Movies In My Collection #188: The Untouchables 30th Anniversary

Yesterday marked another anniversary of a classic movie, it’s the 30th anniversary of Brian De Palma’s 1987 gangster classic, The Untouchables:

The Untouchables is a 1987 American gangster film directed by Brian De Palma, produced by Art Linson, written by David Mamet, and based on the book The Untouchables (1957). The film stars Kevin Costner, Charles Martin Smith, Andy Garcia, Robert De Niro, and Sean Connery. Ness forms the Untouchables team to bring Al Capone to justice during Prohibition. The Grammy Award-winning score was composed by Ennio Morricone and features some period-correct music by Duke Ellington.

The Untouchables premiered on June 2, 1987 in New York City, and went into general release on June 3, 1987 in the United States. The film grossed $106.2 million worldwide and received generally positive reviews from critics. It was nominated for four Academy Awards; Connery won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

In Chicago, gang leader Al Capone (Robert De Niro) has nearly the whole city – including the Mayor of Chicago – under his control and supplies low-quality liquor at high prices during the Prohibition era. Bureau of Prohibition agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) is summoned to stop Capone’s corruption. Ness conducts raids using a large squad of uniformed officers. After Ness’s efforts fail due to corrupt policemen tipping Capone’s men off, he meets incorruptible Irish American officer Jimmy Malone (Sean Connery) and is told to pick men who have never come under Capone’s influence by enlisting them from the police academy. Italian American trainee George Stone, formerly Giuseppe Petri (Andy García), is enlisted due to his superior marksmanship and intelligence. Joined by accountant Oscar Wallace (Charles Martin Smith; character based on Frank J. Wilson), assigned to Ness from Washington, D.C., he has organized a team able to stop Capone.

Having never seen the original 50s TV series, The Untouchables is a really entertaining crime film, it may not be up with the levels of The Godfather or Goodfellas, but the movie does manage to entertain with some impressive action sequences, great set designs, a smartly written script by the legendary David Mamet, fantastic direction from Brian De Palma, and a really great cast on board including one of Kevin Costner’s and Robert De Niro’s best performances and an Oscar winning supporting role by Sean Connery.

The Untouchables is a smart and great looking crime film that works on every level.


The Untouchables

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