Run time: 119 mins
There are many, many things to adore about The Untouchables, Brian De Palma’s most satisfying of his films.
Few old TV shows have been brought to the big screen with such brio as De Palma’s majestic adaptation of the 60s small screen classic (he did it again with Mission: Impossible, no less)
Set in Chicago during Prohibition, The Untouchables revolves around Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner), a rookie G-man who assembles a rough-and-ready team of unbribable agents to smash Capone’s (Robert De Niro) empire. Under the instruction of veteran Irish cop Jimmy Malone (Sean Connery, career best), Ness is forced to become as ruthless as his quarry, resulting in a series of thrilling action set-pieces and some brilliant banter courtesy of screenwriter David Mamet.
In this age of sprawling, messy comic book adaptations, The Untouchables got it right without even being a graphic novel to begin with. The design is clean, bright and framed by the strict lines of the Chicago streets. The sensibility is outlandish, almost fantasy. Meanwhile, the god-like Ennio Morricone infuses the spirit of the age with a heart-quickening score that drives the drama like an express train.