The Untouchables

The Untouchables ★★★★

A great example of a non-franchise picture able to be both incredibly populist and crowd-pleasing while also being smart, skilled and barbed all at the same time.

Rarely has de Palma been so on form, his direction a bravura exercise in thrills and tension (the train station sequence remains a stellar piece of filmmaking & editing), and the final product moves like the absolute wind. He teases out from Mamet’s great script an array of tremendous performances too from a talented cast - it’s no wonder Connery won the Oscar, this is the best he’s been on screen since Lumet’s The Offence, and remains one of his finest turns.

Maybe a little too slick and pulpy to rank among the masterpieces but this is just an absolute ride, and is ageing marvellously.