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February 6, 2017
Remains a classic mob flick as corruption still in grasp of modern times. Kevin Costner in his prime played Agent Ness, but it is Connery who steals the show as a veteran walk-beat cop Malone. Takes a vice adversary to make a great story, and the movie presented De Niro getting Al Capone role. The thrill ends long after the credit roll.

Ennio Morricone arranged the sound department, he did it so eloquently accompanying the scene here and there in harmony. We would reminisce his work later in Hateful Eight.

Dignity doesn't made up overnight, it needs a driven composure to persevere the integrity in the long shot.
½ February 4, 2017
Featuring one of Sean Connery's best performances, the film also boasts memorable shoot-outs including The Godfather meets Battleship Potempkin finale complete with falling pram. Interestingly, Clifton James (Sheriff J W Pepper from the Roger Moore Bonds) plays a lawyer.
January 30, 2017
The untouchables is a movie of sensibility and setting. It doesn't do much to heighten the graphic nature of living as a gangster, but it provides an epic plot to highlight the daring stand made by law enforcement during the prohibition act.
½ November 30, 2016
The Untouchables features a plot that has been done countless times, but executes firmly in Brian De Palma's slick direction, filling the movie with suspenseful moments, awesome shootouts, and well-rounded performances.
November 12, 2016
Violent, long and slow
½ October 12, 2016
An entertaining and very well directed gangster/crime thriller with excellent performances given by all cast members.
½ September 27, 2016
The Untouchables is a crime story following Eliot Ness and his rag-tag team of "untouchable" men who cannot be corrupted, in their mission to bring down gangster, Al Capone during 1930's Prohibition. The film is based off of the real Eliot Ness' memoir and is directed with ferociousness by Brian De Palma who crafts a gritty, street-level cop film that has a shaky first half, but really picks up momentum in the latter half and becomes something truly memorable. Kevin Costner leads the cast, including Andy Garcia, Charles Martin Smith, Patricia Clarkson, Robert De Niro as Al Capone, and Sean Connery as the fourth, and most bitter, member of the Untouchables in an Oscar-winning role! Connery really nails it as the take-no-shit, grump and easily steals the movie, De Niro on the opposite spectrum plays it over-the-top, though he's not in the film much so it's easy to look past. The real highlight of the film is the gritty violence and there are many stand-out moments, including a truly suspenseful sequence at a train station involving a big shoot-out and a runaway baby carriage! As mentioned, the first half of the film is a bit uneven, and most of that is due to the bizarre music choices that turn dramatic moments into cheesy, almost lighthearted affair and the constant tonal shifts really made it a struggle to connect with. All in all, The Untouchables is a pretty good cops vs. gangsters film and the period setting helps it tremendously. The acting is great, the directing is creative, and the shoot-outs are worth seeing!
August 7, 2016
Ambitious, flawed gangster film

The Untouchables might be said to be less than the sum of its parts. Certain of those parts are very good indeed: Sean Connery gives an Oscar winning performance as a street-wise Irish-American cop, Robert De Niro is unforgettable as Al Capone (though he's not actually on screen that much), the atmosphere of Prohibition-era Chicago is elaborately and convincingly realized, and certain of the cinematic set-pieces, like the justly famous midnight shoot-out in Chicago's train station, are about as good as they can be. But against this, Kevin Costner's performance as Eliot Ness is wooden, the scenes with his family seem too goody-goody, as if the film were straining to make a point of the decent values he's defending, and, with the exception of Connery's character, it's hard to feel much empathy with either the good guys or the bad guys. All in all, an ambitious film which ends up being a bravura piece of film making but a good, not great, gangster movie. Rated R for occasional language and lots of graphic violence. Available in various DVD issues, including a recent Blu-Ray; I saw it on the 2004 Paramount standard DVD Collector's Edition, and I thought the DVD quality was very good.
½ August 7, 2016
Shittiest and cringiest movie Ive ever seen in my life. 2 hours that I ll never gain again.
½ June 23, 2016
Well-acted albeit traditional crime story.
½ June 5, 2016
Entertaining film with an A-list cast. Fared better than Geraldo's special The Mystery of Al Capone's Vaults, which aired a year earlier.
May 30, 2016
Overall underwhelming. A-List actors don't bring anything remotely A-level. DePalma disappoints. At least Morricone delivers.
½ May 22, 2016
Classic Gangster film
Super Reviewer
May 20, 2016
Brian De Palma's magnum opus is a sensational motion picture epic that is meticulously crafted. It concerns the legendary Federal Agent Elliot Ness, marvelously played by Kevin Costner in his breakout, star-making performance. Taking place during the 30s Prohibition-era Chicago where he goes to war with police corruption and the mayhem caused by mob kingpin Al Capone, flamboyantly played by Robert De Niro, who perfectly captures the sinister charm and ruthlessness of Capone in a grand extended cameo. Ness learns the hard way that it won't be easy, so he enlists the help from an honest veteran beat cop named Jimmy Malone, brilliantly played by Sir Sean Connery in his memorable Academy Award winning performance, it is the film's best performance. Malone becomes a mentor to Ness, he teachers him his street smarts and how to get Capone, he tells Ness, "If he pulls a knife, you pull a gun, if 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. Andy Garcia delivers a superlative performance as George Stone, a police recruit and crack shot who is hired by Ness & Malone right out the Academy. Charles Martin Smith delivers a wonderfully amusing and endearing turn as nerdy FBI accountant, Oscar Wallace who after joining Ness' squad of Untouchables becomes a shotgun empowered badass, Smith is the delightful comic relief of the film. Great action sequences, and the period recreation is flawless. Beautifully directed by De Palma, with gorgeous cinematography by Stephen H. Burum, a captivating screenplay by David Mamet, magnificent production design by William A. Elliott, and a fabulous score by the great Enno Morricone. Without doubt De Palma's masterpiece. Highly Recommended.
May 9, 2016
this movie is so good even though it's soo old
Super Reviewer
May 2, 2016
An insultingly cartoonish simplification of America's prohibition era, that's irrevocably raped by the worlds worst actor, Kevin Costner. Definately the worst Brian de Palma ever. What the hell was he thinking??????? I mean the same guy made Scarface FFS. Not even Connery or De Niro can help pick up the pieces. Okay, I'll be fair, there is one good bit in this shit storm, the baby carriage scene, but that's it.
April 21, 2016
How violent are these mobsters? A pretty decent film nonetheless.
April 8, 2016
A very violent film, but well acted and directed.
Super Reviewer
March 13, 2016
Never seen this before but I really enjoyed it. I can see why many laud Kevin Costner's performance. A great cast and a classic movie.
½ March 3, 2016
The whole movie is just dumb and childish. Robert DeNiro doesnt give a damn. Apart from a couple of scenes where i must admit i was entertained, its an overrated film that has no subtlety.
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