Paramount Pictures Released 1987


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Brian De Palma

Elliot Ness is just assigned as the head of investigation in the Chicago police force, sanctioned by the State Department. The film chronicles the rivalry between gangster Al Capone and Ness as they both try to outwit and outgun each other, threw a series of action-packed and exciting adventures. Malone is an old Irish cop who wants to help Ness, and he does, by telling him exactly how to get to Capone and beat him, with his insider information. Charles Martiin Smith is the brains of the group, who can bring down Capone by using IRS laws against him. Andy Garcia is the marksman of the group, and he is recruited last, while they are looking for the best shooter in the Chicago P.D. trainee department. The Untouchables form a sort of internal affairs group, who can't trust any of their fellow cops, and thus go at it alone.


Metacritic Score

  • 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    May not have much thematic depth, but it represents two hours of pure, exuberant entertainment – an epic gangster tale rendered on a grand scale.

  • 75

    Philadelphia Inquirer Carrie Rickey

    Apart from Connery, the star of the film is Mamet's deadpan script, which obviously inspired one of the movie's baldest old-movie tributes.

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    De Palma's Untouchables, like the TV series that inspired it, depends more on cliches than on artistic invention.

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    • Production Budget - $25,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $76,270,454 (6th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $159,173,121

    • Filming locations:
      40 miles south, Great Falls, Montana
      Blackstone Hotel, Downtown, Chicago, Illinois
      Chicago Cultural Center, Downtown, Chicago, Illinois
      Chicago, Illinois
      Hardin, Montana
      Hardy Creek Bridge, Great Falls, Montana
      Roosevelt University, Downtown, Chicago, Illinois
      Union Station, Near West Side, Chicago, Illinois

    • Taglines:
      1. The Chicago Dream is that big.
      2. What are you prepared to do?
      3. Never stop fighting till the fight is done.
      4. AL CAPONE. He ruled Chicago with absolute power. No one could touch him. No one could stop him. - Until Eliot Ness and a small force of men swore they'd bring him down.

    • Music:
      Mood Indigo
      Written by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills and Barney Bigard
      Arranged by Bob Wilber
      Vesti la giubba
      aria from opera "Pagliacci"
      Written by Ruggero Leoncavallo
      Performed by Mario Del Monaco
      Conducted by Francesco Molinari Pradelli

    • Academy Awards Wins:
      1. Supporting Actor - Sean Connery

      Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Art Direction
      2. Costume Design
      3. Original Score


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Historical, Thrillers, Crime