Untouchables (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Brian De Palma Starring: Sean Connery Kevin Costner

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The critics and public agree. Brian DePalma's The Untouchables is a must see masterpiece - a glorious, fierce, larger-than-life depiction of the mob warlord who ruled Prohibition-era Chicago...and the law enforcer who vowed to bring him down.

This classic confrontation between good and evil stars Kevin Costner as federal agent Eliot Ness, Robert DeNiro as gangland kingpin Al Capone and Sean Connery as Malone, the cop who teaches Ness how to beat the mob: shoot fast and shoot first.


Studio Paramount
SKU 204323423
UPC 097361247342
UPC 14 00097361247342
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 4/20/2010
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Organized Crime
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Kevin Costner is idealistic federal agent Eliot Ness, whose assignment to clean up Prohibition-era Chicago leads to violence and manly questions about upholding the law. Initially powerless to stop the flow of booze into the city (the police force is corrupt and everyone in town seems to be on the mob's payroll), Ness finds guidance from an older streetwise cop (Sean Connery, who won an Academy Award for this role) who convinces him he'll need to break some rules if he wants to bring down head mobster Al Capone (Robert De Niro). Andy Garcia and Charles Martin Smith play Ness's other recruits, who together must stand tall against a city full of assassins. Director Brian De Palma (MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE) packs the film with violence and creative camera movements while David Mamet's intelligent script capably dodges cliché at every turn. There's a real sense of what's at stake for these characters on a personal level, which contrasts nicely with the futility inherent in enforcing Prohibition in the first place. The film is based on the autobiographical book by Ness (cowritten with Oscar Fraley) and the 1959-63 TV series; Ennio Morricone (THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY) composed the uninhibitedly bombastic score.
Plot Summary
Summary Booze is illegal and people are dying for it. Federal Treasury agent Eliot Ness is determined to bring down Chicago gangster Al Capone and his bootlegging empire. Ness assembles his team and the bullets fly--but it doesn't stop the Untouchables from taking a swig from a bullet-riddled whiskey cask now and then. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Art Direction. Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor--Sean Connery.
New York Times "...Packed with surprises, not the least being that it's a smashing work....THE UNTOUCHABLES is an original..." 06/03/1987 p.C17,Included in the New York Times "10 Best Films of 1987" 12/27/1987 p.II,23
Variety "...A beautifully crafted portrait of Prohibition-era Chicago....Propelled by scripter David Mamet's rich dialog, Connery delivers one of his finest performances ever. It is filled with nuance, humor and abundant self-confidence..." 06/03/1987
Los Angeles Times "...THE UNTOUCHABLES has a great look; two big action set-pieces and a pair of performances by old-pro smoothies..." 06/03/1987 p.C1
Uncut "[W]itty, intricate and surprisingly moving....Brian De Palma brings his dazzling visual skill to set pieces..." 08/01/2001 p.141
Entertainment Weekly "De Palma's fingerprints are still all over this stylishly violent, David Mamet-scripted urban Western. The Prohibition sets are epic, the actors are outfitted in Armani, and the action is just as riveting 17 years later." 10/08/2004 p.98
Ultimate DVD 5 stars out of 5 -- "A masterpiece from Brian De Palma....A strikingly polished presentation..." 08/01/2007 p.85
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "There's much to enjoy....David Mamet's hard-boiled script, De Palma's assured direction, Morricone's score, De Niro's Capone." 12/01/2008 p.200
Brian De Palma
Sean Connery
Kevin Costner
Cast & Crew
Andy Garcia - Actor
Art Linson - Producer
Bill Pankow - Editor
Billy Drago - Actor
Brian DePalma - Director
Charles Martin Smith - Actor
David Mamet - Screenplay
Eliot Ness - Based On Story By
Ennio Morricone - Original Music By
Gerald B. Greenberg - Editor
Jack Kehoe - Actor
Kevin Costner - Actor
Oscar Fraley - Based On Story By
Patricia Clarkson - Actor
Raymond Hartwick - Producer
Robert De Niro - Actor
Sean Connery - Actor
Stephen H. Burum - Cinematographer
William A. Elliott - Art Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1987
Catalog ID 12473
UPC 00097361247342
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 119 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Winner (1988) British Academy Awards, Ennio Morricone, Best Score,Golden Globe, Sean Connery, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture,Oscar, Sean Connery, Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominee (1988) Oscar, Ennio Morricone, Best Music, Original Score,Oscar, Patrizia von Brandenstein, et. al., Best Art Direction-Set Decoration,Oscar, Marilyn Vance, Best Costume Design
ReviewSource DVD Verdict
Review One of 1987's monster hits at the box office, Brian DePalma's film version of the classic television series stars Kevin Costner, in an early leading role, Robert De Niro in one of his early cameo roles, and Sean Connery in one of his first "mentor to the young kid" roles...The movie is slick Hollywood entertainment all the way. Big, bloody and full of witty one-liners (courtesy of David Mamet), The Untouchables moves like a bat out of hell, going from set piece to set piece, almost never pausing to let the viewer catch their breath...All that work plus Giorgio Armani's stunning costumes and you have a mix that is simply pure Hollywood eye candy...it is still a really fun movie. It's big, dumb and full of fun. It's got a great performance from Sean Connery and Paramount's visual production is top notch.
Reviewer Harold Gervais
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The Untouchables is a tour de force, the pinnacle of a career. For Brian De Palma, known best for his stylish crafting of Hitchcock-influenced plots, The Untouchables represents not only a departure from the norm, but an unqualified triumph...two hours of pure, exuberant entertainment Ð an epic gangster tale rendered on a grand scale...Put simply, The Untouchables is a great adventure movie, with at least a half-dozen tremendous action scenes and a script that delivers one quotable line after another...this is a nearly perfect motion picture - an epic indulgence of spectacle and exhilaration. It is the center jewel in the director's crown. No matter how long De Palma stays in the business, he will likely never surpass what he accomplished here, telling this larger-than-life tale in larger-than-life fashion.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
English, French, Spanish, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Costner,Kevin
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD
Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-In.com De Palma's masterpiece is an exhilarating, moving and larger-than-life cops vs. crooks epic.
Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine ...glorious violence and sinuous cinematography...
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide High-energy entertainment that packs a wallop...
NewsWeek The hottest mob movie since The Godfather...
Variety ...a beautifully crafted portrait of Prohibition-era Chicago.

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