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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.
The hostility towards this film is baffling. From Morricone's score to the cinematography, The Untouchables oozes in style, and you only need to see the unforgattable train-station shoot-out to figure that one out. Historically inaccurate? Maybe, but I'll be damned if anyone can top De Niro's Al Capone. Some corny dialogue and poor direction aside, I find The Untouchables is as solid as the rest of De Palma's movies.
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.
Needed more Battleship Potemkin. If the rest of the film were as stylish and energetic as the Odessa Steps knockoff, it would have worked a lot better for me—and probably for De Palma as well, who said it "wasn't his film," attributing it instead to writer David Mamet.
Obviously a well crafted ensemble crime drama, but also, well, an obviously crafted ensemble crime drama. Well defined characters with relatable emotional journeys, etc., but somehow lacking in vitality. Might have liked it more if I had seen it before watching L.A. Confidential a million bajillion times.
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,…
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Here's an example of what really good writing, amazing acting, and really good directing can get you. I checked out imdb before watching this film again and I don't understand the hate for this film. It's not a perfect film but it's smart and entertaining.
It's also not a historically accurate film by any means but I never got the impression that the film was aiming for a "based on a true story" feel. Brian De Palma does style and David Mamet does dialogue and that's what we got. All you have to do is watch The Battleship Potemkin homage train station sequence to see the style on display (I show that scene in my film classes to illustrate what…
I now present the ratings of the last five movies I've watched for THE BOOK:
So yeah, one '7' but that was Zhivago and it was a light '7', not necessarily a strong one and most of THAT '7' was for technical things, like the cinematography and not particularly for the plot, which is usually what I'd prefer to give a '7' out for. Therefore, I needed SOMETHING to give me a little POP. With only sixty one movies remaining, I went with The Untouchables, one I'd seen twice before and remembered liking, for the most part. I'd actually go so far as to say I liked it best this time around (only rating it…
I can remember being somewhat underwhelmed when this first came out, but then I was rather under the spell of 'Once Upon a Time in America'. This doesn't recently stand comparison, and throughout it sort of reminded me of a comic novel, in terms of its depth of characterization. But it looks good, and proves that Kevin Costner shouldn't really get onto the same screen as Sean Connery or Robert de Niro.
Cool, but the last part is totally nonsense.
"1930. Prohibition has transformed Chicago into a city of war. Rival gangs compete for control of the city's billion dollar empire of illegal alcohol, enforcing their will with the hand grenade and tommy gun.
It is the time of the Ganglords.
It is the time of Al Capone."
The first bit of text you will see in this slick, stylistic film. The acting is top-notch with the only negative being Robert De Niro's typical Robert De Niro where the was nothing special. Sean Connery deserves the academy award he received for this film and everyone else including a young Andy Garcia does a standup job. The Musical score is breath taking, heightening the tension during action set pieces and being…
I was actually very underwhelmed when I watched this. I expected a lot more from this film as I have heard many great things about it. I thought De Niro, Andy Garcia, and Sean Connery were brilliant but Kevin Costner & the accountant character weren't all that great. I don't think Kevin Costner knows how to properly deliver lines. there were some great scenes, like Connery's death and the train station shoot out. morriccone's score was good but there was definitely some parts of the film where the score felt like it was trying to force emotion into a nearly empty scene and it just didn't work out. I'm glad I got around to seeing this but I was underwhelmed by it.
The only good film Brian de Palma will ever make.
Was waren das für schöne Zeiten, als Brian De Palma noch richtig gute Filme drehte; und "The Untouchables – Die Unbestechlichen" gehört ohne Zweifel zu seinen großen Filmen. Das Stammteam aus Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Charles Martin Smith und Andy Garcia harmonieren mit ihren Unterschieden wunderbar zusammen und auch Robert De Niro weiß als Al Capone zu gefallen; und über die Musik von Ennio Morricone muss ich gar keine Worte verlieren, denn die spricht für sich. Außerdem muss ich gestehen, dass mir die komplette Western-Szene an der Brücke sehr viel besser gefallen hat als die berühmte Szene am Bahnhof.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
List made from the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. This list just from the 2014 edition,…