|Director Brian DePalma|
|Martin Smith, Kostner, Connery & Garcia|
|Robert DeNiro as Al Capone|
|(left) Sean Connery as Jimmy Malone|
|The Untouchables aided by the Canadian Mounties|
|Frank Nitti rides with George and Agent Wallace|
From the outset of the film ("The Untouchables"), audiences are confronted with a mob situation in
It's become a bit of a cliché, but you really can't go wrong with DeNiro in a film unless of course you try to "Analyze this and that....." - Ok, bad humor there. Still, the truth surfaces in jest. Infamous gangster and
There are concerns with the film however. Kevin Costner seems to receive a strong reputation for everything he does and in the majority of his films he seems to offer a lackluster and robotic / passionless performance. Sean Connery was a plus however and Andy Garcia also lent solid support to the casting.
|Capone gets a shave in the opening scene|
The screenplay also has issues of its own. It seemed dummied down for audiences thru and thru and compared to the likes of "Casino" or "Once Upon A Time In
|Television's THE UNTOUCHABLES|
The vast majority of movie lovers and even some critics feel that this is DePalma's masterpiece in comparison to the likes of "Scarface" and perhaps "Body Double". So I am going to nutshell this for our readers and see what their take is: "The Untouchables" was nice for the time period, but the 80's really had little to offer in the way of outstanding films. As a mob film, it is marginal - and the only parts that really stand out to me are, well - once again, the score and the sets / costume design. It seems as if it had been years since
|'Hey, JC: you're alotta talk and a badge!'|
|Screenwriter David Mamet|
|Andy Garcia as George Stone|
|Shot as seen: Chicago!|
JOHNNY CHAZZ: Let's remember that it is the "film" that I am concerned with and upper jabs and groin kicks are certainly not intentions of mine. I think your comment about
Now, this is not a battle between "Casino" and "Untouchables", but I do expect (taking a look at your last paragraph) a better script, a primary focus on the mobsters themselves (not the agents) and a historical account that is true and, for the most part - accurate. It also seems as if DePalma is more concerned about who is starring in his film and giving them ultra-camera time instead of focusing on the real story at hand - that disturbs me and detracts from my interest in the film.
Additionally, it is not the fact that "The Untouchables" was made in the 1980's that lessened the rating of the movie for me. It is simply the idea that we have seen far superior mob-genre films prior to this and even after this time period. This is the case for most of the films in the 1980's and to prove the point, simply one look at AFI's top 100 films of all time (not that we should consider that gospel....but it is a strong reference) it is hard to find any film in the 80's in the upper-half of that list as most films fall in the 1940's-1970's. This does not even include foreign films which would likely topple this list by a landslide.
As for DePalma passing on the "Taxi Driver" project, well - let's be thankful for that or the film would have probably been set in Chicago and casted Sissy Spacek in the role of Iris (Jody Foster's role).....mercy.
|Director Brian DePalma|
Maybe "Scarface", "Blow Out" and "The Untouchables" were his best work, but if that is all that we see in a career from this director, we can look elsewhere - and well, I do. None of these films were really outstanding and each would be lucky to surpass a 7/10 rating on my list.
Yes, I am critical - and that is done for the sole purpose of our fans who consider themselves both shrewd and discriminating (used in the proper sense of course). They deserve to know the good, the bad and the ugly. Still, I strongly believe that the value of what we offer here in Cinema: Counterpoint is two (2) perspectives that both make valid points in respect to "The Untouchables". So now, I guess we leave it to our readers to see what their thoughts are regarding this week's topic: "The Untouchables" (1987).