The Untouchables (1987) Poster

Sean Connery: Jim Malone



  • Malone : [talking privately in a church]  You said you wanted to get Capone. Do you really wanna get him? You see what I'm saying is, what are you prepared to do?

    Ness : Anything within the law.

    Malone : And *then* what are you prepared to do? If you open the can on these worms you must be prepared to go all the way. Because they're not gonna give up the fight, until one of you is dead.

    Ness : I want to get Capone! I don't know how to do it.

    Malone : You wanna know how to get Capone? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. *That's* the *Chicago* way! And that's how you get Capone. Now do you want to do that? Are you ready to do that? I'm offering you a deal. Do you want this deal?

    Ness : I have sworn to capture this man with all legal powers at my disposal and I will do so.

    Malone : Well, the Lord hates a coward.

    [jabs Ness with his hand, and Ness shakes it] 

    Malone : Do you know what a blood oath is, Mr. Ness?

    Ness : Yes.

    Malone : Good, 'cause you just took one.

  • Malone : [at the police training academy]  Why do you want to join the force?

    George Stone : To protect the property and citizenry of...

    Malone : Ah, don't waste my time with that bullshit. Where you from, Stone?

    George Stone : I'm from the south-side.

    Malone : Stone. George Stone. That's your name? What's your real name?

    George Stone : That is my real name.

    Malone : Nah. What was it before you changed it?

    George Stone : Giuseppe Petri.

    Malone : Ah, I knew it. That's all you need, one thieving wop on the team.

    George Stone : Hey, what's that you say?

    Malone : I said that you're a lying member of a no good race.

    George Stone : [He cuffs Stone across the face. As he draws back his arm again, Stone presses a gun under his chin]  Much better than you, you stinking Irish shit pig.

    Malone : Oh, I like him.

    Ness : [Ness looking a bit nervous and Malone smiling at Stone]  Yeah I like him too.

  • Malone : [to Ness on the walkway underneath a bridge]  You just fulfilled the first rule of law enforcement: make sure when your shift is over you go home alive. Here endeth the lesson.

  • Malone : Why do you want to be a police officer?

    Williamson : To protect the... people and the... p...

    Malone : I'm not looking for the "yearbook" answer. Why do you want to join the force.

    Williamson : The force?

    Malone : Yeah, why do you want to join the force.

    Williamson : Because... I...

    Malone : Yeah?

    Williamson : ...think I could help.

    Malone : You think you could help.

    Williamson : ...with the force.

    Malone : Thank you very much, you've been most helpful.

    [Williamson leaves] 

    Malone : [to Ness]  There goes the next chief of police.

  • Malone : [on the walkway underneath a bridge]  OK, pal, why the mahaska? Why are you carrying the gun?

    Ness : I'm a treasury officer.

    Malone : Alright. Just remember what we talked about now.

    [Malone walks away] 

    Ness : Hey, wait a minute! What the hell kind of policemen you got in this god damn city? You just turned your back on an armed man.

    Malone : You're a treasury officer.

    Ness : How do you know that? I just told you that.

    Malone : Who would claim to be that who was not? Hmm?

  • Malone : [to Ness as they assemble their team]  If you're afraid of getting a rotten apple, don't go to the barrel. Get it off the tree.

  • Malone : [to Ness while they wait in a cabin for Capone's shipment of liquor coming through Canada]  Don't wait for it to happen. Don't even want it to happen. Just watch what does happen.

  • Malone : [upon meeting each other for the first time]  You, you carry a badge?

    Agent Oscar Wallace : Yes?

    Malone : [gives him a shotgun]  Carry a gun.

  • Malone : [to Capone's bookmaker with Oscar and Ness present inside the cabin on the Canadian countryside]  You're muckin' with a G here, pal!

  • Ness : [Ness has just shot a gangster after the Canadian border raid while they stand outside the cabin]  I had to kill him.

    Malone : Oh, yeah. He's as dead as Julius Caesar... Would you rather it was you?

    Ness : No, I would not.

    Malone : Well, then, you've done your job. Go home and sleep well tonight.

  • Malone : [holding him against the window of the cabin in Canada]  You're gonna talk, pal. You're gonna beg to talk. Because somebody's going to talk!

    [walks out of the shack, and holds the dead body of a gangster Ness shot] 

    Malone : Hey you, on your feet! We need you to translate this book! And I'm not going to ask you a second time! I'm gonna count to three.

    [places gun in the gangster's mouth] 

    Malone : What's the matter? Can't you talk with a gun in your mouth? One... two... THREE!

    [pulls trigger] 

    George : [screams]  Don't! Okay! I'm going to talk! I'll tell you whatever you want! What do you want to know?

  • Malone : [after a plan intercepting Capone's shipment of liquor through Canada goes wrong]  Oh what the hell? You gotta die of something.

  • Malone : [firing his gun to stop a suspect from running from away from him in the Canadian countryside]  All right! Enough of this running shit!

  • Ness : [looking at a gold chain Malone is holding while they celebrate after a successful liquor raid]  What is that?

    Malone : Ah, I'm among the heathen. That is my call box key, and that... is my St. Jude medallion.

    Ness : Saint who?

    George Stone : Santo Jude. The patron saint of lost causes.

    Malone : And policemen.

    Ness : Well, which are we, gentlemen - policemen, or lost causes?

  • Malone : [stopping at a post office]  Well, here we are.

    Ness : What are we doing here?

    Malone : Liquor raid.

    Ness : [looking at the police station across the street]  Here?

    Malone : Mr. Ness, everybody knows where the booze is. The problem isn't finding it, the problem is who wants to cross Capone.

  • Ness : [confronting Capone at the entrance to a hotel]  Come on Capone! You wanna fight? You wanna settle it right now? Right here? Let's go!

    Capone : Listen to me here! You ain't got nothin' on me, nothin'! You're just a cop! Fuck you and your family!

    Ness : Fuh... know what?

    [Ness goes to pull his gun, Capone's goons pull their guns and point them at Ness] 

    Malone : Not now Eliot, not now.

    [Malone grabs Ness] 

  • Malone : [Mike is unwilling to disclose the information of Walter Payne]  I need to know where this guy is! And I need to know NOW! Or I'm gonna rat you out for all the shit I know that you've done in your life! I'm going to turn you over!

    Police Chief Mike Dorsett : [icily]  This is a dead man talking to me, Jimmy.

    Malone : Is it?

    Police Chief Mike Dorsett : [muttering]  You're dead.

    [they fight until Mike gets the upper hand] 

    Police Chief Mike Dorsett : Who the hell do you think you are? I'll have your ass hanging from a flagpole in the morning!

    Malone : [Malone kicks Mike in the groin, pins him to a wall and point his gun at him]  Let's cut the wolfing, pal! You tell me, or you're going to the hospital or the fucking morgue!

  • Malone : [Ness and Malone are at the training academy looking for new recruits for their special "Untouchables" unit, Stone approaches and Malone asks him while looking down at his clipboard]  Why do you want to join the force?

    George Stone : To protect the property and the citizenry of the city...

    Malone : [interrupts, annoyed]  Oh, please, don't waste my time with that bullshit...

    [he looks up and sees Stone for the first time, noticing his dark complexion and slick black hair] 

    Malone : Where are you from, Stone?

    George Stone : From the south side.

    Malone : [clarifying]  "Stone"? "George Stone"? That's your name? What's your *real* name?

    George Stone : That is my real name.

    Malone : Nah. What was it before you changed it?

    George Stone : [long uncomfortable pause and then]  Giuseppe Petri.

    Malone : [turns to Ness]  Jeez, I knew it! That's all you need is one thieving wop on the team!

    George Stone : [stunned and offended but remaining calm, Stone pats him coolly on the back to get his attention]  Hey...

    [Malone turns back around to face him] 

    George Stone : What's that you said?

    Malone : [poking him belligerently in the chest with his clipboard]  I said that you're a lying member of a no-good race.

    George Stone : [Stone angrily slaps the clipboard out of his hands; Malone goes for a melee weapon on his person but Stone already has his revolver pointed right under Malone's chin and fiercely says to him]  It's much better than you, you stinkin' Irish pig.

    Malone : [suddenly Malone is quite amused, saying to Ness]  Oh, I like him.

    Ness : [nervously]  Yeah, I like him, too.

    Malone : [Stone draws back his weapon and Malone says to him]  You just joined the treasury department, son.

    George Stone : [both smile and shake hands]  Yeah, okay.

  • [Malone, dying of multiple gunshot wounds, reaches for something on the floor] 

    Ness : What? What do you want? This?

    [Ness grabs Malone's St. Jude medallion and hands it to him, but Malone throws it aside and reaches for a railway timetable] 

    Malone : [pointing, wheezing]  Book... book...

    Ness : The bookkeeper?

    Malone : Bookkeeper! Now... *what are you prepared to do?*

    [Malone dies] 

  • Malone : [to Ness]  Welcome to Chicago.This town stinks like a whorehouse at low tide.

  • Malone : Isn't that just like a wop.

    Hoods : [He starts backing away from Malone] 

    Malone : Brings a knife to a gun fight.

    Hoods : [He backs away faster] 

    Malone : Get outta here you Dago Bastard!

    Hoods : [He runs out the door of Malone's home] 

    Malone : Go on get your ass outta here!

  • Malone : [On a liquor raid. With his hand on the door]  If you walk through this door now, you're walking into a world of trouble. And there's no turning back. You understand?

    Ness : [Nods]  Yes I do.

    [Pumps his shotgun] 

    Ness : Good.


    Ness : Get me that ax.

  • Malone : [Repeated line to Ness]  what are you prepared to do?

  • Malone : First, who can you trust?

    [Ness starts to answer but Malone interrupts him] 

    Malone : Nobody. The cops, nobody. 'Cause nobody wants you here.

    Ness : Then why are you helping me?

    Malone : Because I swore to uphold the law. And if you believe that, I'll tell you another. Now, who can you trust?

    Ness : [resigned]  I can trust nobody.

    Malone : That's the sorry truth.

  • Malone : [Enters the liquor cache and fires into the air]  Federal officers!

    Ness : Get your hands in the air! Nobody move!

    Malone : This is a raid!

    Ness : Everybody into the center of the room!

    Baseball Bat Victim : What are you doing here?

    Malone : All this stuff is impounded! You're all under arrest!

    Baseball Bat Victim : Hey, this isn't right! Hey, this is no good!

    [Points at Malone's face] 

    Baseball Bat Victim : You got a warrant?

    Malone : Sure, here's my warrant!

    [Punches him twice in the stomach. He collapses] 

    Malone : How do you think he feels now? Better? Or worse?

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