“Must See” Movie Review: The Untouchables (1987)

The Untouchables (1987)

Director: Brian De Palmo

Starring: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery and Robert DeNiro

Academy Awards – Best Supporting Actor (Connery)


In Prohibition-era Chicago, no one has more power than Al Capone (DeNiro).  He has all of the city leaders and law enforcement under his thumb as he supplies liquor all over town.  To put a stop to Capone and his corruption, the Bureau of Prohibition places special agent Eliot Ness (Costner) in the Chicago Police Department.  Ness puts together his team, the titular ‘Untouchables’, which consist of an incorruptible Irish beat cop (Connery), an Italian American trainee (Andy Garcia) and an accountant (Charles Martin Smith).  Together the Untouchables wage war against Capone, who will stop at nothing to destroy his new rival.


While not DeNiro’s best role (he has almost a dozen films on the 501 list), it is fun to see him as a caricature of such a reviled historical figure.  Costner delivers a fine performance as the heroic lead, but it is Connery that steals the show on the side of the good guys.  He was rewarded with an Oscar statuette for Best Supporting Actor.  The Untouchables is certainly a film and well worth seeing, it is easily less remarkable than other gangster films on the list or more noteworthy films from filmographies of DeNiro and De Palmo.

My Rating – 2.5 Ticket Stubs (Out of 5)

Rotten Tomatoes Score – 87% (42 Reviews)

Total 501 Movies Seen – 166

Mystery & Thriller – 26/50




About DC Evans

I’m a long time film lover. For as long as I can remember, I’ve spent my free time going to multiplexs; renting tapes and building my own DVD/Blu-ray collection. I'll be blogging about my efforts as I watch my way through the history of film. For starters, I’ll be focusing on watching each movie in the book “501 Must-See Movies.” Follow me on twitter: @D_C_Evans
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