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The Untouchables (1987)

 -  Crime | Drama | History  -  3 June 1987 (USA)
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Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team.

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Police Chief Mike Dorsett
Jack Kehoe ...
Walter Payne
Brad Sullivan ...
George
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Catherine Ness
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Bowtie Driver
Steven Goldstein ...
Scoop
Peter Aylward ...
Lt. Anderson
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Officer Preseuski
Robert Swan ...
Mountie Captain
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Storyline

Federal agent Elliot Ness assembles a personal team of mob fighters to bring Chicago crime boss Al Capone to justice using unconventional means during the mob wars of the 1920s. This fictionalized account of the arrest of Al Capone is heavy on style and gunfire. The end shootout combines a baby carriage and stairs with a nod to Eisenstein's _The Battleship Potemkin_. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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The Chicago Dream is that big See more »


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Release Date:

3 June 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Untouchables  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$76,270,454 (USA)
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Nicholson was also offered the role of Eliot Ness but declined. See more »

Goofs

When Capone is replying to the interviewers saying, "I'm responding to the will of the people," there is a certain amount of shaving cream on his face. When we next see his face, a moment later, there is more shaving cream than before. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: 1930. Prohibition has transformed Chicago into a City at War. Rival gangs compete for control of the city's billion dollar empire of illegal alcohol, enforcing their will with the hand grenade and tommy gun. It is the time of the Ganglords. It is the time of Al Capone.
Reporter: [to Al Capone] An article, which I believe appeared in a newspaper, asked why, since you are, or it would seem that you are, in effect, the mayor of Chicago, you've not simply been appointed to that position.
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Crazy Credits

The title of the aria "Vesti la giubba" from Leoncavallo's opera "Pagliacci" is misspelled in the closing credits of the film: "Vesti la guibba". See more »

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MOOD INDIGO
Written by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills and Barney Bigard
Arranged by Bob Wilber
Courtesy of Wilkes College Jazz Archives
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My brief review of the film
23 January 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

A perfect rendition of events is created in the film, thanks to excellent costumes and art direction, and a very well researched screenplay. Superb music by Ennio Morricone and excellent cinematography provide the film with an exciting epic swoop without ruining its historical credibility. Sean Connery, in a role he won an Oscar for, Kevin Costner, and Robert De Niro, in a brilliant realisation of Al Capone, are all in top form. If being nit-picky one might fault the film in over-glorifying Eliot Ness, but that hardly subtracts from this exciting, excellently filmed experience, which has both style and substance.


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