sure he thought he was being immensely clever to pay homage to the Odessa steps sequence from "The Battleship Potemkin" in the climactic set piece that takes place on the staircase (imperiled baby carriage and all), but it comes across as cheesy. De Palma and Oliver Stone must have gone to the same school of film-making, because neither of them gives his audience an ounce of credit for being able to think for itself.
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One Brian De Palma's film after years :-) Satisfied. To the upside down of my expectation, the violence was sufficient but not overdosed, and the best part is no face-to-face duel between hero and villain, but a judgement day which is far more enjoyable than any usual duel. De Niro was killing as Capone. :D
This is an example of what movies are meant to be when you get everything done right! This is one of the best films of all time!
Overblown, ridiculous, and slightly idiotic, Brian De Palma's The Untouchables is a classic gangster film that suffers from over dramatic action wrapped around a great story. If the action were toned down and the story had more attention to it, it would be a flawless film.
In my review for The Sting (one of the best films I've watched this year), I stated my love for Chicago and as a native of the legendary city, I love seeng it depicted in these different eras of film and The Untouchables proves no different. I've always loved the Prohibition Gangster era and it's wonderful to see it in here.
Elliot Ness, a cop, tries to bring down legendary Gangster Alphonse "Al" Capone…
Maybe it was a good movie in its day, but watching it for the first time in this era, The Untouchables feels a little dated. A lot of the dialogue comes off cheesy or cliche, and much of the suspense feels manufactured. Also, most of the movie is quite predictable (even if you have never heard of Al Capone). The big-name actors only add to this contrivance. I'm glad I saw it once, but ultimately, I was left yawning.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…