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The Untouchables (DVD)

Kevin Costner is idealistic federal agent Eliot Ness, whose assignment to clean up Prohibition-era Chicago leads to violence and manly questions about...

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“Almost Untouchable”

published 06/07/2005

ProBeautiful score, comic-like adventure, unforgettab...

ConsSimplified characters, cheesy dialogue

It's prohibition time in Chicago, and you can't get a drink anywhere! Unless you're buddies with Al Capone (Robert De Niro) - everyone knows he's responsible for various evil acts - murder, organised crime, but the worst of all, it seems, he's not paying his taxes! Unfortunately no-one can prove...

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Super

ProGreat characters, good storyline, brutal enough to...

ConsStarts a little slow, could be a little brutal for...

The Untouchables is a Crime Drama featuring Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Charles Martin Smith and Andy Garcia as The Untouchables and Robert De Niro as Al Capone. The Untouchables is set in America during the time of prohibition, the 1920s. Prohibition made it illegal to buy, sell or make alcohol...

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Satisfactory

ProSuave and stylish; Sean Connery; can be appreciate...

ConsShallow; wooden script; glorifies crime; light-vie...

Some films appeal to a common audience because they're accessible, easy-viewing and dramatic. Brian De Palma's the Untouchables is one of these sorts of films, a production widely regarded as a classic, one of the best films of the 1980s. From the perspective of a filmmaker, however, the...

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Excellent

“An untouchable film”

published 21/10/2009

ProAll star cast who deliver stellar performances, gr...

ConsA few very bloody moments

This has been as a classic for a long time but until recently I had yet to see it. Fortunately you can purchase this very cheaply and by the end of this review I will have outlined why it is a recommended purchase. The film is set in the city of Chicago where crime, bribery and general corruption...

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Excellent

ProGreat direction, acting, music and camera work

ConsNothing

This 1987 film tells the story of how Eliot Ness tackled the crime in Chicago during the Prohibition Era. In the 1930s, the city finds itself overrun with crime, and protection money. So called business 'taxes' are what the criminals impose on shop owners and various small businesses. The top dog...

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“True(ish) story of Al Capone”

published 30/04/2006

ProRobert De Niro and Kevin Costner

ConsSean Connery dodgy accent

During the late 1920's The United States was under prohibition which made alcohol illegal as a result there were fortunes to be made by the underworld and the biggest gangster of the time was Al Capone. The Untouchables is based on true events, however many of the events have been somewhat...

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Excellent

ProNone

ConsNone

“He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send on of his to the morgue! That’s the Chicago way, and that's how you get Capone!” Sean Connery delivers one of the best lines of the film that also sums up the gritty 1930’s Chicago atmosphere. The Untouchables is a gangster movie from the side of...

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Good

ProGreat script, acting and plot. Super music.

ConsNo extra features

I don't know why I was drawn to The Untouchables all those years ago - I wasn't a particularly big fan of De Palma, De Niro or Costner. In fact, as far as I was concerned, the only big draw was the presence of Sean Connery. However, one viewing was enough and I can safely say that this now ranks...

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Excellent

ProGreat movie

ConsNone

Plot It has been years since I had watched this movie, so when I pulled it out of a box stashed away at the back of my wardrobe I instantly fancied watching it. Untouchables is an epic gangster flick, with a great cast and fantastic story line. The movie is set in Chicago in America during...

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Good

ProStylish, good Score, good support acting from Garc...

ConsReeks of 80s dynamism, too sincere, lacks heart & ...

A fairly humdrum retelling of the Chicago gangster wars of the 20s & 30s and in particular Federal Agent, Elliot Ness' (Kevin Costner) long term battle bringing top gangster Al Capone (Robert De Niro) to book on a range of charges from murder, prohibition & bootlegging to his eventual downfall of...

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Excellent

ProGreat movie

ConsPoor Sean

With a cast including Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Andy Garcia and Kevin Costner this film was always going to be worth watching. Brian De Palma is an excellent director and he certainly manages a masterpiece here. This is a film in which it could be argued that Connery gives his best ever...

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Super

“Gangster Wars re-visited”

published 03/09/2007

Prothriller,action adventure

Consbrooding,violent

I first saw this fim when I was a student about 20 years ago. I rented it from easy cinema to compare it with other gangster films I have in my collection. The film is basicaly about the confontation between Al Capone and prohibition era law enforcers. The film was made in 1987 by Brian De Palma...

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“The Untouchables - classic?”

published 16/03/2004

Progood cast

Conskevin costner is a bit wooden

The 1987 box-office hit "The Untouchables" is a reworking of the TV series . It is craftily directed by Brian De Palma so that the historical reality of the prohibition era in Chicago could only pale in comparison. From a script by David Mamet, the movie puts four unlikely heroes (the newly...

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Excellent

“The Untouchables”

published 25/03/2011

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The Untouchables is a film for people aged 15 and over beacause of the violence. The film which was made in 1986 is a brilliant film made by Brian De Palma. The film stars Kevin Costner, Charles Martin Smith, Andy Garcia, Robert De Niro and Sean Connery. The film is based in the 30's and is based...

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Kevin Costner is idealistic federal agent Eliot Ness, whose assignment to clean up Prohibition-era Chicago leads to violence and manly questions about upholding the law. Initially powerless to stop the flow of booze into the city (the police force is corrupt and everyone in town seems to be on the mob's payroll), Ness finds guidance from an older streetwise cop (Sean Connery, who won an Academy Award for this role) who convinces him he'll need to break some rules if he wants to bring down head mobster Al Capone (Robert De Niro). Andy Garcia and Charles Martin Smith play Ness's other recruits, who together must stand tall against a city full of assassins. Director Brian De Palma (MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE) packs the film with violence and creative camera movements while David Mamet's intelligent script capably dodges cliche at every turn. There's a real sense of what's at stake for these characters on a personal level, which contrasts nicely with the futility inherent in enforcing Prohibition in the first place. The film is based on the autobiographical book by Ness (cowritten with Oscar Fraley) and the 1959-63 TV series; Ennio Morricone (THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY) composed the uninhibitedly bombastic score.

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