The Untouchables
The Untouchables (1987)

Like the TV series that shared the same title, The Untouchables (1987) was an account of the battle between gangster Al Capone and lawman Eliot Ness, this time in the form of a feature film boasting big stars, a big budget, and a script… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 2, 1987
DVD Release Date: January 16, 2001
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Slick on the surface but loaded with artful touches, Brian DePalma's classical gangster thriller is a sharp look at period Chicago crime, featuring excellent performances from a top-notch cast.

Bob Thomas
Associated Press

The Untouchables is a terrific movie, full of the same brand of fierce vitality that made the 1930s gangster films so compelling.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

A deeply satisfying and entertaining Prohibition gang-buster directed with a Tommy gun's rat-tat-tat.

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

"The Untouchables" felt untouchable in '87; cutting edge, one of those movies you saw multiple times and not just because there wasn't yet the deluge of Hollywood entertainment "product" as there is in 2020. Make that 2019. You know why.

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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

While overtly melodramatic, The Untouchables is a perceptive and hard-driven actioner. It's an intriguing character confrontation, loaded with ironies, both personal and social.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The Untouchables could be the breakthrough movie for Kevin Costner, a folksy, Gary Cooperish actor who holds center stage as Eliot Ness.

Mike Massie
Gone With The Twins

The script by David Mamet is serious, funny, dramatic, and action-packed at all the right times.

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Derek Malcolm

The Untouchables is two hours of fairly solid entertainment, an eventually uplifting parable about right beating might, cast in the form of a Warner Brothers social realist picture of the thirties.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

Where, under his stainless-steel incorruptibility, was Ness' gnawing flaw? To Mamet and De Palma, goodness and dullness seem inseparable.

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Richard Freedman
Newhouse News Service

It's a beautifully controlled film, as well as an intensely exciting and enjoyable one. Although De Niro and Connery easily walk away with the acting honors, the less flamboyant performance of Costner is perhaps the most admirable in the film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
One of the best gangster movies made.
Chris Weber
Written by David Mamet and directed by Brian De Palma, this is a flashy retelling of Eliot Ness and his quest to bring down Al Capone on the mean streets of… More
Daniel Mumby
Hollywood has always loved outlaws, from Billy the Kid to Bonnie and Clyde, and the outlaws that it has most consistently loved are gangsters. Gangsters tick… More
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Spencer S.
Though there are certain historical liberties taken with the story of the Untouchables taking down Al Capone, this film is completely forgiven. It's a… More
Kase Vollebregt
Brian De Palma's 'The Untouchables' is violent and visceral, with a combination of potent storytelling and good acting. Connery and De Niro are… More