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The Untouchables (1987)

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Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team.

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Police Chief Mike Dorsett
Jack Kehoe ...
Walter Payne
Brad Sullivan ...
George
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Bowtie Driver
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Lt. Anderson
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Officer Preseuski
Robert Swan ...
Mountie Captain
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Storyline

Federal agent Elliot Ness assembles a personal team of mob fighters to bring Chicago crime boss Al Capone to justice using unconventional means during the mob wars of the 1920s. This fictionalized account of the arrest of Al Capone is heavy on style and gunfire. The end shootout combines a baby carriage and stairs with a nod to Eisenstein's _The Battleship Potemkin_. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Never stop fighting till the fight is done See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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3 June 1987 (USA)  »

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Los intocables  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$76,270,454 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Fashion icon Giorgio Armani, who provided the costumes for the film, told Brian De Palma that he should cast Don Johnson as Eliot Ness. Johnson wore Armani on TV every week on Miami Vice (1984), and Armani called Johnson his 'male muse'. See more »

Goofs

A street shot of Malone's house shows the crossroads are Racine and Harrison. Harrison is an East/West street and has a designation of 600 S. The address of the house shown in the film is 1634 Racine. More accurately, it should be listed in the upper 500s or lower 600s, as in 602 S Racine. Or alternatively, the cross streets should have been shown as Racine and W 16th Street. See more »

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Title Card: 1930. Prohibition has transformed Chicago into a City at War. Rival gangs compete for control of the city's billion dollar empire of illegal alcohol, enforcing their will with the hand grenade and tommy gun. It is the time of the Ganglords. It is the time of Al Capone.
Reporter: [to Al Capone] An article, which I believe appeared in a newspaper, asked why, since you are, or it would seem that you are, in effect, the mayor of Chicago, you've not simply been appointed to that position.
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Crazy Credits

The title of the aria "Vesti la giubba" from Leoncavallo's opera "Pagliacci" is misspelled in the closing credits of the film: "Vesti la guibba". See more »

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MOOD INDIGO
Written by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills and Barney Bigard
Arranged by Bob Wilber
Courtesy of Wilkes College Jazz Archives
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Finally, it's out of the top 250, do you agree??!
8 April 2005 | by (United States NEWYORK/ASTORIA) – See all my reviews

by - ultrajagger1 Report Abuse

no usually when i see a post like this, i might ignore it and see the movie anyway. Well believe me, heed THIS warning. The Untouchables looks like a very slick classy classic. It is not.

It is cheap, with painfully dumb scripts and dumber acting, of course followed up by Sean Connery's 'i'm a great wise guy actor' role.

This is film is insulting to intelligence. One minute, they will be busting speak easys in the heart of chicago, then it will cut to them on horseback somewhere in the West, foiling an alcohol import. What's more this film tries to lace with humour and it ends up being indecisive whether it is trying to be a shocking gangster movie or a cheap gun toting knock off, reminiscent of Mcguiver. (spelling)

7.8- i give 3. De Niro even fails to deliver in this movie mainly down to the weak and implausible scripts, the actors look uncomfortable and stupid on camera like you would remember acting back in Junior School.

Go ahead if you like, but prepare to switch off.

If you want to see a movie unrecognized, but is truly magnificent, and in my opinion thee most underrated movie of all time i urge you to see Contact.

Do not be put off by its IMDb rating, in fact don't bother looking just see it. TRUST ME THat was by ultrajagger1. BUT THE BOTTOM IS BY ME!

THE MOVIE IS OUT OF THE TOp 250 AND RIGHTFULLY SO, it Stinks!


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