The Untouchables

1987 | Drama | 119 minutes | English


During the Prohibition era, Chicago gangster, Al Capone, controls illegal liquor distribution throughout the city with the police and bureaucrats in his pocket. His reign seems firm  until Eliot Ness, a determined agent from the Bureau of Prohibition, sets his sights on bringing Capone to justice. After repeated defeats due to corrupt law enforcement, Ness assembles a team consisting of Jimmy Malone, an Irish-American police veteran, George Stone, an idealistic Italian- American trainee, and Oscar Wallace, a brilliant accountant. Together they are known as “The Untouchables.” The  hunt to bring down Capone becomes difficult. When Wallace discovers that Capone has not paid taxes for the last four years, he suggests  Ness indict Capone on tax evasion. Will this, at last, bring down Capone?

Sean Connery (Jimmy Malone) / Kevin Costner (Eliot Ness) / Robert DeNiro (Al Capone) / Andy Garcia (George Stone) / Charles Martin Smith (Oscar Wallace)
Why Stream This Film?
Surprising statistic: 50% of the audiences were women. Producer Art Linson noted, “Ordinarily, a violent film attracts predominantly men, but this film is also touching, about redemption, and relationships. Because of all that, the audience tends to forgive the excesses when it comes to violence.” Film critic Pauline Kael called The Untouchables “A great audience movie – a wonderful potboiler.”
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 83%
  • Metacritic Score: 79
  • Academy Awards: Winner, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Sean Connery)
  • BAFTA Awards: Nominated, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Sean Connery)
  • National Board of Review: Winner, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Sean Connery)
THE UNTOUCHABLES is a beautifully crafted portrait of Prohibition-era Chicago. Connery delivers one of his finest performances. The film is filled with nuance, humor and abundant self-confidence. Connery’s depth strongly complements the youthful Costner.

Variety Staff

THE UNTOUCHABLES is packed with surprises, not the least being that it’s a smashing work. It’s vulgar, violent, funny, and sometimes breathtakingly beautiful.
Vincent Canby

The New York Times

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