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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.
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,…
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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?
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…
The Untouchables, one of the most famous teams of law enforcement agents (more like badass crime-fuckers team) who "fought" Al Capone alongside Eliot Ness. And that's exactly who this is centered on, the leader of the team who died 1957 at the tender age of 54 (of a heart arrest just like Capone, oh the irony).
Brian de Palma, in charge of the direction of the film, chose to go full on novelistic drama mode instead of trying to take a go on the cliché'd genre of biopics, which Brian thought was too limiting for a film as expressive as this one turned out to be.
Yes, this film main quality is the expresiveness in which Brian de Palma uses…
That's the problem with movies with a legendary scene. And what about the rest? It's not a big deal. It's predictable in some many ways, and the action stinks, but at least has an intense ending.
And, furthermore, the opening is sassy; I think it's the best adjective. The problem is the development.
Esto es como un poco pastiche, pero De Palma sale intacto
A pretty entertaining larger-than-life, sometimes almost comic book-esque gangster movie, with some moments of pure brillance! The train station shootout alone makes the movie already worth watching! But in the end it still fels like something is missing. I don’t know what it is, but the movie is so close to true greatness, but misses its mark very close.
Directed by Brian DePalma, Starring Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert DeNiro, Andy Garcia. The Untouchables is moderate gangster film, a film which is probably shown from the lawman's point of view - taking on the empire of Al Capone (Robert DeNiro). Sean Connery gives a brilliant performance, and worthy of an Oscar (which he won for Best Supporting Actor). The locations, costume-designs and period-look of the film are all captivating.
I'm not a huge Kevin Costner fan and never have been, but even back in the day I enjoyed this movie. It's well written, acted and directed. Some of the scenes are a little over the top, but I think they work within the world that the movie creates.
I have not seen this film as a whole. It may be unfair for me to even give a review, but there is something about The Untouchables that is so satisfying, and ridiculously fun. It's a big cartoon. Lots of giant set pieces and big men in high pants trying to eat up all of the scenery. Kevin Costner pulls it off really well. Sean Connery is the film's star. He's just fantastic as that bad-ass irishman, the right one to combat with the ruthless gangsters. Then, there's Robert DeNiro as Al Capone. Oh my goodness, he is absolutely frightening. This rivals Jake LaMotta as his best role EVER in a film. What's so tragic about it, however, is that…
Movie is great the score is awesome the sound effects are dated and scenes should be chessey but come off cute
Not so attractive story, but the step scene should be remembered.
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,…