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The Untouchables [DVD] [Widescreen Special Collector's Edition]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Kevin Costner is idealistic federal agent Eliot Ness, whose assignment to clean up Prohibition-era Chicago leads to violence and manly questions about upholding the law. Initially powerless to stop the flow of booze into the city (the police force is corrupt and everyone in town seems to be on the mob's payroll), Ness finds guidance from an older streetwise cop (Sean Connery, who won an Academy Award for this role) who convinces him he'll need to break some rules if he wants to bring down head mobster Al Capone (Robert De Niro). Andy Garcia and Charles Martin Smith play Ness's other recruits, who together must stand tall against a city full of assassins. Director Brian De Palma (MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE) packs the film with violence and creative camera movements while David Mamet's intelligent script capably dodges clich at every turn. There's a real sense of what's at stake for these characters on a personal level, which contrasts nicely with the futility inherent in enforcing Prohibition in the first place. The film is based on the autobiographical book by Ness (cowritten with Oscar Fraley) and the 1959-63 TV series; Ennio Morricone (THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY) composed the uninhibitedly bombastic score.

    Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor 1987 Sean Connery Oscar winning Scottish actor,

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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 05042

  • Credits
    Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Thomas Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Robert DeNiro, Charles Martin Smith, Andy Garcia, Billy Drago, Patricia Clarkson
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Packed with surprises, not the least being that it's a smashing work....THE UNTOUCHABLES is an original..."
    New York Times

    Included in the New York Times "10 Best Films of 1987"
    New York Times

    "...A beautifully crafted portrait of Prohibition-era Chicago....Propelled by scripter David Mamet's rich dialog, Connery delivers one of his finest performances ever. It is filled with nuance, humor and abundant self-confidence..."
    Variety

    "...THE UNTOUCHABLES has a great look; two big action set-pieces and a pair of performances by old-pro smoothies..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "[W]itty, intricate and surprisingly moving....Brian De Palma brings his dazzling visual skill to set pieces..."
    Uncut

    "De Palma's fingerprints are still all over this stylishly violent, David Mamet-scripted urban Western. The Prohibition sets are epic, the actors are outfitted in Armani, and the action is just as riveting 17 years later."
    Entertainment Weekly

    5 stars out of 5 -- "A masterpiece from Brian De Palma....A strikingly polished presentation..."
    Ultimate DVD

    4 stars out of 5 -- "There's much to enjoy....David Mamet's hard-boiled script, De Palma's assured direction, Morricone's score, De Niro's Capone."
    Empire

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