History Film / TheUntouchables

31st Aug '17 4:28:31 PM HalcyonDayz
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Based on the exploits of (RealLife) [[TheRoaringTwenties 1920s]] Chicago Prohibiton agent Eliot Ness and his group of loyal agents, nicknamed "The Untouchables" because of their refusal to be bribed by the Mob as many others were at the time. Most notable for pursuing bootleggers and gangster UsefulNotes/AlCapone (and eventually arresting him--[[JusticeByOtherLegalMeans on tax evasion charges]]!)

to:

Based on the exploits of (RealLife) [[TheRoaringTwenties 1920s]] Chicago Prohibiton Prohibition agent Eliot Ness and his group of loyal agents, nicknamed "The Untouchables" because of their refusal to be bribed by the Mob as many others were at the time. Most notable for pursuing bootleggers and gangster UsefulNotes/AlCapone (and eventually arresting him--[[JusticeByOtherLegalMeans on tax evasion charges]]!)



* BadassCrew: The Untouchables. Even Oscar the nerdy tax accountant (tax accountant for crying out loud!) achieves CMoAs. Even more badass in real life, considering that unlike the film, [[spoiler:they all lived]].

to:

* BadassCrew: The Untouchables. Even Oscar the nerdy tax accountant (tax accountant for crying out loud!) achieves CMoAs.SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome. Even more badass in real life, considering that unlike the film, [[spoiler:they all lived]].
24th Aug '17 8:29:04 AM Azreal
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* CouldntFindAPen: After murdering [[spoiler: Oscar Wallace and George

to:

* CouldntFindAPen: After murdering [[spoiler: Oscar Wallace and George George]]
8th Jul '17 8:50:44 PM Mort08
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ShooOutTheClowns: [[spoiler:Out of the four main characters, PluckyComicRelief Oscar Wallace is the first to die.]]
8th Jul '17 8:44:27 PM Mort08
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** [[spoiler:Played completely straight in the BabyCarriage scene.]]
5th Jul '17 7:08:48 PM gjjones
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* TheFaceless: When Ness is first introduced reading a newspaper on Nitti's bar bombing, the audience only sees him behind.
26th Jun '17 1:01:23 AM randomguy399
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* AffablyEvil: Al Capone is a MagnificentBastard who goes from pontificating on the joys of baseball one second to savagely murdering an associate with a bat the next. Every word that passes his lips is met by sycophantic laughter.
5th Jun '17 8:00:05 PM MawofWinter
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

*DeathByRacism: A Rare heroic example with Malone. When the mob sends a knife man into his apartment, Malone pulls a sawed-off shotgon on him. Malone calls the knife man repeatedly a "Dago" while chasing him out out of his apartment. Frank Nitti guns down Malone at the doorway immediately after that.
27th May '17 11:27:46 AM CumbersomeTercel
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* AdaptationalAttractiveness: [[http://a3.files.biography.com/image/upload/c_fit,cs_srgb,dpr_1.0,h_1200,q_80,w_1200/MTE1ODA0OTcxOTQyMDUzMzg5.jpg The real Nitti]] was an {{Expy}} of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, not the skinny pale psychopath of the film.



* BeingGoodSucks: At first, Ness disposes every lawful procedure to catch Capone, then Jim Malone shows him a much more unorthodox way to defeat the gangster's organization. [[spoiler:At the end, he forces the judge to change the corrupt jury telling him that he would say his name is in said corrupt jury's list]].



* BoomHeadshot: When Nitti shoots the informant in the elevator.

to:

* BoomHeadshot: When Nitti shoots the informant in the elevator.elevator and when Stone shoots Bowtie Driver.



--> '''Malone:''' And don't let him dry himself until after he talks!

to:

--> '''Malone:''' And don't let him dry clean himself until after he talks!talks!
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Malone to his fellow police workers. His old friend Mike points out that his new clothes are not very proper for an officer.



* CouldntFindAPen: After murdering [[spoiler: Oscar Wallace and George the Bookkeeper]] in an elevator, Frank Nitti uses their blood to write the word "TOUCHABLE" on the wall.

to:

* CoolOldGuy: Even with his brute personality, Malone is a friendly and charismatic man.
* CopKiller: Nitti. [[spoiler:In addition to Wallace and Malone, he also kills two uniformed cops as he leaves the police station]].
* CouldntFindAPen: After murdering [[spoiler: Oscar Wallace and George the Bookkeeper]] in an elevator, Frank Nitti uses their blood to write the word "TOUCHABLE" on the wall.



* CreepyMonotone: Nitti doesn't talk much, but when he does, it's like this.



* TheDragon: Frank Nitti.

to:

* TheDragon: TheDragon [=/=] DragonInChief: Frank Nitti.Nitti.
* TheDreaded: Capone is very feared because of his HairTriggerTemper and the violent consequences he may take if someone messes with him. Just look at [[OhCrap the face of the barber]] who accidentally cut him at the beginning.



* TheGunslinger: Stone is one of the two best gunmen at the police academy (and didn't stutter like Williamson). One of the reasons he got recruited.



* HappilyMarried: Catherine and Eliot are never seen arguing even with the stressful situation they're living with.



* HeroKiller: Nitti [[spoiler:murders George the accountant, Oscar, the two cops who were going to be escorting George, and Malone, plus several people, including a little girl.]]



* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Ness is the leader of the ''[[MeaningfulName Untouchables]]'' no less. Tell that to the corrupt alderman who tried to bribe him. He ain't playing in the same league as Capone.



* IntrepidReporter: Scoop, though he is seen more in public appearances, he went to the snowplow raid to get a exclusive.



* ManInWhite: Frank Nitti.

to:

* ManInWhite: Frank Nitti.Nitti is always seen wearing white clothes, except in the baseball bat scene (though he has a white tie). It also has a very symbolic black and white contrast with Ness' (a law enforcement agent) suit..



** Wallace when Nitti turns his gun on him.



* PsychoForHire: Frank Nitti.

to:

* PsychoForHire: Frank Nitti.Nitti kills people without even battling an eye and takes pride in it.


Added DiffLines:

* TheQuietOne:
** Stone almost never speaks, unless when he has to.
** Nitti is usually seen in silence, but when he talks...
* RageBreakingPoint: Ness is fairly a non-violent person but then Capone menaces his family, faces the very gangster himself after [[spoiler:Oscar Wallace is killed by Frank Nitti]] and [[spoiler:throws Nitti off the building rooftop when he says that [[BerserkButton Malone died screaming like a pig]]]].


Added DiffLines:

* UnfriendlyFire: Bowtie Driver guns down several civilians who get caught in the crossfire during the shootout in the train station.


Added DiffLines:

* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never find out what happened to Chief Mike Dorsett after his fight with Malone.
26th May '17 6:52:44 PM CumbersomeTercel
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* AffablyEvil: Al Capone is a MagnificentBastard who goes from pontificating on the joys of baseball one second to savagely murdering an associate with a bat the next. Every word that passes his lips is met by sycophantic laughter.



* AlmostDeadGuy: [[spoiler:Malone]] takes a burst from a Thompson in the chest, but manages to live long enough to talk later.
* ArchEnemy: Al Capone to Eliot Ness.
* ArtifactAlias: While recruiting George Stone, Malone becomes suspicious of his accent and soon learns Stone was born Giuseppe Petri, later changing his name to disguise his Italian heritage. However, the character continues to go by Stone for the rest of the film, and is referred to as Giuseppe on only one other occasion.



* BadassCrew: The Untouchables. Even Oscar the nerdy tax accountant (tax accountant for crying out loud!) achieves CMoAs. Even more badass in real life, considering that unlike the film, [[spoiler:they all lived]].
* BadassInANiceSuit: Eliot Ness is the most classy of the group thanks to his black suit (provided by the very ''Giorgio Armani'' no less!). Though most of the time he wears a longcoat, it's in the rooftop chase scene where he finally has some action with it.



* BatterUp: Al Capone famously used a baseball bat to savagely murder one of his subordinates.
* BigBad: Capone, of course, is the main antagonist of the film.

to:

* BatterUp: Al Capone famously used uses a baseball bat to savagely murder one of his subordinates.
* BigBad: Capone, of course, is the main antagonist of the film.
subordinates. This was inspired by a real incident, though he actually killed two subordinates.



* BigBad: Capone, of course, is the main antagonist of the film.



* BoomHeadshot: When Nitti shoots the informant in the elevator.
* BribeBackfire: A corrupt alderman tries to bribe Ness on behalf of Capone. The alderman suffers no personal consequences but he does incur a classic scolding from Ness (in front of Ness's team), including the splendid line "In Roman times, when a fellow was convicted of trying to bribe a public official, they would cut off his nose, and sew him in a bag with a wild animal, and throw him in a river," and has the bribe tossed back at him.



--> '''Malone:''' And don't let him dry his pants until after!
* ByTheBookCop: Eliot Ness, at least at first.

to:

--> '''Malone:''' And don't let him dry his pants himself until after!
after he talks!
* ByTheBookCop: Eliot Ness, at least at first. He's quickly taught the folly of this when faced with the likes of Capone. He then goes full CowboyCop, raids places without a warrant, and, in one case, outright murders [[spoiler:Nitti]], whom he just arrested.



* ClimbingClimax: Capone's trial is interrupted when Nitti flees to the roof of the courthouse after shooting a bailiff.
* CombatPragmatist:
** Malone spells it out for Ness:
-->"You wanna know how you do it? Here's how, they pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That's the Chicago way, and that's how you get Capone! Now do you want to do that? Are you ready to do that?"
** Later in the film, Malone is attacked in his apartment by a gangster but fights him off saying, "Just like a wop to [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight bring a knife to a gun fight]]".
** The gangsters are pretty pragmatic too. [[spoiler:Said gangster lures Malone to Nitti...]]



* CoolGuns:
** Ness and his crew use Winchester Model 1897s.
** Malone uses a sawed-off Rossi Overland shotgun as a home defense weapon.
** The Canadian Mounties who assist Ness's team in the border ambush are armed with P'14 rifles.



* DangerouslyCloseShave: The opening scene.

to:

* CrapsaccharineWorld: Creator/BrianDePalma deliberately made Capone's surroundings very lavish and sumptuous:
-->"My image of ''The Untouchables'' is that corruption looks great. It's like UsefulNotes/NaziGermany. It's clean. It's big. Everything runs smoothly. The problem is all the oppressed people are in some camp somewhere and nobody ever sees them. So the world of Chicago is a slick world. A world that's run by money and corruption and it looks '''fabulous'''."
* DangerouslyCloseShave: The In the opening scene.scene, Al Capone moves his head while having a shave. Everyone in the room freezes as they see that the barber has cut him. [[PetTheDog Capone dismisses the unintentional injury.]]



* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: Malone dies in Ness's arms]].
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: While he's lured to his death quite easily, [[spoiler: Malone]] doesn't die after absorbing [[MoreDakka a full magazine of bullets]], crawls almost the full length of his apartment to bring a vital clue into Ness' attention, and then delivers meaningful FinalWords in his final breath. The scene couldn't be underscored better by Morricone's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWCG5X3zqW0 death theme]].

to:

* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: Malone dies in Ness's arms]].
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: While he's lured to his death quite easily, [[spoiler: Malone]] doesn't die
arms after absorbing [[MoreDakka Nitti ambushes him with a full magazine of bullets]], crawls almost Tommy Gun, but not before passing on vital information about the full length of his apartment to bookkeeper whose testimony can bring a vital clue into Ness' attention, and then delivers meaningful FinalWords in his final breath. The scene couldn't be underscored better by Morricone's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWCG5X3zqW0 death theme]].Capone down]].



* DressingAsTheEnemy: A villainous example - Frank Nitti briefly dresses up as a police officer to infiltrate the police department and assassinate [[spoiler:Oscar]] and the informant, along with two police officers who were waiting outside.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: While he's lured to his death quite easily, [[spoiler: Malone]] doesn't die after absorbing [[MoreDakka a full magazine of bullets]], crawls almost the full length of his apartment to bring a vital clue into Ness' attention, and then delivers meaningful FinalWords in his final breath. The scene couldn't be underscored better by Morricone's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWCG5X3zqW0 death theme]].



* EvilOverlooker: The poster has Capone looming large like Darth Vader over [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou Elliot Ness as he is about to shoot you]] and the other Untouchables in [[PistolPose rifle poses]].

to:

* EvilOverlooker: The poster has Capone looming large like [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader Vader]] over [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou Elliot Ness as he is about to shoot you]] and the other Untouchables in [[PistolPose rifle poses]].



* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: Eliot Ness (the Realist), Jimmy Malone (the Cynic), George Stone (the Optimist), and Oscar Wallace (the Apathetic).
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Eliot Ness (choleric), Jimmy Malone (melancholic), Oscar Wallace (phlegmatic), and George Stone (sanguine).



* GunsAkimbo: Stone uses two guns during the shoot-out at the train station. Note that, in his introduction, Stone is presented as something of a pistol prodigy.
* HairTriggerTemper: Capone, when not in public, is easy to piss off with a single failure or even in an attempt to cross him. In the court, he had to be hold by several men when his lawyer turns against him or else he could have made another baseball bat scene 2.0.



* HeroesWantRedheads: Eliot Ness is married to a lovely red-headed called Catherine.



* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Eliot Ness, Al Capone, and Frank Nitti.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Elliot Ness and his Untouchables skillfully combat Al Capone and ultimately bring him down on tax evasion charges. In reality, while the Untouchables put pressure on Capone's organization, and Ness weeded out the corruption in Chicago's law enforcement, it was an unrelated IRS operation that ultimately brought down Capone. Ness's self-promotion at the time helped popularize the impression that Ness was responsible. The film also portrays Ness as an ActionDad who gains resolve when Capone targets his family, but Ness had no children when taking on Capone. His later life was marked with business failures and alcoholism.



* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Frank Nitti disguises himself as a police officer to assassinate the bookkeeper the Untouchables have persuaded to testify.



* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. After leading a raid on Capone's gang on the Canadian border, Ness has captured one of the gang's coders and is interrogating him in a nearby cabin. The man refuses to talk, so Malone walks outside and pulls another member of the gang to his feet against the window. Exclaiming he's fed up with the easy way, Malone sticks his gun in the man's mouth, and demands information by counting down from three. When met with no response, he [[BoomHeadshot blows the gangster's brains out into the room.]] This scares the captured man enough to spill everything. Unbeknownst to said coder, the other gangster was already a corpse (he was shot by Ness in the earlier firefight).



* KilledMidSentence: The 'Bowtie Driver'. Mid countdown.



* LargeHam: Capone, particularly during his VillainousBreakdown.



* TheLastDJ: When Ness asks Malone why he's still a beat cop at his age, the latter answers that he's one of the few policemen in Chicago who isn't on the take.



* MentorArchetype: Malone teaches Ness how to deal with Capone's forces in Chicago beyond conventional legal methods.



* 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]].

to:

* MobWar: Chicago is being torn apart by the violence between different mobs. TruthInTelevision.
* 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]].bat]].
* MoneyIsNotPower: This Trope is the entire reason for the film's title. Eliot Ness and his group cannot be bribed, which is Al Capone's usual way of keeping the cops away from him.



* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Malone is supposed to be Irish, yet Creator/SeanConnery speaks in his normal accent. When asked why he didn't attempt an Irish accent for the film, he reportedly said, "If I didn't talk like this, you wouldn't know who I am." (it was named "[[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/3032052.stm Worst Accent Ever]]" by a UK magazine).
* OfCorpseHesAlive: The team are trying to interrogate a mobster to no effect. Malone goes outside to grab the body of a gangster killed in a shoot-out and pops him up against the window in front of the suspect's sight, hiding the man's bullet wound. He then berates the corpse as if interrogating him, pushing a gun to his head and finally shooting it. Naturally, the terrified mobster agrees to tell anything he knows.



* OldCopYoungCop: Malone and Ness.



* OminousMusicBoxTune: The tune is first heard as Elliot helps a woman struggling with her baby carriage up the stairs. The second time we hear it is at the end of the bloody shootout immediately afterward.



* PistolPose: The poster has the other three Untouchables holding rifles in the back as [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou Ness is about to shoot you]] and under a giant Capone as EvilOverlooker.
* PleaseIWillDoAnything: Happens twice. First when George, the man who was checking the alcohol cargo in the Canadian frontier, gets scared after Jim Malone shoots a gangster's corpse to intimidate him and promises to talk about Capone's tax evasion. Then at the Chicago Train Station, where Walter Payne, Capone's bookkeeper, is held at gunpoint by a gangster and encourages Ness to kill him, promising he will tell anything about Capone's tax evasion in the trial.



* SaveTheVillain: The film both affirms and subverts the trope when Elliot Ness first assists Frank Nitti, whom he had cornered dangling from a rope off the edge of a building, and then after enduring some EvilGloating Ness [[KillHimAlready reappraises the situation]] and casually throws him off the roof.



* {{Scotireland}}: Sean Connery plays an Irish cop using his real accent, and it's never addressed. This is, however, rather common for Connery.
* ScreamingWoman: A woman's scream starts off the staircase shootout when she sees Elliot Ness take a shotgun out from under his BadassLongcoat. After that her screams are all silent with only the gunshots and the wheels of the BabyCarriage bumping down the stairs being heard.



* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: [[http://img.listal.com/image/149170/600full-the-untouchables-poster.jpg Kevin Costner is about to shoot you while Sean Connery watches!]]



* ShootTheHostageTaker: At the climax of ''Film/TheUntouchables''.
-->'''Gangster:''' Me and the bookkeeper are walking out of here, getting into a car, and driving away. Or else he dies. He dies, and you ain't got nothing. You've got five seconds to make up your minds.\\
'''Eliot Ness:''' ''[ignores the gangster, addresses Stone]'' You got him?\\
'''Stone:''' ''[Stone is lying flat on his back, supporting a baby with one hand and holding a revolver in the other]'' Yeah, I got him.\\
'''Gangster:''' One!\\
'''Ness:''' Take him.\\
'''Stone:''' ''[headshot]'' Two.



** This being a Creator/BrianDePalma film, the opening bar bombing owes a debt to Hitchcock.

to:

** This being a Creator/BrianDePalma film, the opening bar bombing owes a debt to Hitchcock.Creator/AlfredHitchcock.
* ShutUpHannibal: When [[spoiler:Frank Nitti]] says this to Eliot Ness to taunt him about killing Malone before shoving him off a roof:
--> '''Nitti''': "He died screaming, like a stuck Irish pig. Now you think about that when I beat the rap."\\
(Ness [[TranquilFury gets calmly pissed]] and drags Nitti to the ledge and tosses him off, Nitti screams on the way down)\\
'''Ness''': Did he sound anything like that?!?


Added DiffLines:

* SoundtrackDissonance: [[spoiler:Malone]]'s death scene is interspliced with clips of Capone watching a performance of the opera Pagliacci, and sincerely weeping over the beauty of the singer's voice. The music is not cut off whenever the scene cuts away from the opera it continues to play over both locations.
* SpecsOfAwesome: Besides coming up with the plan to take down UsefulNotes/AlCapone, Oscar Wallace shows himself to be this. During the Canadian border battle, when his tommy gun jams, he charges one of the hoods and knocks him unconscious with the gun butt. [[spoiler: Sadly, after the battle his badassery will be short-lived.]]


Added DiffLines:

* StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred: Done by Nitti to Ness. He's really just playing a BatmanGambit to toy with him, except it backfires. [[CarCushion Badly.]]


Added DiffLines:

* TokenEnemyMinority: George Stone (birth name Giuseppe Petri), is also Italian. This leads to bigotry from Malone, who calls him a "thieving wop" upon discovering that he is Italian. Interestingly enough, Stone is played by Andy Garcia who is actually Cuban, not Italian, but is famous for playing Italian characters.


Added DiffLines:

* VillainBall: Nitti murders [[spoiler: Jimmy Malone]] by writing his apartment address [[GoingByTheMatchbook on a matchbook]]. Unfortunately for him, he forgets to dispose of it after his hit. When he bumps into Eliot Ness, he offers the matchbook to light his cigarette with. Ness sees the address, and putting two and two together, chases Nitti and [[spoiler: pushes him off a roof [[CarCushion into a car]].]]
** Nitti also can't leave well enough alone! [[spoiler: Ness pulls him up to the roof after considering shooting him when he's hanging by a rope but then Nitti starts gloating about killing Malone, saying that he "died screaming like a stuck up pig" which is what finally makes Ness throw him off the roof.]]


Added DiffLines:

* WouldYouLikeToHearHowTheyDied: Frank Nitti tells Elliot Ness how he killed Jim Malone and that he died screaming like a stick Irish pig. It doesn't end well for Nitti.
26th May '17 9:38:00 AM Dragon101
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Well, sure, Capone himself was a CorruptCorporateExecutive who wasn't above killing his own associates or starting a MobWar, but the real Al was ''much'' less monstrous than the version here. Also, the movie's Capone had no problem killing kids, while the real Capone tried to avoid any bystander injuries in gun battles, and paid their hospital bills for them if they were hurt.

to:

** Well, sure, Capone himself was a CorruptCorporateExecutive ruthless crime boss who wasn't above killing his own associates or starting a MobWar, but the real Al was ''much'' less monstrous than the version here. Also, the movie's Capone had no problem killing kids, while the real Capone tried to avoid any bystander injuries in gun battles, and paid their hospital bills for them if they were hurt.
This list shows the last 10 events of 157. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Film.TheUntouchables