History Film / TheUntouchables

26th Jun '16 10:07:30 PM k410ren
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** The Capone hoodlum who blows up the pharmacy (which kills the little girl) and lured Malone into Nitti's tommy-gun ambush gets a bullet in his head from Stone towards the end of the film.

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** The Capone hoodlum who blows up the pharmacy (which kills the little girl) and lured lures Malone into Nitti's tommy-gun ambush gets a bullet in his head from Stone towards the end of the film.
5th Jun '16 9:00:29 PM contrafanxxx
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* RooftopConfrontation: The final showdown between Ness and Nitti takes place on the roof of the courthouse.
15th May '16 7:15:01 AM AnotherGuy
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** The Chicago police department seems outrageously corrupt for dramatic purposes. But this is more or less what The Feds had to deal with. The Mafia and the local police often were public rivals, but secret partners. As long as the mob kept the violence low and kept to the shadows, they allowed them to bootleg and operate. For a cut, of course.

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** The Chicago police department seems outrageously corrupt for dramatic purposes. But this is more or less what The Feds had to deal with. The Mafia and the local police often were public rivals, but secret partners. As long as the mob kept the violence low and kept to the shadows, they allowed them to bootleg and operate. For a cut, of course. (In addition, Prohibition was basically unenforceable.)
1st May '16 7:50:48 AM TrollBrutal
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''The Untouchables'' is a 1987 movie directed by Creator/BrianDePalma and written by Creator/DavidMamet. It stars Creator/KevinCostner, Creator/SeanConnery, Creator/RobertDeNiro, Andy Garcia and Creator/PatriciaClarkson in her screen debut. Connery won an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for his interpretation.

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''The Untouchables'' is a 1987 movie directed by Creator/BrianDePalma and written by Creator/DavidMamet. It stars Creator/KevinCostner, Creator/SeanConnery, Creator/RobertDeNiro, Andy Garcia Creator/AndyGarcia and Creator/PatriciaClarkson in her screen debut. Connery won an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for his interpretation.
1st May '16 7:23:24 AM moloch
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''The Untouchables'' is a 1987 movie directed by Creator/BrianDePalma and written by Creator/DavidMamet. It stars Creator/KevinCostner, Creator/SeanConnery, Creator/RobertDeNiro, Creator/AndyGarcia and Creator/PatriciaClarkson in her screen debut. Connery won an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for his interpretation.

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''The Untouchables'' is a 1987 movie directed by Creator/BrianDePalma and written by Creator/DavidMamet. It stars Creator/KevinCostner, Creator/SeanConnery, Creator/RobertDeNiro, Creator/AndyGarcia Andy Garcia and Creator/PatriciaClarkson in her screen debut. Connery won an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for his interpretation.
27th Apr '16 7:16:18 PM TheHestinator
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* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: It gets a 7 (possibly a hard one), because of some of the blood splattering and [[spoiler:Al Capone (Robert De Niro) bloodily bashing in the head of one of his stooges with a baseball bat]].
13th Apr '16 3:25:00 AM morenohijazo
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* ManInWhite: Frank Nitti.



* ManInWhite: Frank Nitti.


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* MobBossSuitFitting: A variation, with Al Capone talking business while getting a straight-razor shave from a barber.
30th Jan '16 2:57:37 PM dmcreif
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* AtTheOperaTonight: WickedCultured Al Capone is seen attending an opera when Frank Nitti comes up and whispers the news that [[spoiler:Jim Malone had been killed]].

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* AtTheOperaTonight: WickedCultured [[WickedCultured Al Capone Capone]] is seen attending an opera when Frank Nitti comes up and whispers the news that [[spoiler:Jim Malone had been killed]].



* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:At Capone's trial, Ness realizes that the Judge is skewing the trial in Capone's favor, and that the judge must have been on Capone's payroll. He forces the judge to conduct a fair trial by threatening to reveal evidence, proving that the judge took bribes. The threat works because they have Al Capone's ledger. We quickly find out that it was all a (successful) bluff, when the DA quietly notes to Ness that the judge's name isn't in the ledger...]].

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* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:At Capone's trial, Ness realizes that the Judge judge is skewing the trial in Capone's favor, and that the judge must have been on Capone's payroll. He forces the judge to conduct a fair trial by threatening to reveal evidence, proving that the judge took bribes. The threat works because they have Al Capone's ledger. We quickly find out that it was all a (successful) bluff, when the DA quietly notes to Ness that the judge's name isn't in the ledger...]].



* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Capone orders the deaths of children and beats men to death with baseball bats. Ness is all-American Hero who loves nothing more than his family and getting notes from his wife in his lunch. As the film goes on, it turns into BlackAndGrayMorality as Ness uses more questionable means to bring down Capone.

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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Capone orders the deaths of children and beats men to death with baseball bats. Ness is all-American Hero who loves nothing more than his family and getting notes from his wife in his lunch. As the film goes on, it turns into BlackAndGrayMorality as Ness uses more questionable means adapts Jimmy Malone's "escalate" philosophy to bring down Capone.



* DesecratingTheDead: A pragmatic variation occurs when the eponymous squad has captured a Capone henchman and is trying to get him to talk about Capone's finances. When the henchman refuses to talk, Malone wanders outside, grabs the corpse of a {{Mook}} killed in the preceding gunfight, and after pretending to threaten to kill him if he won't talk, shoots the corpse through the head, spattering the henchman with gore. The henchman, believing he'd witnessed an actual execution, is ''very'' cooperative afterwards.

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* DesecratingTheDead: A pragmatic variation occurs in the Mounties raid, when the eponymous squad has captured a Capone henchman and is trying to get him to talk about Capone's finances. When the henchman refuses to talk, Malone wanders outside, grabs the corpse of a {{Mook}} another henchman they killed in the preceding gunfight, and after pretending to threaten to kill him if he won't talk, shoots the corpse through the head, spattering the henchman with gore. The henchman, believing he'd witnessed an actual execution, is ''very'' cooperative afterwards.



* FakeKillScare: Done with a twist -- Malone scares the crap out of a captured smuggler by letting him see Malone demand that his accomplice reveal information, threaten to blow his head off if he won't talk, and then ''literally'' blow the accomplice's brains out. What the surviving captive (who, terrified, tells all he knows) didn't know was that [[spoiler:the accomplice had already been fatally shot in the gunfight just before: Malone was "interrogating" a corpse]].

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* FakeKillScare: Done with a twist -- Malone scares the crap out of a captured smuggler by letting him see Malone demand pick up the corpse of a henchman already killed in the gunfight that his accomplice just happened, then "demand" the corpse reveal information, threaten "threaten" to blow his head off if he won't talk, and then ''literally'' blow the accomplice's brains out. What the carry through with his threat. The surviving captive (who, terrified, tells all he knows) didn't know was that [[spoiler:the accomplice had already been fatally shot in the gunfight just before: Malone was "interrogating" captive, not knowing it's a corpse]].ruse, talks right away.



* HollywoodLaw:
** When they discover the jury has been bribed, they switch Capone's jury with the jury next door. Something like this [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Capone#Conviction_and_imprisonment really happened]], but not the way it's depicted in the film. Of particular note, in real life the jury was switched much earlier in the trial -- the pool of jurors both sides could select or veto was switched; switching it when they did in the film, even if it had been allowed, would have meant that the new jury was handicapped by having missed the presentation of key evidence.

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* HollywoodLaw:
HollywoodLaw: There are quite a lot of liberties with the depiction of Capone's trial:
** When they discover the jury has been bribed, they switch Capone's jury with the jury next door. Something like this [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Capone#Conviction_and_imprisonment really happened]], but not the way it's depicted in the film. Of particular note, in real life the jury was switched much earlier in the trial -- trial, and it wasn't specifically the jury that was changed - it was the pool of jurors both sides could select or veto that was switched; switching it when they did in the film, even if it had been allowed, would have meant that the new jury was handicapped by having missed the presentation of key evidence.



* JusticeByOtherLegalMeans: Getting Capone on ''tax evasion'', of all things. Even Ness lampshades it in the movie when his accountant sidekick keeps pointing it out. (Though a standard legal tactic today, convicting criminals on tax evasion was a radically new idea at the time, and though it had been used successfully as far back as 1927, no one had ever tried it on so large a scale, or against so prominent a criminal.)

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* JusticeByOtherLegalMeans: Getting Al Capone on ''tax evasion'', of all things. Even Ness lampshades it in the movie when his accountant sidekick keeps pointing it out. (Though a standard legal tactic today, convicting criminals on tax evasion was a radically new idea at the time, and though it had been used successfully as far back as 1927, no one had ever tried it on so large a scale, or against so prominent a criminal.)



** The Capone hoodlum who blows up the pharmacy (which kills the little girl) gets a bullet in his head from Stone towards the end of the film.

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** The Capone hoodlum who blows up the pharmacy (which kills the little girl) and lured Malone into Nitti's tommy-gun ambush gets a bullet in his head from Stone towards the end of the film.



* LeeroyJenkins: Ness and company ''specifically'' tell the Mounties to ''wait for the signal'' to charge. And what do they do...?

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* LeeroyJenkins: Ness and company ''specifically'' tell the Mounties to ''wait for the signal'' to charge. And what do they do...?? Charge before the signal.



* NaturalizedName: George Stone's birth name is Giuseppe Petri, a close-enough translation ("Petri" is close to ''pietre'', Italian for "stones", but Giuseppe's English equivalent is traditionally Joseph, not George).

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* NaturalizedName: George Stone's birth name is Giuseppe Petri, a close-enough translation ("Petri" is close to ''pietre'', Italian for "stones", but Giuseppe's English equivalent is traditionally Joseph, not George).George; normally, George would be the Anglicized version of "Georgio").



* OldFashionedCopper: Although not a British film, Creator/SeanConnery fills this role. His character is introduced by being such a hardass that he tells ''Elliot Ness'' to straighten up. His idea of recruiting a new cop? Go directly to the Police Academy and find the guy who shoots straightest.
** Gets downplayed in the end, seeing Connery's character ultimately picked the second-best shooter, as the best shooter could barely put together an intelligible sentence:
-->'''Connery''': I give you the next chief of police!

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* OldFashionedCopper: Although not a British film, Creator/SeanConnery Malone fills this role. His character He is introduced by being such a hardass that he tells ''Elliot Ness'' to straighten up. His idea of recruiting a new cop? Go directly to the Police Academy and find the guy who shoots straightest.
** Gets downplayed in the end, seeing Connery's character Malone ultimately picked the second-best shooter, as the best shooter could barely put together an intelligible sentence:
-->'''Connery''': -->'''Malone''': I give you the next chief of police!



* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Sean Connery's Irish-Scottish brogue. Almost comical when he's talking to Chief Dorsett (who has a pronounced Irish brogue)... it's even more obvious Connery's accent is Scottish, not Irish.

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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Sean Connery's Irish-Scottish brogue. Almost comical when he's Jimmy Malone's talking to Chief Dorsett (who has a pronounced Irish brogue)... it's even more obvious Connery's accent is Scottish, not Irish.
5th Dec '15 12:18:15 PM AllenbysEyes
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** [[NonIndicativeName Despite his nickname]], Frank Nitti was Capone's number two rather than an enforcer, managing the outfit's organization and financial dealings. The movie's Nitti can be viewed as a CompositeCharacter of various Capone henchmen.



** The infamous baseball bat scene seems like an over-the-top fabrication. But not only did Al Capone really do this... he killed ''three'' associates during a dinner party this way. At the same time!

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** The infamous baseball bat scene seems like an over-the-top fabrication. But not only did Al Capone really do this... he killed attacked ''three'' associates during a dinner party this way. At the same time!time! Capone didn't kill them outright, though; he beat them senseless and then had his bodyguards finish them off with bullets.
8th Nov '15 4:55:57 AM ecuvulle6267
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* OldFashionedCopper: Although not a British film, Creator/SeanConnery fills this role. His character is introduced by being such a hardass that he tells ''Elliot Ness'' to straighten up. His idea of recruiting a new cop? Go directly to the Police Academy and find the guy who shoots straightest.
** Gets downplayed in the end, seeing Connery's character ultimately picked the second-best shooter, as the best shooter could barely put together an intelligible sentence:
-->'''Connery''': I give you the next chief of police!
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