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The Untouchables (1987)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Police Chief Mike Dorsett
Jack Kehoe ...
Walter Payne
Brad Sullivan ...
Bowtie Driver
Steven Goldstein ...
Peter Aylward ...
Lt. Anderson
Officer Preseuski
Robert Swan ...
Mountie Captain


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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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

3 June 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los intocables  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)


$76,270,454 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Patricia Clarkson's film debut. See more »


During the shoot out on the bridge, there is a person running behind Ness and Malone. This person is clearly not one of the Untouchables, nor is he a member of the Mountie forces. It's unlikely that either Ness or Malone would allow someone to get behind them, to prevent an attack from the rear.

After Ness and Malone chases their respective members of the Capone gang, this mystery man has totally disappeared. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in NCIS: Guilty Pleasure (2010) See more »


Vesti la giubba
aria from opera "Pagliacci"
Written by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performed by Mario Del Monaco
Conducted by Francesco Molinari Pradelli
Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Roma
Courtesy of London Records, A division of PolyGram Classics, Inc.
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Terribly Overrated
27 April 2000 | by (oregon) – See all my reviews

This movie has no substance to it. DePalma rips off trite filming techniques, cheaply insulting his predecessors. I'm not too concerned with historical facts and what not, but I am concerned with the craft of film, which I might add, this movie has none of. All the characters are flat, one dimensional, and we really don't gain insight on any of them. Sean Connery was only there to make some cliche remarks now and then, hardly an awe-inspiring performance. The music is the first dismal quality I noticed about this film, right after the cheap Hitchcock knock-off tracking and POV shots. This movie isn't worth seeing, even if you are looking for a "macho", testosterone filled flick. I suggest Pulp Fiction, or even Hard-Boiled. Look to Scorcese for a true "gangster" film.

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