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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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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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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,023,094 (USA) (7 June 1987)

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$76,270,454 (USA)
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The POV scene where the camera enters the hotel, takes the elevator up to Capone's penthouse and enters his bedroom was meant to be symbolic of the F.B.I.'s attempts to bring Capone to justice. All of the exterior shots are crimson red until you enter Capone's bedroom, where, by contrast, everything is very bright and colorful, symbolizing that Capone is surrounded by blood, but none of it actually touches him. See more »

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When the bad guy waits outside Malone's house before Malone gets killed, he checks the address written in his match tab. All the matches at the right end had been used up. Later in the court house Elliot uses the same tab of matches and finds Malone's address on it. This tab has almost all the matches on the right end. The handwriting on both the tabs are also distinctly different. See more »

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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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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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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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Brian De Palma's Masterpiece
30 January 2005 | by (Athens, Greece) – See all my reviews

"The Untouchables" is in my opinion De Palma's greatest work, with his other masterpiece, namely "Scarface", coming a very close second. In "Scarface" the focus is on a paranoid and self-destructive gangster who rises to meteoric heights and then falls; in "The Untouchables" the focus is on a very honest man with a noble mission, Elliot Ness (Kostner), who is prepared to do anything to clean Chicago from the corruption and mayhem caused by the notorious gangster Al Capone (De Niro). His quest is really tough, as his opponent is determined and powerful, but he has the help of three invaluable partners: Malone (Connery), a no-nonsense experienced cop, Wallace (Martin Smith), an accountant who will try to help bring tax charges against Capone, and Stone (Garcia), a great shooter.

As I noted before the film is brilliantly directed, with some scenes such as the one with the baseball bat, or the one with the baby in the train station, having become classic. The acting is superb, and while Connery was the one who received his well-deserved Oscar, Kostner and De Niro made Oscar-class performances too.

Although belonging to a typical genre, this film certainly stands out. Don't miss it! 10/10.


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