Mon, 18 July 2022
The Untouchables is an iconic movie by Brian De Palma that kickstarted careers and told the story of Elliot Ness. Jovial Jay and Shua remember the 1987 film on Enjoy Stuff!
Al Capone may have lost his empire and died many years ago, but his legacy lives on in TV and movies. 35 years ago Brian DePalma interpreted his story in the movie The Untouchables. This week we look back and remember the legendary film.
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Be sure to check out Jay’s articles on Retrozap.com. This week he revisits the 1995 film Strange Days. It tells the story of a not too distant Los Angeles future and a conspiracy. Despite the setting, it is an underrated sci-fi movie that is worth another look. And don’t forget his articles on MCULocationScout.com for some great, interactive maps of filming locations.
This week we look back for the 35th anniversary of The Untouchables. It tells the story of Elliot Ness and his quest to take down Al Capone, whose gang used American’s prohibition laws to gain power and money in the 1930’s. Make sure to read Jay’s Cinemanalysis article about The Untouchables on RetroZap.com.
Morality themes are just one of the many reasons this movie became legendary. Brian De Palma used his classic filmmaking skills to tell this story in a dramatic and intriguing way.
And the actors’ performances created the tension that kept the audiences intrigued, even though we knew some of the outcomes of the history. Kevin Costner plays Elliot Ness in one of his early film roles. Ness was the Federal Agent tasked to clean up Chicago in the 30’s
Robert DeNiro plays Al Capone. He really got into his role. He even wore the same type of underwear as Capone. His performance was downright scary as you watched and wondered how far the gangster would go.
And then there’s Sean Connery. His role as Jim Malone won him his only Oscar. He was a tough beat cop that helped Ness take down the bad guys in the ‘Chicago way’.
Listen in as we discuss what made this such a great movie and why you should see it again.
Have you seen The Untouchables? What did you think? Are you reading all the show notes? First person that emails me with the subject line, “Never bring a knife to a gunfight” will get a special mention on the show. Let us know. Come talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to EnjoyStuff@RetroZap.com