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The Untouchables -- Federal Agent Elliot Ness sets out to take out Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team.

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Director:
Writers:
Oscar Fraley (suggested by book) and
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Release Date:
3 June 1987 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Chicago Dream is that big See more »
Plot:
Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 13 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The sum of its good individual components, no more See more (398 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kevin Costner ... Eliot Ness

Sean Connery ... Jim Malone

Charles Martin Smith ... Agent Oscar Wallace

Andy Garcia ... Agent George Stone / Giuseppe Petri

Robert De Niro ... Al Capone

Richard Bradford ... Police Chief Mike Dorsett
Jack Kehoe ... Walter Payne
Brad Sullivan ... George

Billy Drago ... Frank Nitti

Patricia Clarkson ... Catherine Ness

Vito D'Ambrosio ... Bowtie Driver
Steven Goldstein ... Scoop
Peter Aylward ... Lt. Anderson

Don Harvey ... Officer Preseuski
Robert Swan ... Mountie Captain
John J. Walsh ... Bartender
Del Close ... Alderman
Colleen Bade ... Mrs. Blackmer
Greg Noonan ... Shooting Range Master
Sean Grennan ... Cop Cousin
Larry Viverito Sr. ... Italian Waiter
Kevin Michael Doyle ... Williamson

Mike Bacarella ... Overcoat Hood

Michael P. Byrne ... Ness' Clerk
Kaitlin Montgomery ... Ness' Daughter
Aditra Kohl ... Blackmer Girl
Charles Keller Watson ... Reporter

Larry Brandenburg ... Reporter

Chelcie Ross ... Reporter
Tim Gamble ... Reporter
Sam Smiley ... Bailiff

Pat Billingsley ... Bailiff
John Bracci ... Fat Man
Jennifer Anglin ... Woman in Elevator
Eddie Minasian ... Butler
Anthony Mockus Sr. ... Judge (as Tony Mockus Sr.)

Will Zahrn ... Defense Attorney
Louie Lanciloti ... Barber (as Louis Lanciloti)
Vince Viverito ... Bodyguard

Valentino Cimo ... Bodyguard
Joe Greco ... Bodyguard
Clem Caserta ... Bodyguard
Bob Martana ... Bodyguard
Joseph Scianablo ... Bodyguard
George S. Spataro ... Bodyguard
Melody Rae ... Union Station Woman
Robert Miranda ... Gunned Head
James Guthrie ... Pagliacci
Basil Reale ... Hotel Clerk
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Barrowman ... Street Person (uncredited)
Jimmy Borto ... Court Reporter (uncredited)
Stephen Burrows ... Hoodlum (uncredited)
Ernest Capponi ... Gangster at Round Table (uncredited)
Jack Fitzstephens ... Train Announcer (uncredited)
Patricia E. Harrington ... Street Person (uncredited)

Clifton James ... District Attorney (uncredited)
Robert Minkoff ... Bit (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian De Palma 
 
Writing credits
Oscar Fraley (suggested by book) and
Eliot Ness (suggested by book)

David Mamet (written by)

Produced by
Raymond Hartwick .... associate producer (as Ray Hartwick)
Art Linson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Stephen H. Burum 
 
Film Editing by
Gerald B. Greenberg  (as Jerry Greenberg)
Bill Pankow 
 
Casting by
Mali Finn 
 
Art Direction by
William A. Elliott 
 
Set Decoration by
Hal Gausman 
 
Costume Design by
Marilyn Vance  (as Marilyn Vance-Straker)
 
Makeup Department
Michael Hancock .... makeup artist
Bette Iverson .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Raymond Hartwick .... unit production manager (as Ray Hartwick)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Napolitano .... first assistant director
Richard Patrick .... second second assistant director
James W. Skotchdopole .... second assistant director
Glen Trotiner .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Robert J. Carlyle .... property foreperson
Eve Cauley .... research assistant
E.C. Chen .... set designer
R. Gilbert Clayton .... set designer (as Gil Clayton)
Gary Deaton .... construction foreperson
Robert W. Dutton .... lead property person
Robert W. Dutton .... property foreperson
Gerald Gates Jr. .... paint foreperson (as Gerald John Gates)
Dick Hansen .... set dresser
Kim S. Hobbs .... set dresser
Michael E. Humberger .... lead property person
Michael E. Humberger .... property foreperson
Steven Kerlagon .... paint foreperson (as Steve Kerlagon)
Nicholas Laborczy .... set designer
Sam Moore .... property master (as Spencer A. 'Sam' Moore)
Roderick Nunnally .... production painter (as Rod Nunnally)
Clarence Lynn Price .... construction supervisor
Steven P. Sardanis .... set designer
John Sweeney .... assistant property master
Patrizia von Brandenstein .... visual consultant
 
Sound Department
Michael Berenbaum .... assistant sound editor
Elisha Birnbaum .... foley supervisor
Amy Briamonte .... assistant sound editor
Michael DiCosimo .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Gerald Donlan .... assistant sound editor
Noreen Evans .... assistant sound editor
Harriet Fidlow .... adr editor (as Harriet Fidlow Winn)
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound editor
Dale R. Janus .... boom operator (as Dale Janus)
Faith Jones .... apprentice sound editor
Kevin Lee .... sound editor
Abe Nejad .... sound editor
Ken S. Polk .... sound re-recording mixer
Sanford Rackow .... sound editor
Dan Sable .... supervising sound editor
Lynn Sable .... assistant sound editor
Jill Searchinger .... assistant adr editor
Michael Steinfeld .... sound editor
James M. Tanenbaum .... sound mixer (as Jim Tanenbaum)
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dick J. Vorisek)
Glenn Williams .... cable person
Bob Olari .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Mel Zelniker .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Albert Delgado .... special effects foreperson
Allen Hall .... special effects coordinator
Chuck E. Stewart .... special effects (as Charles E. Stewart)
Marvin Gardner .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Mike Menzel .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Robert G. Willard .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Janos Pilenyi .... opticals
Phil Gosiewski .... visual effects technician (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Greg Brickman .... stunts
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunts (as Gil Combs)
Tim A. Davison .... stunts (as Tim Davison)
Justin De Rosa .... stunts (as Justin DeRosa)
Eddy Donno .... stunts
Gary Epper .... stunts
Frank Ferrara .... stunts
Joe Gilbride .... stunts
James M. Halty .... stunts (as Jim Halty)
Roy E. Harrison .... stunts (as Roy Harrison)
Rusty Hendrickson .... stunts
Bob Herron .... stunts
Steve Holladay .... stunts
Gary Hymes .... stunt coordinator
Jeff Jensen .... stunts
Matt Johnston .... stunts
Rick Le Fevour .... stunts
Stacy Logan .... stunts
Pat J. McNamara .... stunts (as Pat McNamara)
J.N. Roberts .... stunts
Danny Rogers .... stunts
Kay Whipple .... stunts
Ted Barba .... stunts (uncredited)
Matthew S. Harrison .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William L. Allen Sr. .... rigging electrician (as William L. Allen)
Kelly R. Borisy .... grip (as Kelly Borsey)
Richard Clarkson .... second assistant camera (as Richard S. Clarkson)
Tim Griffith .... chief lighting technician
Tom Holloway .... grip
Mort Hyatt .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Morton E. Hyatt)
Frank Keever .... first company grip (as Frank J. Keever)
Mel P. Mack .... assistant chief lighting technician
Frank Miller .... second camera operator
Bob Munoz .... second company grip (as Bob Munos)
Terry H. Neville .... assistant chief lighting technician
Walter Nichols .... assistant chief lighting technician
Zade Rosenthal .... still photographer (as Zade Rosenthal III)
Douglas Ryan .... camera operator
George R. Schrader .... dolly grip
Tom Stuebe .... grip
Robert Swander .... grip (as Robert S. Swander)
Tom Tomko .... assistant chief lighting technician
Alex Touyarot .... first assistant camera
William L. Allen Sr. .... grip (uncredited)
Paolo Cascio .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Gregory Lundsgaard .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Tim Phelps .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Cheryl Collins .... extras casting: Chicago
Ellen Moses .... extras casting: Chicago
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Giorgio Armani .... wardrobe
Winnie D. Brown .... costume supervisor: women
Richard Bruno .... wardrobe consultant: Mr. De Niro
Tom Dickason .... costumer: men
Daniel J. Lester .... costume supervisor: men (as Dan Lester)
Cheryl Weber .... costumer: women
Deborah Ambrosino .... specialty costume craftsperson (uncredited)
Laurie Riley .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Ray Hubley .... associate editor
Deborah Peretz .... assistant editor
Richard Ritchie .... color timer (as Dick Ritchie)
Donna Stern .... apprentice editor
Tara Timpone .... first assistant editor
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor
 
Music Department
Emile Charlap .... music supervisor
Thomas S. Drescher .... music editor (as Thomas Drescher)
Michael Farrow .... music recording consultant (as Mike Farrow)
Rudy Gaskins .... assistant music editor
Ennio Morricone .... conductor
Ennio Morricone .... orchestrator
Neil S. Bulk .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Greg Fulginiti .... music engineer (uncredited)
Dan Goldwasser .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
John Moses .... musician: clarinetist (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Hayden D. Anglin .... transportation coordinator
Clay Bartholomew .... driver: special equipment (as Clayton A. Bartholomew)
George DiLeonardi .... transportation captain
Robert A. Hogan .... transportation co-captain
James Chepon .... on-set driver (uncredited)
Roger Halvorsen .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Cyd Adams .... production assistant
Elinor Bardach .... assistant: Ms. Vince-Straker
Matthew Benjamin .... craft service
Robert F. Byrnes .... first aid (as Robert Byrnes Jr.)
Maria Teresa Corridoni .... personal consultant: Mr. De Niro
Maureen Cunningham .... assistant location manager
Monica Goldstein .... assistant: Brian De Palma
Michele Imperato .... assistant production coordinator (as Michele G. Imperato)
Gregory A. Jackson .... location assistant
Joan R. Johnson .... research assistant
Douglas Kraner .... technical advisor
Shari Leibowitz .... production coordinator
Dennis Park .... assistant production auditor
Edward J. Reardon .... first aid (as Edward Reardon)
Kendall A. Reed .... chapman crane operator
Sioux Richards .... script supervisor
Michael Roberts .... production auditor
Patti Roberts-Nelson .... assistant: Art Linson (as Patti Roberts Nelson)
Manlio Rocchetti .... personal consultant: Mr. De Niro (as Manilo Rochetti)
Eric Schwab .... location manager
Matthew Snyder .... production assistant
Anne Marie Stein .... unit publicist
Daniel M. Stillman .... production assistant (as Dan Stillman)
Jim Vatis .... production assistant
Kevin Bassett .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jens Bogehegn .... intern (uncredited)
Susan J. Bonno-Buckner .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
J.P. Gabriel .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Grasso .... firearms advisor (uncredited)
Mark Gulbrandsen .... dailies projection technician (uncredited)
David H. Kramer .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Steve Kraus .... dailies projectionist (uncredited)
Rony Shino .... location assistant (uncredited)
Sherwin Tarnoff .... weapons master (uncredited)
Branko Wohlfahrt .... weapon specialist (uncredited)
Albert H. Wolff .... consultant (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Untouchable" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
119 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Albert H. Wolff, the last survivor of the real-life Untouchables, was a consultant to the film and helped Kevin Costner with his portrayal of Eliot Ness.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the bridge shoot out the perspective from Eliot's binoculars change. At first it's wide angle as he follows a car across the bridge. It changes to a close up as the bootleggers arrive to start the deal. The binoculars being used don't appear to have an adjustable field of view.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.
[other reporters laugh]
[...]
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Soundtrack:
Vesti la giubbaSee more »

FAQ

Why did Capone beat the guy to death with the bat?
What is the name of the song when Capone is at the opera?
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41 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
The sum of its good individual components, no more, 25 December 2006
Author: Flagrant-Baronessa from Sweden

Director Brian De Palma is the son of a surgeon, and perhaps this explains his high tolerance for the bloodshed that has translated into brutal, raw scenes in 'The Untouchables'. Then again, this film is set during one of the bloodiest chapters of American history and demands unflinching depiction accordingly. Zooming in on prohibition-era Chicago, a dirty, dingy, crime-infested retreat of mafia, the film lets us know a special unit headed by Kevin Costner whose objective is to frame the super villain himself – Al Capone (Robert De Niro).

There are, in effect, three or four things that truly stand out about The Untouchables–an otherwise standard crime by-the-numbers romp–and at least one of them should be attributed to the surface of the spectacle; the costumework and settings are superbly breathed life into, as is De Palma's accolade, with a screen that is awash with lyrical colours and accompanied by a swelly, jazzy moonlit music score. Another worthy accolade is of course Sean Connery as detective Malone – an American-Irish cop on the beat and down with the ways of the street – who may deliver one of the worst accents in film history, but makes up for what he lacks in verbal power with heaps of charisma. Malone is given, by far, the best dialogue in David Mamet's script as when he instructs Kevin Costner on how to get to Capone: "He puts one of yours in the hospital, you put one of his in the morgue."

Another worthy staple to The Untouchables is its strong individual scenes. In the front row for these sits the notorious baseball bat scene in which a furious Al Capone beats one of his associates' head into a bloody pulp with a bat, right in front of all the guests at the grand dinner table. Robert De Niro gained weight for his role as the crime-lord Al Capone and approaches his character with commitment, but sadly he is ineffective in the film as De Palma does not quite know what to do with him. Instead he craggily intercuts Capone's boisterous speeches and monologues with the template storyline of Kevin Costner's special unit, and the former are incongruous to the key story of 'The Untouchables'. Here it regrettably becomes apparent that the film possesses all the necessary ingredients but no blender in which to stir it – and De Palma is largely to blame for lacking the necessary skill.

Having said that, The Untouchables keeps up the appearance of an epic crime film so rigorously through seamless costumes, stinky Chicago accents, vivid chases and a swarming taste to its sets that for a long time we are led to believe that De Palma has truly done it with this film. Certainly there are many scenes that testify to this and aptly camoflauge the shortcomings, such as the suspenseful pre-battle sequence at the Canadian border in which the Western-loving Costner is up on horseback to ambush the incoming shipment. Another is the first meeting between Andy Garcia and Sean Connery, in which the latter decides to recruit Garcia's Italian character in spite of racial feuding (Connery's supposed to be Irish), and instead because he likes his mouthy, bold attitude. Finally there is the unspeakably epic climax scene that plays on operatic in length through a long, glorious slow-motion capture by a staircase, politely nodding to The Battleship Potemkin's 'Odessa Steps Sequence'.

The whole film is in fact an operatic affair with technicalities deluxe. With its mindboggling ensemble (Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Andy Garcia and Patricia Clarkson) it is easy to see how it is cuing us in to like it. To some extent it succeeds well, for it is suspenseful, but it is not well sewn-together. What good is a De Niro if you are not going to use him opposite the rest? What good is a Kevin Costner (who has never looked so ridiculously handsome in his career for that matter) if you are not going to let him emote? And lastly, what good is a large handful of fully-fledged wonderful scenes if you are not going to juxtapose them with something, instead of dishing them out every now and then to keep our interest?

7 out of 10

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