THE UNTOUCHABLES (Theatrical Release USA 1987)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 2.3|5.0 Starsìì

The Untouchables—a good gangster movie, not a great gangster movie—is a poor casting choice for Kevin Costner. He seems weak and ineffective in nearly every scene while Sean Connery is not fully right for the script. Connery’s sleek, smooth-talking, no-nonsense James Bond manner creates awkwardness for this storyline. The good casting choices are Robert De Niro as Al Capone where he plays a strong part. Unfortunately, this movie does not begin to pick up pace until the end of the movie when Agent Oscar Wallace (played by Charles Martin Smith) is killed. The big shootout toward the end of the movie is well done and probably the best part of the whole movie.

Storyline

Al Capone (Robert De Niro) owns Chicago. Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) is assigned the formidable job of stopping Capone.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Brian de Palma for directing efforts. Thank you to Producer Art Linson for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Jim Malone (Sean Connery), Agent Oscar Wallace (Charles Martin Smith), Agent George Stone/Giuseppe Petri (Andy Garcia), Police Chief Mike Dorsett (Richard Bradford), Walter Payne (Jack Kehoe), George (Brad Sullivan), and Frank Nitti (Billy Drago).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. It’s difficult to sit through 119 minutes for a single, good climatic scene.

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