Friday, February 08, 2008

DVD Collection Part 2

Part II of my (hopefully) ongoing series...

The Untouchables

Rating: 88

Plot Summary: Federal Treasury Agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner in one of his finest roles) wages a war on crime in Chicago against the notorious mobster/baseball fan Al Capone (Robert De Niro). With a rag-tag group of allies, including Asian-Rican recruit George Stone (Andy Garcia at his Asian-Ricanist -- that one's for you, Krildog), Jim Malone (Sean Connery in his Oscar turn), and Agent Oscar Wallace (Charles Martin Smith as a very convincing bookworm/Rambo/red paint set), Ness works to bring down the man who would rule Chicago. City corruption, Prohibition, and Canadian mounties all play prominent roles in this fantastic Brian De Palma vehicle.

Favorite Quote 1: "He's in the car."
Favorite Quote 2: "Never stop fighting till the fight is done."
Favorite Quote 3: "Did he sound anything like THAT?"

Why it's in my collection: Really, you can't have enough Sean Connery movies. I really don't have that many in my collection. So, yeah, I need to add some more Sean Connery movies. The Untouchables is one of those flicks they played as a weekend movie on stations like WGN and local channels here in Indiana (like WTTV 4). I just always loved the characters in this one. I realize now how many fantastic actors helped make this a great movie. The score is excellent, the action pieces enthralling. And that guy that plays Frank Nitti? He was a great bad guy. Plus, the scene where Malone bites the dust is awesome and poignant. It's just an all-around terrific film.

Odd acquisition story: Nothing in particular comes to mind here. I'm pretty sure I saw it at a decent discount somewhere and decided at that moment that I had to have it.

Lingering Questions: Have I seen the dude who played Frank Nitti in anything since this movie? Is that actor's name really Billy Drago? Why didn't the film have the real epilogue that was called for: Al Capone dying of syphilis?

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