The Untouchables
The Untouchables (1987)

Like the TV series that shared the same title, The Untouchables (1987) was an account of the battle between gangster Al Capone and lawman Eliot Ness, this time in the form of a feature film boasting big stars, a big budget, and a script… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 2, 1987
DVD Release Date: January 16, 2001
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Slick on the surface but loaded with artful touches, Brian DePalma's classical gangster thriller is a sharp look at period Chicago crime, featuring excellent performances from a top-notch cast.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

A deeply satisfying and entertaining Prohibition gang-buster directed with a Tommy gun's rat-tat-tat.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

It's an action film without much personality or drive and without enough imaginative detail to make the action gripping or meaningful.

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Cathy Burke
United Press International

Taut screenwriting (David Mamet) and a superb cast -- including a prize-winning performance by Sean Connery as the veteran Chicago cop -- help make 'The Untouchables' a classic.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The Untouchables could be the breakthrough movie for Kevin Costner, a folksy, Gary Cooperish actor who holds center stage as Eliot Ness.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

It goes to that place that all films aspiring to greatness must attain: the country of myth, where all the figures must be larger and more vivid than life.

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

The best cop/mob movie remains decidedly untouchable.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

Where, under his stainless-steel incorruptibility, was Ness' gnawing flaw? To Mamet and De Palma, goodness and dullness seem inseparable.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The results are watchable enough, with a particularly adept use of Sean Connery, Chicago locations, and period details.

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Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News

De Palma does superb job with the action sequences, which are choreographed, paced and acted out so well that they don't leave a palm dry in the house.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
One of the best gangster movies made.
Chris Weber
Written by David Mamet and directed by Brian De Palma, this is a flashy retelling of Eliot Ness and his quest to bring down Al Capone on the mean streets of… More
Daniel Mumby
Hollywood has always loved outlaws, from Billy the Kid to Bonnie and Clyde, and the outlaws that it has most consistently loved are gangsters. Gangsters tick… More
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Spencer S.
Though there are certain historical liberties taken with the story of the Untouchables taking down Al Capone, this film is completely forgiven. It's a… More
Kase Vollebregt
Brian De Palma's 'The Untouchables' is violent and visceral, with a combination of potent storytelling and good acting. Connery and De Niro are… More