The Untouchables (1987)
Front Cover Actor
Richard Bradford Mike
Patricia Clarkson Catherine Ness
Sean Connery Jim Malone
Kevin Costner Eliot Ness
Robert De Niro Al Capone
Billy Drago Frank Nitti
Andy Garcia George Stone
Jack Kehoe Walter Payne
Charles Martin Smith Oscar Wallace
Brad Sullivan George
Movie Details
Genre Crime; Drama
Director Brian De Palma; Brian DePalma
Producer Art Linson
Writer Oscar Fraley; Eliot Ness
Studio Paramount
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 119 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 7.8
Like the TV series that shared the same title, The Untouchables (1987) was an account of the battle between gangster Al Capone and lawman Eliot Ness, this time in the form of a feature film boasting big stars, a big budget, and a script from respected playwright David Mamet. Kevin Costner stars as Ness, a federal agent who has come to Chicago during the Prohibition Era, when corruption in the local police department is rampant. His mission is to put crime lord Capone (Robert DeNiro) out of business, but Capone is so powerful and popular that Ness is not taken seriously by the law or the press. One night, discouraged, he meets a veteran patrolman, Jimmy Malone (Sean Connery), and discovers that the acerbic Irishman is the one honest man he's been seeking. Malone has soon helped Ness recruit a gunslinger rookie, George Stone (Andy Garcia) and, joined by nebbish accountant Oscar Wallace (Charles Martin Smith), the men doggedly pursue Capone and his illegal interests. At first a laughingstock, Ness soon has Capone outraged over his and Malone's sometimes law-bending tactics, and the vain mobster strikes back in vicious style. Ultimately, it is the most unexpected and minor of crimes, tax evasion, which proves Capone's undoing. All of the credits for The Untouchables boasted big names, including music from Ennio Morricone and costumes by Giorgio Armani. Director Brian DePalma continued his tradition of including a homage to past masters of the cinema with a taut stairway shoot-out reminiscent of a similar sequence in Sergei Eisenstein's The Battleship Potemkin (1925). — Karl Williams
Personal Details
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Collection Status In Collection
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Product Details
Format DVD
Region 4
UPC 097360188646
Release Date 8/13/2002
Subtitles English; Croatian; French; Greek; Hebrew; Italian; Portuguese; Slovenian; Spanish
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby