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The Untouchables: Special Edition

4

Brian De Palma films the legend, not the facts, in this sumptuous adaptation of the crimefighting TV series. Ditching everything from the small-screen original except its central clash between honourable flatfoot Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner) and evil mobster Al Capone (a powerhouse Robert De Niro), The Untouchables recreates the decadent allure of '30s Chicago with matchless verve.

Bare-knuckle dialogue from David Mamet and an insistent, tension-building score from Ennio Morricone set the tone. But it's Connery's battle-scarred old-timer who gives the film its untouchable dynamism. Altogether now: "He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue!"

 

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