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The Untouchables Details


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 from respected playwright David Mamet. Kevin Costner stars as Ness, a federal agent who has come to Chicago during the Prohibition Era, when corruption in the local police department is rampant. His mission is to put crime lord Capone (Robert De Niro) out of business, but Capone is so powerful and popular that Ness is not taken seriously by the law or the press. One night, discouraged, he meets a veteran patrolman, Jimmy Malone (Sean Connery), and discovers that the acerbic Irishman is the one honest man he's been seeking. Malone has soon helped Ness recruit a gunslinger rookie, George Stone (Andy Garcia), and, joined by nebbish accountant Oscar Wallace (Charles Martin Smith), the men doggedly pursue Capone and his illegal interests. At first a laughingstock, Ness soon has Capone outraged over his and Malone's sometimes law-bending tactics, and the vain mobster strikes back in vicious style. Ultimately, it is the most unexpected and minor of crimes, tax evasion, which proves Capone's undoing. All of the credits for The Untouchables boasted big names, including music from Ennio Morricone and costumes by Giorgio Armani. Director Brian De Palma continued his tradition of including a homage to past masters of the cinema with a taut stairway shoot-out reminiscent of a similar sequence in Sergei Eisenstein's Sergei Eisenstein (1925). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:June 3, 1987


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Marilyn Vance Best Costume Design 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Patrizia Von Brandenstein Best Art Direction 1987 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Ennio Morricone Best Score 1987 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ennio Morricone Best Score 1987 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Sean Connery Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1987 Winner
National Board of Review Sean Connery Best Supporting Actor 1987 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sean Connery Best Supporting Actor 1987 Winner
American Society of Cinematographers Stephen H. Burum Best Cinematography 1987 Nominee


Kevin Costner
as Eliot Ness
Sean Connery
as Jim Malone
Charles Martin Smith
as Oscar Wallace
Andy Garcia
as George Stone
Robert De Niro
as Al Capone
Richard Bradford
as Mike
Jack Kehoe
as Walter Payne
Brad Sullivan
as George
Billy Drago
as Frank Nitti
Patricia Clarkson
as Catherine Ness
Mali Finn
Colleen Bade
as Mrs. Blackmer
Patrick Billingsley
as Bailiff
Larry Brandenburg
as Reporter
Basil Reale
as Hotel Clerk
Chelcie Ross
as Reporter
Steve Goldstein
as Scoop
Bob Martana
as Bodyguard
Vito D'Ambrosio
as Bow Tie Driver
Robert Miranda
as Gunned Head
Clem Caserta
as Bodyguard
Eddie Minasian
as Butler
Tim Gamble
as Reporter
Greg Noonan
as Rangemaster
Del Close
as Alderman
Aditra Kohl
as Blackmer Girl
Robert Swan
as Mountie Captain
Sam Smiley
as Bailiff
James Guthrie
as Pagliacci
Lynn Stalmaster
Sean Grennan
as Cop Cousin
Will Zahrn
as Defense Attorney
Vince Viverito Sr.
as Italian Waiter
Valentino Cimo
as Bodyguard
Joe V. Greco
as Bodyguard
John Bracci
as Fat Man
Mike Bacarella
as Overcoat Hood
Clifton James
Louie Lanciloti
as Barber
Kaitlin Montgomery
as Ness's Daughter
Tony Mockus
as Judge
Michael Byrne
as Ness's Clerk
Don Harvey
as Preseuski


Brian De Palma
Art Linson
Brian De Palma
David Mamet
Stephen H. Burum
Ennio Morricone
Composer (Music Score)
Jerry Greenberg
Bill Pankow
Patrizia Von Brandenstein
Production Designer
Ray Hartwick
Associate Producer
E.C. Chen
Set Designer
Gil Clayton
Set Designer
Marilyn Vance
Costume Designer
Richard Bruno
Costume Designer
Jim Tanenbaum
Sound/Sound Designer
Joe Napolitano
First Assistant Director
Gary Hymes
Jim Halty
Lynn Stalmaster
Mali Finn
Gary Hymes
Stunts Coordinator
Bette Iverson
Hair Styles