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The Untouchables

The Untouchables

The Untouchables

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1987 / 119min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: BRIAN DE PALMA

CAST: KEVIN COSTNER, SEAN CONNERY, ROBERT DE NIRO

SCREENPLAY - DAVID MAMET
MUSIC - ENNIO MORRICONE

De Palma collaborates with De Niro for the first time in seventeen years, casting him as a terrifying, baseball-bat wielding Al Capone. Kevin Costner is law enforcement agent Eliot Ness, who bands up with veteran Irish-American cop Jimmy Malone (Sean Connery, in an Oscar-winning role) to bring Capone down, any way they can (which ultimately involves accounting). It’s beautiful classical filmmaking, punctuated by bursts of De Palma dazzle, including the towering, Battleship Potemkin–inspired Union Station staircase shoot-out, which De Palma dreamed up in a single day when a previously devised set piece was scuttled at the last moment. A complete blockbuster, an adult cartoon, violent and exhilarating.