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The Untouchables 1987

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(143) IMDb 8/10

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.

Kevin Costner, Sean Connery
1 hour, 59 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime, Historical
Director Brian De Palma
Starring Kevin Costner, Sean Connery
Supporting actors Charles Martin Smith, Andy Garcia, Robert De Niro, Richard Bradford, Jack Kehoe, Brad Sullivan, Billy Drago, Patricia Clarkson, Vito D'Ambrosio, Steven Goldstein, Peter Aylward, Don Harvey, Robert Swan, John J. Walsh, Del Close, Colleen Bade, Greg Noonan, Sean Grennan
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 24 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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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By IP TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
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Though there are certain historical liberties taken with the story of the Untouchables taking down Al Capone, this film is completely forgiven. It's a historical period piece, an action film, and a gangster crime film all rolled up into one. Whether or not Al Capone was justified in breaking the Volstead Act and bringing alcohol into the Chicago streets is history's burden, but the violence exacted upon his enemies was the same as a warlord, and for that the audience wants to see him go down. Seeing Eliot Ness (Costner) take Capone (De Niro) down was a sweet victory, in a film fraught with the deaths of many. The crusade that the Untouchables took on, risking their own lives to their detriment, was personal and heroic, and this film shows that. Not only that but every one of them is defined as an action hero, though some of them may be accountants, other beat cops. Every scene is artfully done, whether they're at the battle on the bridge, or the nod to "Battleship Potemkin" at the train station, or the rooftop chase, it's a sweetly crafted ode to these heroes, and the lives that they lived and lost. It's a really cool movie, and for a period piece, that's pretty difficult to pull off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Thumwood on 9 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD
Having watched this film again many years after I last saw it I was forced to review my first impressions of this film because there are moments in this effort of pure panache. However, I remain convinced by the fact that the period detail is a bit odd with the costumes and even glasses looking markedly more 1980's than the 1930's! In fact, there is almost the veneer of a pop video about this film dispite some strong performances from Sean Connery (who steals the show) and Robert De Niro.

As an action film, this is terrific, if often violent. The shoot out in the train station is transformed in to an act of ballet with a pram tumbling down a flight of stairs and the protatonists shooting at each other from behind the columns. This scene is nothing short of incredible. The cast generally works well as an ensemble even if Kevin Costner seems somewhat dull and uninteresting in the lead. It seems wiered looking back these days that he managed to front so many films throughout the 1990's although he lacked charisma. This is a better performance from him despite my reservations. Oddily, it is the grandiose settings that arrest more than anything else and there are few films where such stunning architecture has dominated a film. Coupled with Ennio Morricone's brilliant film score, "The Untouchables" gives the impression of perhaps being more monumental than it should be and I don't think this film is quite as good as it could have been.

All in all, this is an entertaining if bloody film but is maybe undone by the excesses of the time. Granted it is often a feat for these eyes, but the attention to style as opposed to exactly nailing the period detail sometimes makes this film look like a video for a Kid Creole and the Cocoanuts song as opposed t the blistering gangster film it could have been. Much better than my initial recollection, however.
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