20 February 2011

The Untouchables (1987)

Malone: You wanna know how to get Capone? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue.

The Untouchables is a story of Chicago.  Its a story of right vs. wrong.  Its a story of criminals and cops.

Kevin Costner plays Eliot Ness, a Federal Agent tasked with bringing down Al Capone, brought to cinematic life by Mr. Robert De Niro.  Rounding out the cast is Sean Connery as Malone, and a young Andy Garcia.

A dark time in our country's history, when the sale and distribution of alcohol was made illegal, men such as Al Capone cane to prominence distributing said illegal substances.  Well, since the US government couldn't have this, they send Eliot Ness to Chicago to clean things up.

In a town thick with crooked cops, Ness teams with Malone, and a young police cadet to bring down Capone.  Try as they might, they can't pin the big crimes on Capone.  Then (as history tells us) they are able to slap Capone in jail on tax evasion of all things.  Nothing glamorous, but it gets the job done.  Capone even spends time on Alcatraz.

Whoops, got all history lessoney on ya'll there...

This is easily one of my favorite films ever.  Its well shot, directed, written and casted.  Its simple, not flashy and tells the story without a lot of fat.  I read somewhere that Brian De Palma (director of this fine film) is talking about making a prequel, which will detail the rise of Capone.  I'm not quite sold on this yet, but if does as fine of a job with that project as he did with The Untouchables, then that too will be a film to see.

Yes, there are historical inaccuracies in this movie.  But it still tells the story well.  And with many films based on history, it just compelled me to seek out the truth of how it all really went down.  I see movies such as this as gateways to the truth.

If you like gangster films, or tight, well paced action films, then The Untouchables is the movie for you.

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