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The Untouchables (1987)

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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Bowtie Driver
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Lt. Anderson
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Robert Swan ...
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Storyline

1920's prohibition Chicago is corrupt from the judges downward. So in going up against Al Capone, Treasury agent Eliot Ness picks just two cops to help him and his accountant colleague. One is a sharp-shooting rookie, the other a seen-it-all beat man. The four of them are ready to battle Capone and his empire, but it could just be that guns are not the best way to get him. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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AL CAPONE. He ruled Chicago with absolute power. No one could touch him. No one could stop him. - Until Eliot Ness and a small force of men swore they'd bring him down. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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3 June 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los intocables  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$76,270,454 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There had been talk that Brian De Palma was going to direct a sequel entitled The Untouchables: Capone Rising. Nicolas Cage was considered to play a young Al Capone in that film at one time. See more »

Goofs

In the final shootout scene between Ness and Nitti out of a courtroom, Ness gets upstairs and cautiously leans on round walls twice, as he gets further up. We are to believe that he got higher, but, in fact, it's the same wall both times. You can clearly tell that by lighting, camera position and, most curiously, absolutely same pattern on these walls. See more »

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[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 »

Connections

Featured in The Untouchables: The Classic (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

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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