The Untouchables

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  • Drama
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Time-honoured mayhem in the Windy City, and if there are few set-ups you haven't seen in previous Prohibition movies, it's perhaps because De Palma and scriptwriter

David Mamet

have settled for the bankability of enduring myth. And boy, it works like the 12-bar blues. The director's pyrotechnical urge is held in check and trusts the tale; the script doesn't dally overmuch on deep psychology; the acting is a treat. Connery's world-weary and pragmatic cop, Malone, steals the show because he's the only point of human identification between the monstrously evil Al Capone (De Niro) and the unloveably upright Eliot Ness (Costner), and when he dies the film has a rocky time recovering. Costner looks like the kid who got a briefcase for Xmas and was pleased, but painfully learns under Malone's tutelage how to fight dirty. De Niro establishes his corner courtesy of a bloody finger in close-up, and unleashes uncontrollable rage to electrifying effect, most notably at the blood-boltered baseball-bat board meeting. The Odessa Steps set piece at the railway station could maybe do with one more angle to shuffle, and the battle at the border bridge diminishes the claustrophobic grip of the corrupt city, but the narrative thunders to its conclusion like a locomotive.

Release details

Duration: 120 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Brian De Palma
Screenwriter: David Mamet
Cast: Sean Connery
Charles Martin Smith
Jack Kehoe
Robert De Niro
Brad Sullivan
Richard Bradford
Billy Drago
Andy Garcia
Kevin Costner

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Kathi

Brilliant, amazing, MUST SEE! Finally the film arrived in GB. Since a long time a film, where I dreamed of after I saw it and talked with friends and family even long time after seeing it over and over again!

Kathi

Brilliant, amazing, MUST SEE! Finally the film arrived in GB. Since a long time a film, where I dreamed of after I saw it and talked with friends and family even long time after seeing it over and over again!