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Director: Brian De Palma     Starring: Sean Connery Kevin Costner
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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 204323423
UPC: 097361247342
UPC 14: 00097361247342
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A Brian DePalma Film.
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.

"De Palma's masterpiece is an exhilarating, moving and larger-than-life cops vs. crooks epic.  Chuck O'Leary,
"...glorious violence and sinuous cinematography...  Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"High-energy entertainment that packs a wallop...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"The hottest mob movie since The Godfather...  NewsWeek
"...a beautifully crafted portrait of Prohibition-era Chicago.  Variety

Editor's 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.


Video Features English, French, Spanish, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/20/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 119 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1987
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 12473
Video UPC UPC: 00097361247342
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Andy Garcia
Video Cast Info Billy Drago
Video Cast Info Charles Martin Smith
Video Cast Info Jack Kehoe
Video Cast Info Kevin Costner
Video Cast Info Patricia Clarkson
Video Cast Info Robert De Niro
Video Cast Info Sean Connery
Video Cast Info Art Linson - Producer
Video Cast Info Bill Pankow - Editor
Video Cast Info Brian DePalma - Director
Video Cast Info David Mamet - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Eliot Ness - Based On Story By
Video Cast Info Ennio Morricone - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Gerald B. Greenberg - Editor
Video Cast Info Oscar Fraley - Based On Story By
Video Cast Info Raymond Hartwick - Producer
Video Cast Info Stephen H. Burum - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info William A. Elliott - Art Director
Plot 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.


Winner (1988)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Ennio Morricone, Best Score
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Sean Connery, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Oscar, Sean Connery, Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Nominee (1988)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Ennio Morricone, Best Music, Original Score
   Video Award Name Oscar, Patrizia von Brandenstein, et. al., Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
   Video Award Name Oscar, Marilyn Vance, Best Costume Design

Professional Reviews

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

New York Times
Included in the New York Times "10 Best Films of 1987" 12/27/1987 p.II,23

"...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

"[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

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

DVD Verdict 9 of 10
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 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. - Harold Gervais

ReelViews 10 of 10
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. - James Berardinelli

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Costner,Kevin
Product attributeLabel:   Paramount Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   Blu-ray DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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