Tuesday, November 9, 2010

#95. The Untouchables (1987)

DVD Synopsis: The critics and public agree. Brain De Palma's The Untouchables is a must-see masterpiece - a glorious, fierce, larger-than-life depiction of the mob warlord who rules Prohibition-era Chicago…and the law enforcer who vowed to bring him down.  This classic confrontation between good and evil stars Kevin Costner as federal agent Eliot Ness, Robert DeNiro as gangland kingpin Al Capone and Sean Connery as Malone, the cop who teaches Ness how to beat the mob: shoot fast and shoot first.

I first saw The Untouchables at a late-night screening in 1987. The movie didn’t let out until nearly 1 a.m, but, looking at the faces of the audience that night, you’d have never known how late it was. 

Everyone was totally energized by this movie, myself included. 

Energized, hell...I was blown away! The tense confrontations between Eliot Ness and Al Capone, handled so wonderfully by director Brian DePalma, were as exciting as anything I’d ever seen on the big screen. 

A near-perfect marriage of action and drama, supported by to magnificent performances of Sean Connery, Kevin Costner and Robert De Niro, The Untouchables remains, to this day, an absolute favorite of mine.

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