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The Untouchables

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Original title
The Untouchables
Running time
119 min.
United States United States
David Mamet. Novels: Oscar Fraley, Eliot Ness
Ennio Morricone
Stephen H. Burum
Paramount Pictures
Film noir. Action. Thriller. Drama | Neo-noir. Cop Movies. Mafia. Crime. 1920s. 1930s
Kevin Costner is idealistic federal agent Eliot Ness, whose assignment to clean up Prohibition-era Chicago leads to violence and manly questions about upholding the law. Initially powerless to stop the flow of booze into the city (the police force is corrupt and everyone in town seems to be on the mob’s payroll), Ness finds guidance from an older streetwise cop (Sean Connery) who convinces him he'll need to break some rules if he wants to bring down head mobster Al Capone (Robert De Niro). Andy Garcia and Charles Martin Smith play Ness’s other recruits, who together must stand tall against a city full of assassins. Director Brian De Palma packs the film with violence and creative camera movements while David Mamet's intelligent script capably dodges cliché at every turn. There’s a real sense of what's at stake for these characters on a personal level, which contrasts nicely with the futility inherent in enforcing Prohibition in the first place.
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1987: Oscar: Best Supporting Actor (Sean Connery). 4 Nominations
1987: Golden Globes: Best Supp. Actor (Sean Connery). 2 Nominations
1987: BAFTA Awards: Best Score. 4 Nominations
1987: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Sean Connery)
1987: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Nominated for Best Supp. Actor (Connery)
1987: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
1987: César Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
1987: David di Donatello Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Producer (Art Linson)
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