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Decca 18864: Prisoner Of Love / I Cover The Waterfront by Ink Spots
As noted critic Pauline Kael wrote, the 1987 box-office hit The Untouchables is "like an attempt to visualize the public's collective dream of Chicago gangsters." In other words, this lavish reworking of the vintage TV series is a rousing potboiler from a bygone era, so beautifully designed and photographed--and so craftily directed by Brian De Palma--that the historical reality of Prohibition-era Chicago could only pale in comparison. From a script by David Mamet, the movie pits four underdog heroes (the maverick lawmen known as the Untouchables) against a singular villain in Al Capone, played by Robert De Niro as a dapper caesar holding court (and a baseball bat) against any and all challengers. Kevin Costner is the naive federal agent Eliot Ness, whose lack of experience is tempered by the streetwise alliance of a seasoned Chicago cop (Sean Connery, in an Oscar-winning performance), a rookie marksman (Andy Garcia), and an accountant (Charles Martin Smith) who holds the key to Capone's potential downfall. The movie approaches greatness on the strength of its set pieces, such as the siege near the Canadian border, the venal ambush at Connery's apartment, and the train-station shootout partially modeled after the "Odessa steps" sequences of the Russian classic Battleship Potemkin. It's thrilling stuff, fueled by Ennio Morricone's dynamic score, but it's also manipulative and obvious. If you're inclined to be critical, the movie gives you reason to complain. If you'd rather sit back and enjoy a first-rate production with an all-star cast, The Untouchables may very well strike you as a classic. --Jeff Shannon
Best suggestion is to do what my son did & go digital. no more worries about scratched or broken disc. go to someplace like www.vudu.comPublished 2 days ago by Cathy S. Tachera
Among the best in the Golden Era of Gangster Movies! I salute Robert De Niro for his superb and award winning portrayal of one of the most notorious gangsters that has walked in... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Jesus Barker
While this movie was good, I thought it was missing something. I would have preferred it was closer to the original TV show with more cars and action like the original show had.Published 10 days ago by Philly G.
Okay I am beating a dead-horse because the this is a little under DVD quality. I would not buy the Blue ray just stick to the regular DVD.Published 15 days ago by Dereck C.
As one who grew up with the TV series, I like the whole story as portrayed in this movie. It totally captured the flavor of the ups and downs of the "Untouchables" in their... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Rocky Loves Music
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Agreed. I too hate this cover art. It looks extra cheesy and absolutely aesthetically inadequate for a movie this good. I bought the blu-ray and kinda want to return it it looks so fugly. Oh well. At least The Untouchables still kicks balls.
PS - Kevin Costner's hand does look absurdly fake on... Read More
Sep 12, 2011 by Filling the Void | See all 4 posts