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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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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 14 wins & 14 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Fun Movie, Though Don't Expect A Documentary! 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:
Robert De Niro insisted on wearing the same style of silk underwear that Al Capone wore, even though it would never be seen on camera. The producers, knowing DeNiro's reputation as a Method actor, gave in.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In the 1920s and 30s, LaSalle Street had streetcar tracks running down it, long removed or covered over by the time of filming.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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Vesti la giubbaSee more »

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19 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Fun Movie, Though Don't Expect A Documentary!, 24 September 2005
Author: Hancock_the_Superb from United States

When I was 11 or 12, I thought that this was the coolest movie ever made. And why not? It had some great action scenes, extremely good heroes, and extremely nasty villains. On that level, the film is perfect. Now that I'm a bit older, I still enjoy the film a lot, just not as much as I used to. It certainly isn't on my top ten list.

In the 1930's, Prohibition is in full swing, and Chicago mob boss Al Capone (Robert De Niro) rules over his empire with bombs, bribes, and machine guns. Since Prohibition is very unpopular with the American people, who's going to stand up to Capone? Enter straight-laced young Treasury Agent Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner), who wants to do the right thing but realizes that the methods required are much more unorthodox, what with the corrupt police department and all. He enlists the help of an aging beat cop (Sean Connery in an Oscar-winning performance), a nebbish accountant (Charles Martin Smith) and a young police cadet who's a crack shot with a pistol (Andy Garcia) and begins taking down Capone "the Chicago way". After many shootouts, liquor raids, and assassinations, it all comes down to a climactic showdown - on the roof of a crowded courthouse! - between Ness and Capone's chief henchman, Frank Nitti (Billy Drago).

The movie is, as has been pointed out, much more faithful to the original television series with Robert Stack than the historical record, of which it bears virtually no resemblance, not that that is necessarily a problem. In real life, there were up to a dozen "Untouchables", whose success was very limited, and never got into any actual shootouts with Capone (though Capone did try to kill Ness himself on at least two occasions). Capone thought of Ness as a publicity seeking nuisance, nothing more; the two never even met face-to-face. Frank Wilson and the IRS had a LOT more to do with Capone's indictment than Ness and the Untouchables ever did. And of course Frank Nitti lived for over a decade after Capone was jailed.

That being said: who cares? This was intended as a fun, classy action movie, not a historical documentary. The movie is extremely authentic in attention to period detail, and though a bit over-the-top, it succeeds in its primary objective: to entertain. The movie was meant as a cross between a classy gangster film and a good old-fashioned cops'n'robbers shoot-'em-up, and was highly successful at that.

The acting is great all around, with Costner and Connery in particular giving one of their best performances. Costner does a creditable job at making Ness go from a greenhorn do-gooder (the scene where he yells at the corpse of a gangster he's had to kill is one of the movie's few weak moments) to a tough, hard-assed veteran in a little over two hours, no mean feat. Connery does a great job as Malone, the aging, guilt-ridden cop who becomes Ness's mentor (though his death scene is a bit overdone, I must admit I actually cried the first time I saw it!). Garcia and Smith have somewhat less to do, though each have their moments (Smith sipping bootleg whiskey during the bridge ambush, and Garcia's initial confrontation with Ness and Malone). De Niro, who made a career playing gangsters, takes the logical step of playing THE single most famous gangster of all time, Al Capone, and DeNiro, Method actor that he is, does a great job managing to look, sound, and act the part, despite very limited screen time (does ANYONE come away from this film not remembering the infamous baseball scene?). Drago fits the part of a sneering, one-dimensional villain, and manages to make Nitti a menacing and even charismatic character despite having little to work with. Other talented character actors - Richard Bradford, Jack Kehoe, Patricia Clarkson, Brad Sullivan, Del Close, Clifford James - round out the cast.

Where the movie excels, however, are its action sequences. The ambush of Capone's bootleg convoy at the Canadian border is simply exhilarating, and the suspenseful rooftop shootout between Ness and Nitti is extremely memorable as well. But what steals the show is the wonderfully done "Potemkin" homage in Union Station, where Ness and Stone try to apprehend Capone's book keeper, take out his bodyguards, AND save a baby carriage pluming down the stairs. Virtually the whole scene is done in slow motion, and is indescribably intense and even beautiful.

Ennio Morricone provides a wonderful score, and I'm not sure why he dislikes it so much, as he's said in interviews. True, it's not up to par with his works for Sergio Leone's films, but what is? He provides an exhilarating, heroic score which captures the feel and tone of the movie perfectly (though for my money, the heartbreaking "Death Theme", played on solo saxophone, is the best track).

Overall, "The Untouchables" is NOT a great gangster film, like "The Godfather" or "Once Upon A Time In America", nor is it an accurate account of the real-life events it portrays. But it's a fun, extremely stylish, well-made and enjoyable film, and on that score, I can wholeheartedly recommend it.

Score: 8/10.

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