105 Must See Films, Uncategorized

105 Must See Movies: The Untouchables (1987)

the untouchables

Starring: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert Di Niro, Andy Garcia

Director: Brian De Palma

During the Prohibition Era in Chicago, Al Capone (Di Niro) was king, running the town through organised crime and bribery, supplying liquor from across the Canadian border. In order to clean up this corruption, a man called Eliot Ness (Costner) was brought in, a man who, with his small team, was Untouchable and could not be bribed or threatened.

The story shows how his fight for what was right effected his career, his growing family, and his men, but his determination and goodness are an inspiring story.

It’s a Must See Because: The film feels larger than life sometimes, with it’s sweeping shots and action set pieces, as well as the menacing performance of Di Niro, whose presence dominates the film. The music is big. The locations and sets are big. The stakes are big. And the homage to Eisenstein’s pram on the steps sequence is beautiful. A lovely, emotive film.

See It If: you like gangster movies or big, dramatic cinema.


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