Sean Connery won an academy award for his performance somehow. His quest is really tough, as his opponent is determined and powerful, but he has the help of three invaluable partners: Malone Connery , a no-nonsense experienced cop, Wallace Martin Smith , an accountant who will try to help bring tax charges against Capone, and Stone Garcia , a great shooter. De Niro plays it as it lays, presenting Capone as the brutal criminal he was, without attempting to airbrush away any of the attributes that made him so despicable. He is the sharpshooter of the group and he is perfectly believable in that part. Although belonging to a typical genre, this film certainly stands out. A unique relationship that will make sparks fly and render Philippe and Driss untouchable.
The supporting cast includes Richard Bradford Mike , Jack Kehoe Payne , Brad Sullivan George , Billy Drago Nitti and Patricia Clarkson Ness' wife. You can tell within the first ten minutes of the movie that the score is going to ruin the movie. Good representation of social differences in France without being too heavy on it. Here are a few reasons why. The film's best performance belongs to Sean Connery though. I somehow doubt, though, that the target audience for this movie were movie watchers who enjoyed this type of film.
That's the Chicago way-- that's how you get Capone. The film also has a memorable score made by the legendary Ennio Morricone who is perhaps best known for the work he did with the equally legendary western director Sergio Leone who doesn't know the score from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and in my opinion the score he did for The Untouchables is the best he has ever made. I suppose his acting may have not been particularly bad, but his character seemed so manufactured and out of step with reality that he simply couldn't be taken seriously. All the other films had completely different aims and even though I love a deep and brilliant story my main objective when I see a film is to be entertained and basically no film does that better than The Untouchables. It seems that the fact that DeNiro has been lax in paying his income taxes could be his ultimate downfall.
Thus he enlists the help of a young cop from the academy Andy Garcia , a wimpy book-keeper Charles Martin Smith and a hard-nosed Irish beat cop Oscar-winner Sean Connery in the performance of a lifetime. He steals every scene he is in and he really brings the larger-than-life quality to the character which is extremely fitting. He is a hundred percent believable all the way through. Philippe challenges Driss, offering him a trial period of one month to gain experience helping him. The score is grand and epic just like the story and the effects. These words basically summarize the entire film from my point of view of course because in my opinion which I don't expect people to agree with this is the best gangster film there is.
The actor's performances were so weak that it required cheesy music to make them look better. In short, the person the least adapted for the job. Ennio Morricone's Oscar-nominated score is one of the finest the cinema has ever experienced. Take out the violence and this movie belongs next to Pete's Dragon on the movie shelf. This movie is filled with enough corny commercial movie tricks and cliches that it just cannot be taken seriously.
Obviously people aren't going to agree because people prefer the likes of the operatic Godfather trilogy or the ultra realistic Goodfellas but in my head The Untouchables is the best. As I noted before the film is brilliantly directed, with some scenes such as the one with the baseball bat, or the one with the baby in the train station, having become classic. Words like: Excellence, entertainment, larger than life and Sean Connery. Then Driss can decide whether he would like to stay with him or not. De Niro captures the ruthlessness that indelibly marked Capone's infamy forever in the annals of criminal history, with a portrayal of him that is arguably the best in cinematic history. De Palma brings it all vividly to life, building an underlying tension from the beginning that he maintains throughout the film, aided by the intense, sometimes haunting score by Ennio Morricone.
They were a handful against an army of hoodlums who wielded grenades and tommy guns, and they could trust no one outside of their own circle, not even the cops with whom they shared the streets. If he sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. The bureau responded by sending Ness Kevin Costner an accountant, Oscar Wallace Charles Martin Smith , who first had the idea of going after Capone for income tax evasion. The acting is superb, and while Connery was the one who received his well-deserved Oscar, Kostner and De Niro made Oscar-class performances too. Robert DeNiro is great as Al Capone. If you want to see a farce that tries to be serious, every movie cliche in the book this is no exaggeration, just look for them an out of place and overdone score, and substandard acting, then this is the movie for you. The film is for lack of a better expression a Sean Connery tour-de-force.
He employs Driss as home help. Written by Just seen last night, amazing movie, great performances from actors, particularly from Omar, and Cluzet is great as usual. This also adds greatly to the already very high entertainment value of the film because it draws the audience in. And in the larger cities, the mob bosses jumped onto the bandwagon with both feet, the most notorious of which was Al Capone, who by 1930 had a thriving business and the city and the people of Chicago in his pocket. Andy Garcia appears in this film in a very limited role as well and he serves his purpose brilliantly. He also got a well deserved Oscar for his performance. Costner gives a solid performance as Ness, but he is somewhat overshadowed by the actors and the characters who surround him, especially Connery as Malone, and Robert De Niro, who as Capone is absolutely menacing and larger-than-life.
He even bends some of the rules he initially tried so hard to uphold. It's a disgrace to Al Capone and Elliot Ness both and to anyone who likes good movies. The score is very unlike most scores from the 80s which does that the film doesn't feel like an 80s film as much as Scarface which I find inferior to this masterpiece. Indeed, it sets the tone for the movie itself, which is a tone of farce more than grit. Simple, beautiful, efficient, like a good French cuisine, making a great dish full of tastes magically mixed : Most to be watched and even more emotional when you know its based on true story! Out of the blue, Driss cuts the line of candidates and brings a document from the Social Security and asks Phillipe to sign it to prove that he is seeking a job position so he can receive his unemployment benefit.
Quite a few words spring to my mind when I think of The Untouchables. This is not even to take into consideration the awful acting throughout the movie. I have no negative comments on this production. Music was even put into places where it make absolutely no sense whatsoever. With Depalma, De Niro, and what looked to be a huge budget with a story that is already compelling enough in real life, there's no reason to make a film this absent of quality.