Untouchables (Blu-ray) (1987)
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.
"...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 NoteKevin 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.
Cast & Crew
|Charles Martin Smith|
|Robert De Niro|
|Art Linson - Producer|
|Bill Pankow - Editor|
|Brian DePalma - Director|
|David Mamet - Screenplay|
|Eliot Ness - Based On Story By|
|Ennio Morricone - Original Music By|
|Gerald B. Greenberg - Editor|
|Oscar Fraley - Based On Story By|
|Raymond Hartwick - Producer|
|Stephen H. Burum - Cinematographer|
|William A. Elliott - Art Director|
Plot SummaryBooze 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.
|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|
|Oscar, Ennio Morricone, Best Music, Original Score|
|Oscar, Patrizia von Brandenstein, et. al., Best Art Direction-Set Decoration|
|Oscar, Marilyn Vance, Best Costume Design|