Chicago 1930, the depression is at its peak and prohibition has given rise to bootleggers who are prepared to use extreme violence to achieve their means. Al Capone (Robert De Nero) is the biggest name in the business but goes to extreme lengths to cover his tracks.
The film begins as violently as it continues, an uncooperative bar owner has his property blown up by Capone's agents, killing a small girl. Enter Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) the new head of the Treasury Department, charged with stopping the bootleggers. But his first raid is a failure – someone has tipped off the bootleggers and all the hooch is gone. Taking some hints from experienced Chicago cop Jim Malone (Sean Connery), Ness sets up a dedicated squad known as the Untouchables – just four men: Ness; Malone, an accountant and a sharp-shooting rookie cop (Andy Garcia) – his hope, to avoid the corruption that has spread to every level of the justice system – but the cost is high, to his family and colleagues as they battle to bring Capone to justice and end his reign of terror.
In all, this film is a very good watch. The all star cast get to work in wonderful sets with a good direction and a script that contains a few holes, but keeps the film moving and entertaining. Cult film fans prepared to watch something more mainstream than usual should certainly enjoy this production - the Morricone soundtrack and violent action scenes hark back to the Italian crime movies of the 1970s while the setting brings to mind the classic 1920s American Gangster pictures. A highly recommended film.
|Anyone famous in it?||Kevin Costner - Often maligned star of Waterworld (1995) and Open Range (2003).
Sean Connery - Famous as the first James Bond in Dr. No (1962) also in A Bridge too Far (1977).
Robert De Niro - Two time Oscar winner, notable cult films include Brazil (1985) and Frankenstein (1994).
|Directed by anyone interesting?||Brian De Palma - talented artist, director of Mission: Impossible (1996), Scarface (1983), Carrie (1976) and apparently now working on an Untouchables prequel.|
|Any violence?||Several people get killed, and there are a few violent fight scenes. Blood flows freely but is quite realistic.
|Who is it for?
||General interest, all film fans should enjoy.
|Good soundtrack?||Ennio Morricone provides a very strong and varied score that enhances the film.
|Visuals||Original Aspect Ratio - 2.35:1. Anamorphically Enhanced. Colour
The picture quality is good, some light grain throughout, and some light speckles in some scenes. Always Watchable.
|Audio||Original English Dolby Digital stereo - sounds great, no hiss.
Also, Dolby Digital 5.1 EX remix and French Stereo dub.
|Subtitles||Film and Documentary features: English, French and Spanish.
|Run Time||Main Feature: 1hr 59m 18s|
|Extras||The disc includes:
|Packing||Standard Amaray case|
|Region||Region 1 - NTSC
|Other regions?||UK and Europe R2 collectors editions, identical releases except some have different subtitle and audio tracks.|
|Cuts?||Believed to be fully uncut. Print used is English language, all credits are in English.