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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 »
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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)
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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)

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Trivia:
Kevin Costner, Sean Connery and Andy Garcia engaged in police tactic and weapons training for the film - from the 1950s.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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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

Why did Capone beat the guy to death with the bat?
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16 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
I'm so sorry to say, 31 March 2008
Author: xak_69 from Hudson, Ohio

I'll preface this by saying that I'm not typically in the habit of "calling" anything out, especially a film, but it has just come down to that.

So I purchase a lot of movies before i've seen them, typically based on praise I'd formally heard or read, or a film whose concepts just gripped me from a trailer or a brief synopsis. I've purchased plenty in this style, "Requiem for a Dream", "Blue Velvet", "Goodfellas" and "Scarface" to name a few. "The Untouchables" was the latest film I took a five dollar bargain with.

Phenomenal credentials, a Brian DePalma film (director of such great films as "Carlito's Way" and the aforementioned "Scarface") written by David Mamet (who has penned "The Postman Always Rings Twice" and "Wag the Dog") and starring Kevin Costner, Charles Martin Smith, Andy Garcia, Sean Connery and Robert De Niro as Al Capone, the infamous mobster. Here we set up a story in prohibition era 1930's and Capone rules the streets with violence and an unforgiving hand. The Treasury Department sends Eliot Ness to Chicago to deal with the terrible problems facing the windy city. He is young, he is naive, he is idealistic and he will soon learn he needs to be as uncompromising as the streets he is trying to protect. Enter Malone, an aged cop who has been weathered down by all of the agonizing distress and pain caused by trying to fight crime in such a corrupt place. Malone takes Ness under his wing and together they recruit two more men to their group, a group which will attempt to bring down one of the most significant figures in the history of organized crime.

So I went in to the film imagining a dark and gritty noir type of film, with great characters, powerful performances and epic scenes of a great city struggling to reclaim itself in the wake of depression. None of that was present. Instead what I had stumbled upon was an obviously set-shot film for it's majority, something which I find sincerely weakens the tenacity of the opening scene in the bar with the little girl and in other places throughout.

Something which let me down was Kevin Costner's single-dimensional portrayal of the man who vows to bring down Al Capone. But really, what did I expect from him? He did "Waterworld". His naive character who goes through a whirl of transformation from a good, wholesome officer of the law to a "no holds barred", "Do what must be done" cop couldn't have been any more poorly executed. A character who holds so much truth and sees and experiences so many things that change his psyche was just not present. It wasn't there. It just happened. It was all over and he was still the same. No one should be the same after dealing with what he has. Charles Martin Smith and Andy Garcia's roles are minor in the film and they way in which their characters were developed (or underdeveloped for that matter) is yet just another fault.

Al Capone. It couldn't have been hard trying to figure out who should portray this man. Robert De Niro has been a godsend to any filmmaker wanting to depict organized crime. Who better to play a young Vito Corleone? Where would Scorsese be if not for De Niro in "Mean Streets" and "Taxi Driver"? And he does it again with magnificence. He IS Al Capone. He's nice but he's unforgiving. He's innocent until proved guilty. He executes his role so powerfully that you wish the film was told from his perspective instead of the good guys. He makes the movie real and what lets me down with his role is the mere fact that he is only in it a few times, and when he leaves you want more.

The great Sean Connery received an Oscar for his role in this film and I can't disagree with that decision any stronger. I'm not saying Connery is a bad actor, on the contrary, i think he is a spectacular actor, he can make you laugh, or make you want to be a spy or really just kick some ass. But he doesn't make you want to hang out in Chicago. He's just there. Now I don't blame Connery for his characters seemingly strong lack of involvement, I blame poor direction and shoddy writing. His character was one of great strength, the only "good" cop left in a sea of corruption, but his time has passed, he doesn't want that dangerous life anymore, but he gets back into it because it's the right thing to do. Think of all of the emotional turmoil, the INNER turmoil that could have made his character more powerful and subsequently enhanced Costner's character as the man following his example. Just a shame.

The music was another thing that let me down. That and some of the boring, "made for TV" style shots create a lack of depth in the heart of the picture. I never feel like I'm in Chicago, I never feel that I'm watching one of the most important things to happen in 20th Century US history, I feel like I'm watching a PG movie with more blood than normal so they upped it to R. I'm going to stop now while there is just so much I could say.

But don't let me bring you down. It's premise is great, it just wasn't what I was expecting. As I watched the movie I saw a better one with each shot, with each clichéd line being changed, just so slightly, darker, more emotional, more in the vain of what DePalma did for "Scarface". It can be better, and hopefully someday it will be.

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