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a mess but an entertaining mess

Author: tony (szenter) from montana
21 October 2002

This movie is a shameless piece of entertainment. It doesn't succeed as a drama and it isn't even the best action movie I've ever seen. However its still good. There are some great scenes. My favorite scene in the film is when Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner)confronts the evil AL Capone(Robert Deniro)in the hotel lobby. It is one of my all time favorites. "You got nuttin, ya hear, nuttin'" Classic. There are plenty of other good lines. Mainly this is a comic look at gangsters. It was based on a kids show for crying out loud. The characters are little more then characatures. So what! Unlike other gangster flicks, we identify with the good honest Ness instead of the Deniro character. At the end however he sacrifices his moral integrity by commiting murder. You know, when he throws the guy of the building. Oh well, you weren't expecting it were you? Uneccessary maybe but its just a movie. we pay to see the bad guy get it in the end. Freudian catharsis and all that. HOwever, I think some of the violence was completely unnecessary. Forget the historical innacuricies. What you have is some of the greatest actors having a field day with their material. Don't take it too seriously. It has its faults but its still a lot of fun.

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What history?

Author: Gerald Fitzgerald from Dallas, TX
15 October 2002

It's really too bad "The Untouchables" is so good. I never get tired of watching it, even though I have read Eliot Ness' book and I know how things really happened, and this ain't it. The movie stretches the truth so far that Oliver Stone would be proud. As good an actor as he is, Robert De Niro is at least 20 years too old to play Al Capone. But he's great fun to watch anyway! Eliot Ness never confronted Al Capone on the front steps of Capone's hotel, and they never had a fistfight. Ness never threw Frank Nitti off a roof. There was never a cop named "Malone" who helped Ness. The group known as "The Untouchables" was made up of about 8 or 9 guys, not 4. Read the Ness book if you want the true story, but for pure entertainment, as long as you know it's all fantasy, "The Untouchables" fills the bill.

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And that's the Chicago Way!

Author: Mr Parker ( from New York City
14 August 2002

I love this movie. What you get in this package:

1) Pre-primadonna Kevin Costner 2) Sean Connery in a role that won him a well-deserved Oscar 3) De Niro doing what he does best as Al Capone. Swing batta batta swing! 4) The classic shootout in the train station. 5) Some really sad music by Ennio Morricone. The sax-based "Death Theme" in this movie stands out as one of the most moving pieces of film score I have ever heard. 6) Lots of blood. 7) De Palma making a film that doesn't make him look like a hack. 8) Great supporting performances by Andy Garcia, Charles Martin Smith and Billy Drago, among others. 9) Instant quotable dialogue courtesy of David "@#$%^&" Mamet. 10) A satisfied feeling when it's over.

This movie has a special spot on my all-time faves. I recommend this movie whole-heartedly to anyone and everyone. Rating: ***** out of *****.

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Well made film, but the inaccuracies and totally fictionalized story makes me mad! SPOILER!

Author: SockoSteel
16 July 2002

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The movie is well made and its entertaining. But for anyone without any organized crime knowledge, don't be fooled! Ness is made out to be a man he wasn't, he had no kids until several years later. Frank Nitti was never killed at the court house, he took over for Capone serving as a front man for more powerful bosses in the background. Ness and his "untouchables" only did a few liqour raids, there were no shootouts, and none of his men were killed (some were accused of taking bribes as well). The IRS came up with the idea to charge Capone with income tax evasion, not Ness.

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Nothing beats Entertainment!

Author: Pimpin` Critic 69 from Your Critic of Critics
12 July 2002

This could have been the average gangster film and feature a lot of realism and graphic violence. It could have been an accurate bio-pic of the Untouchables but they decided to do it other wise. Both David Mamet and Brian de Palma made the right decision to just make a fun movie. I love those realistic and violent gangster movies but change is GOOD! And it's nice to see something different.

The actors are great especially Connery and De Niro. Sean Connery (in an Oscar-winning performance) does a great job as Malone and this is perhaps his best character next to James Bond and Professor Henry Jones. Robert De Niro in the other hand is hilarious as Al Capone and that scene where he hits one of his henchmen with a baseball bat is one of the greatest and most spoofed scene in recent years. To top it all there is a fantastic score by Ennio Morricone.

****out of****stars

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Ness prophesying his dying act, or De Palma's hindsight?

Author: roger fancher (rogerc172) from usa
20 May 2002

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SPOILERS:At the end of this movie, Ness(Cosner) was asked what he'd do if prohibition was repealed. He said he'd probably pour himself a drink. I saw a documentary on Elliot Ness that said that in his last moment B/4 a fatal heart attack he had poured himself a drink, & dropped dead just as he raised it to his lips. Tempting to view this as poetic justice because he was doing what he made a career condemning in others. What qualifies this is his expressed view of prohibition-as played by Cosner. "It's the law of the land". That leaves open the possibility that Ness was after the disregard for law & order that seemed to explode from disregard for the prohibition laws, rather than a condemnation of alchohol itself.

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excellent and gripping

Author: m_madhu from chennai, india
5 May 2002

phew!! what a gripping movie. brian de palma one of the masters of the whole gangster flick scene pulls off this stunner. easily among the best in the genre. the untouchables is a really tight and slick movie. i dont much care for historical accuracy in movies. well, thats why its called a movie, truth be damned.

kevin costner is good, but obviously the scene stealer is robert de niro in his small but devastating role as al capone. why sean connery won the best supporting actor oscar will remain a surprise. except for the fact that malone is pretty much the people's hero in the movie.

technically the movie is streets ahead of de palma's hard-hitting scarface and being told from the side of the good guys makes it maybe more fun to watch, more acceptable, if you will. the costume, the music, the cinematography, the editing everything is incredibly slick and all these terrific production values come together in a very slick manner.

apart from these, the script is what really steals the show, it is very tight, just the right amount of humour and ruthlessness. there are many obvious references to past classics. particularly the staircase scene a retelling of the classic scene form battleship potempkin is brilliantly done. brian de palma later uses a similar scene - stairway in the station in his other classic movie carlito's way quite effectively as well.

but this is the movie when all of brian de palma's tricks became treats. the movie where everything gels perfectly, forget historic accuracy, nobody goes to a movie to study history, this is a terrific retelling of an interesting historic episode.

a tight and slick 9!!

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the strongest side of the movie is...

Author: moviesick ( from Tallinn, Estonia
9 November 2001

A really good movie. The strongest side of the movie is the acting and what a great actors play in this movie indeed. Robert De Niro well he certainly hasn't made a bad roll in his hole career. Kevin Costner and Sean Connery were good, but I don't think that Connery was worthy of an oscar, he has made better roles. In my opinion the script wasn't very strong, but the acting made this movie a good one. The tagline was nothing new, it's a basic good vs. bad and guess who wins. If you think about it then it's a real life story and that's the real ending... well not quite actually Al got out of the prison few years later because of a disease and lived happily ever after. For the ending I must say that overall it was a movie highly above the average. I'll give this movie eight out of ten and at least five of it is the acting.

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A touching Performance

Author: Dragofan from Minnesota
6 June 2001

I see that the reviews for this film are somewhat mixed. Some like it and some hate it. I am one who likes this film, especially from an acting standpoint. Kostner is great, Connery is spectacular, but Billy Drago blows us audience away again. Movie after movie he has delivered stunning performances like the one in Delta Force 2, Operation Stranglehold. Drago's lines in this movie are finely crafted, and the only people who can say that he does a bad job are people who have tried to act like Drago and can't. These gealous idiots have no idea what a real actor is, and Drago comes through a true hero in this movie. Drago's costume is also very appropriate in this film. He is dressed as the fallen white angel, described by the Sardis and Philadelphia Dispensations in the latter part of the Hebrew Testament. Anyone else who tried to play this character would have failed. Drago delivers once again. 10 out of 10 for Drago. 7 out of 10 for the movie. Bravo.

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Nearly made to perfection and De Palma at his finest.

Author: mhasheider from Sauk City, Wisconsin
8 March 2001

Updated version of the old tv series and based on the novel by Oscar Fraley, "The Untouchables" is fresh, smart, and "extremely" tense. The film's story follows Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner in his best role and perfermance), a Treasury officer who is sent from D.C. to Chicago during Prohibition to enforce the law and discovers after a raid that there's corruption in the city's police force. Ness begins the crackdown when he enlists the aid of three men: Jim Malone (Sean Connery), a Irish cop, a very raw and curious police recruit named George Stone (Andy Garcia), and Oscar Wallace (Charles Martin Smith), an accountant who Ness meets in his office. In that scene, Wallace tells Ness that one of the city's most notorious mobsters, Al Capone (played by Robert De Niro in an amusing yet in wicked fashion) has committed tax evasion. Besides that scene and the one where Ness and Malone are together in the church, the film never shows any serious signs of letting down. De Palma, who is also known for directing the classic bloodfest known as "Carrie", wisefully mixes in the sequences that either have action or Hitchcock-like suspense and squeezes in the ethinc conflict (Italians and Irish). Besides that, two lesser known actors, Billy Drago and Richard Bradford are good here as Capone's swift and vicious enforcer Frank Nitti and the police chief who tries to convince Malone to stay out of the battle between Ness and Capone. Screenwriter and Pulitzer-prize winner David Mamet wrote the maverlous script, Ennio Morricone conducts a priceless score, and Stephen H. Burum shows magnificant camera work. The movie is nearly made to perfection and shows De palma at his finest.

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