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The Untouchables
ID:
1987
Comments:
Director: Brian De Palma
Screenplay: Oscar Fraley, Eliot Ness
Producer: Raymond Hartwick, Art Linson
Cast: Robert DeNiro, Sean Connery, Andy Garcia, Kevin Costner
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 119
Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: AC-3
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Features: Filmed in Chicago.

New featurettes: "The Cast, The Script," "Production Stories," "Reinventing the Genre," "The Classic"
Trailer
Studio:  Paramount DVD Region:  1 R
DVD Release:  Jun 2008 Discs:  1 (Blu-ray) [$21.99]
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Reviews:  As noted critic Pauline Kael wrote, the 1987 box-office hit "The Untouchables" is "like an attempt to visualize the public's collective dream of Chicago gangsters." In other words, this lavish reworking of the vintage TV series is a rousing potboiler from a bygone era, so beautifully designed and photographed--and so craftily directed by Brian De Palma--that the historical reality of Prohibition-era Chicago could only pale in comparison. From a script by David Mamet, the movie pits four underdog heroes against a singular villain in Al Capone, played menacingly by Robert De Niro. Kevin Costner is the naive federal agent Eliot Ness, whose lack of experience is tempered by the streetwise alliance of a seasoned Chicago cop (Sean Connery), a rookie marksman (Andy Garcia), and an accountant (Charles Martin Smith) who holds the key to Capone's potential downfall. The movie approaches greatness on the strength of its set pieces, such as the siege near the Canadian border, the venal ambush at Connery's apartment, and the train-station shootout.
It's thrilling stuff, fueled by Ennio Morricone's dynamic score, but it's also manipulative and obvious. If you're inclined to be critical, the movie gives you reason to complain. If you'd rather sit back and enjoy a first-rate production with an all-star cast, The Untouchables may very well strike you as a classic.


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