The Untouchables 1987

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Kevin Costner stars as Eliot Ness, an idealistic Treasury official who vows to bring an end to Al Capone's (Robert De Niro) corrupt hold over Prohibition-era Chicago. To this end, Ness puts together an elite team of law-enforcement officers (played by Sean Connery, Andy Garcia and Charles Martin Smith), and begins making bold strikes at Capone's bootlegging operation.

Starring:
Patricia Clarkson, Jack Kehoe
Runtime:
1 hour 59 minutes

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The Untouchables

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime, Historical
Director Brian De Palma
Starring Patricia Clarkson, Jack Kehoe
Supporting actors Sean Connery, Billy Drago, Richard Bradford, Charles Martin Smith, Brad Sullivan, Kevin Costner, Andy Garcia, Robert De Niro
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By K. O'Leary on 30 Jan 2009
Format: Blu-ray
I have always thought of this film as unique amongst gangster flicks, it has all the violence of Goodfellas or Casino but feels more like a Disney adventure in spirit, especially the rather saccharine relationship Ness has with his prissy wife. Still, it paints a gritty and credible picture of life in depression era America, and the performances from the "all star" cast are superb, although the "making of" documentary is keen to point out that Costner and Garcia were unknowns at the time; you wouldn't know that to watch them though.

The DVD release of the film already had a cracking picture, and now it's made the leap to Blu-Ray it looks amazing. Although there was no make-over specifically for BRD, I believe there was a re-master for the DVD (although it is not mentioned on the cover), so I presume this will be the same print. The perception of depth in particular is striking, almost like 3D. There is detectable fine grain and plenty of detail also, so hopefully the anti-DNR mob won't be laying into it like they have done for Zulu. The sound is also superb, there are no HD tracks but the DTS option (1.5 mbs no less!) in particular is clear and punchy, lifting Morricone's excellent score to a higher level than the Dolby only DVD ever did.

There are no BRD exclusive extras I'm afraid; you only get exactly what was on the DVD, that'll do for me but others may be expecting more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 12 Jun 2007
Format: DVD
It is true that the story takes many liberties with the real-life accounts of Eliot Ness and Al Capone. Large portions of the film are radically altered for dramatic and narrative purposes. Many characters never existed. But, again, this is not a fault of the film. This movie does not purport to be a documentary or even a historical retelling of famous events: it is just a movie. Situations and events must be dramatized to create suspense, to draw out sympathies, to direct the audience's feelings. I have no problem with fictionalizing historical events for the purpose of the narrative; after all, films are only 'based' on a true story.

Kevin Costner and Sean Connery were both brilliant as was Robert De Niro,no one else could've done a better performance of Capone than De Niro. De Niro is brutal as hell in this film and yet he is charismatic and charming at the same time. Andy Garcia has a good minor role as a perfect sniper for the Untouchables while Charles Martin Smith is cheerful and funny as the slightly meek Oscar Wallace who becomes a tragic hero later on in the film.

Action-wise, The Untouchables is loaded. The most spectacular fight scenes in this movie are the Bridge battle, where little Oscar Wallace does an amazing performance, and the amazingly perfect Shootout in the Chicago Train Station which still surprises me every time I watch this film. The Tense music is perfect and the camera work is Hitchcockian. The only problem is Brian de Palma's tendency to bring the gore into his films. There's a lot of blood in this film and gets a little stomach-churning here and there. Despite that, The Untouchables rocks big time!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tangerine VINE VOICE on 18 July 2007
Format: DVD
I like this film. Kevin Costner plays the part of Eliot Ness who is intent on destroying Al Capone played by Robert De Niro and his criminal organisation. The film ticks along at a decent pace and Andy Garcia along with Sean Connery put in fine supporting performances. Connery actually puts in a lot of apparent effort into his role and the film benefits for it. You like the good guys and don't like the bad ones and this makes the end that little bit more satisfying. This film just relied on some decent performances which it got from its cast. Perhaps this is the lesson many of the films released today need to remember.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Newstead VINE VOICE on 7 Aug 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Well this is just the 24 carat gold business.
Beginning with Eliott Ness played fantastically by Kevin Costner getting a rum bust to Sean Connery interviewing an already dead guy and convincing people he is torturing him for information.

The villains of the piece are fantastic with Robert De Niro as Capone but also his side kick who takes a dive off a building at the end.

There are so many excellent set pieces and amazing lines especially from Connery about Italians taking knifes to a gun fight and the classic conversation in the church that persuades Ness to arrest Capone.

Oh dont forget the scene in slow motion with the pram bouncing down the stairs in the middle of the gunfight.

Just pure magic nothing else touches it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Cotonou on 6 Dec 2006
Format: DVD
The Untouchables. Many say that this film is a little out of it... They are so lying! Brian De Palmas classic has all the perks and realitys of pre-godfather era or prohibition era chicago. It begs for a completly surprising twist which is performed many a time by Sean connery and his gang of Cops who swear to take down Al capone. The scenes in this are immense. take the train steps scene. Guns blazing off at eachother, teamwork by 2 of the untochables off to kill a big fat bloke, whats more, we never expected that guy in the white suit to be pushed off an enormous building, Which gave a few laughs! De Niros acting shines again! His imitation of the greedy capone is awesome, no doubt. Its a wicked film. whatchable, fun and a great laugh. watch it. love it. own it.
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