Trivia / The Untouchables

The 1987 movie

  • Actor-Inspired Element: It was Sean Connery's idea to film the "blood oath" scene between Ness and Malone in a Catholic church. Originally it was going to take place on the street (in the same scene that follows the church scene). Connery felt that a church would be the only "safe" place in Chicago where the two characters would make such a commitment to fight Capone.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Robert De Niro gained 30 pounds for his role as Capone, and (allegedly) even insisted on wearing the same clothes Capone did, right down to his silk underwear.
  • Fake Nationality: Sean Connery as an Irishman, Cuban-American Andy Garcia as an Italian-American (first generation).
  • Star-Making Role: For Kevin Costner and Andy Garcia.
  • Throw It In: Kevin Costner ad-libbed the line "He's in the car," after throwing Nitti off of the roof.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Harrison Ford turned down the role of Eliot Ness. Mel Gibson turned it down in order to star in Lethal Weapon. Creator/Mickey Rourke, Michael Douglas, Jeff Bridges, Nick Nolte, Jack Nicholson, William Hurt, Tom Berenger and Don Johnson also passed on it.
    • Bob Hoskins was cast as Al Capone, but was paid a bundle of money once Brian De Palma brought Robert De Niro, the director's first choice all along, onboard.
    • Gene Hackman was offered the role of Malone.
    • In the original script, the final gunfight had Eliot Ness and George Stone battling Capone gunmen on a stopped train. Brian De Palma conceived the gunfight on the steps in Chicago's Union Station when Paramount decided that staging the scene and finding a 1930s period train would be too expensive.
    • There was originally a different ending for the movie. It was to have been a scene with the camera shooting a close up of Capone's face as it is being warmed up for a shave. And then the camera would have craned up to show the audience that he has reporters around him, but he is in his jail cell.