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Untouchable Gangster Classic,
This review is from: The Untouchables [DVD]  (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!