The Untouchables

The Untouchables

DVD - 2000 | Widescreen version
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A fierce, larger-than-life depiction of the mob warlord who ruled Prohibition-era Chicago and the law enforcer who vowed to bring him down.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, c2000
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD U DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9780792167211
079216721X

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A now iconic film to most people because of the plot and especially the performances of both Sean Connery (which won him his only Oscar) and Robert De Niro, but iconic to me because of the great, timeless Chicago locations. There are so many local haunts here, it would be impossible to name them ... Read More »


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New2Columbia2016
Oct 10, 2020

Too much graphic violence for me . . . no need for that to tell the story.

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N13m4nd
Dec 02, 2019

There isn’t a dull moment in this classic gangster film. There is a fair amount of violence, but it isn’t the action that keeps the film moving. Instead, it’s the terrific cast making whatever they’re doing engrossing which drives the story along without pause. Kevin Kostner is the good cop learning when he must fight dirty or lose, Sean Connery is the cynical cop relearning why he wanted to fight the good fight, Andy Garcia is the earnest rookie getting the chance to become one of the heroes he grew up admiring, and Robert De Niro is the villain who feels it is his right to own whatever he is strong enough to take. There are tense moments and comedic moments, a tragic scene or two, and a couple of gunfights. And one of the gunfights is the now-classic scene where the federal agents stand-off with the criminals over a baby carriage which has gotten lose and is rolling down the stairs. Sean Connery won best supporting actor for this authentic-seeming period piece, which was written by David Mamet and directed by Brian De Palma. (This larger-than-life version is somewhat different from the historical events.)

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greatflicks
Aug 18, 2019

My first 5 star rating this year, why you ask? It was a very good movie with wonderful acting and a true story. We just loved it.

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RoyalJellyIII
Nov 29, 2018

The Untouchables is one of the best movies of the '80's, gathering some of the finest actors of of all generations - Sean Connery, Robert DeNiro, Kevin Costner and Andy Garcia - in a memorable piece of cinema that has only grown better with age.
Perhaps De Palma's masterpiece, The Untouchables won the Academy's hearts and Sean Connery finally got his Oscar, which was long overdue, for the role of a tough but honored beat cop.
Fast-paced, it's filled with action, but it's never action-driven, sometimes slowing down to present the viewers with good moments of intimacy between the characters - like when the Untouchables are celebrating after their first case, or between Ness and his family.
DeNiro gives a brilliant performance as a ruthless Al Capone who thinks he's above law and will do anything to keep it away from him.
Even in the hands of De Palma this movie could have failed, were it not for a very intelligent script filled with catchy one-liners and well-thought dialogues.
Finally, the score adds a lot to the movie's strength, either assisting the action during the shootouts, or just using a more depressing tone when the movie slows down to a more emotional feel.
10 out of 10, a movie that everyone who likes thrillers shouldn't miss.

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catherinemiller
Nov 28, 2018

Notes from watching Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables. Look at the way Eliot Ness’s egotistical behavior ends up making the situation worse. The Alcoholic’s Anonymous Big Book warns us against this. Look at page 60 through 62 of the A. A. Big Book. Before we work the A.A. steps, we end up making the situation worse, even when our intentions are good. For example, Ness kills Frank Nitty before he can testify in court. Ness kills him because Nitty insults Malone. If Ness could just have set his ego aside and waited, Nitty’s testimony would have taken out a corrupt judge and jury. Ness’s self-willed behavior leads to the unnecessary death of many people. The final scene in which Ness responds to a newsman that he plans to take a drink of alcohol, drives the nail home. Al Capone's conduct may indeed be despicable, but he still has the right to a vigorous defense in a court of law. I find it particularly interesting that this movie portrays Malone and Ness as having no recourse against Capone except to break the law themselves in an attempt to put him in prison. In particular, after the Hill Street Blues's 1980's television show's portrayal of criminals as all bad, and then also portraying police as having the right to engage in any conduct necessary, including breaking the law themselves to catch people they hate, to be an especially good comment on our current times. The police must follow the law, or we descend into anarchy.

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Sandy17116
Jul 13, 2018

Very good movie.

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patch666
Jun 10, 2018

" just like a wop bringing a knife to a gun fight" ~ classic film . Chicago looks great !!!!! 420

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SweetLadyBug
Apr 10, 2018

Good movie. I wish more was shown about Capones character in depth.

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ManMachine
Mar 12, 2018

"Batter up!!"

Seriously, folks! - I can't seem to make up my mind which actors' character portrayal in "The Untouchables" annoyed me the most.

But, it was definitely a 50/50 toss-up between the likes of that smirking braggart, Robert De Niro, and his despicable "Al Capone" stand-up comedy schtick. - (or) - That gutless, Kevin Costner, and his goodie-2-shoes "Elliot Ness" with his sappy "Ward & June Cleaver" family life (thrown in for good measure).

Anyway - This $25 million period Crime-Drama (from 1987) certainly had both its good points, as well as its not-so-good points, too.

Set in a crime-riddled Chicago (1930) during Prohibition - I thought that some of the excellent outdoor location shooting and the wonderful vintage cars were a real welcome asset to this somewhat heavy-handed "Brian De Palma" production.

But, on the other side of the coin - I rank the painfully prolonged "baby carriage" scene as being one of the stupidest moments of ridiculously sustained drama ever recorded onto celluloid. Ever.

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owlknight29
Mar 30, 2017

It was an interesting show.
Now I am don't have a mind for business, and I had trouble following along in some points.
This movie I think if you like business and can understand it and its politics, this is a movie for you. For others it could be a snoresfest.

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owllover Nov 03, 2011

Coarse Language: Just about every bad word

owllover Nov 03, 2011

Violence: Quite bloody

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aaa5756 Jun 26, 2013

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

Sunnchilde Sep 04, 2011

"You open the door on these people Mr. Ness, you better be prepared to go ALL the way. Because they won't stop -- until one of you is dead."

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aaa5756 Jun 26, 2013

A++ for FRONTLINE and PBS

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