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YMMV: The Untouchables

The film contains examples of:

  • Awesome Music: Original score by Ennio Morricone himself.
    • Its centerpiece, The Strength of the Righteous, is instantly recognizable to many, but few remember its origins in this film.
    • Victorious / End Credits provides an uplifting contrast to an ominous score / grim film.
    • Al Capone's Theme. The second half plays during the scene where a jubilant Al Capone gets word that Eliot Ness' sting operation was a fiasco; there's even a very jarring "wah-wah" horn section in it, as if Capone is mocking Ness.
  • Cliché Storm: The amount of tropes this film plays remorselessly straight (among other things, The Mentor, Never Hurt an Innocent, Sacrificial Lion, Man of Wealth and Taste, The Squad, You Have Failed Me, Black and White Morality, Very Loosely Based on a True Story, etc) can be rather jarring to to some modern viewers. But seeing how popular the film became in its day, and what a great following it still has, it wasn't necessarily a bad thing.
  • Complete Monster: Frank Nitti is presented as a Psycho for Hire for Al Capone. Introduced early on as Capone's main enforcer and hitman, Nitti is seen bombing a restaurant with a little girl inside, not caring that she's killed as well. Through the film, Nitti handles Capone's wetwork, ruthlessly murdering anyone in his way with barely disguised relish, slaughtering two policemen on The Untouchables squad and writing "touchable" on the wall in their blood, and later gunning down tough Irish cop Malone. He threatens Elliot Ness's family if he won't drop his case. Nitti later tries to rub his own status as untouchable in Ness's face, even taunting him that Malone "died screaming like a stuck Irish Pig," which finally makes even the composed Ness snap.
  • Consolation Award: A conversation in the film Trainspotting suggests that Connery received the nod for Best Supporting Actor for this reason.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Any police officer seen drinking alcohol on-screen during the film gets killed.
  • Memetic Mutation: "I want him dead! I want his family.. dead!"
    • "You're nothing but a lot of talk and a badge!!"
    • The whole "How to get Capone" speech.
    • "Somebody messes with me, I gotta mess with him."
  • Nightmare Fuel: Nitti's smashed corpse lying in the car it fell through. The score doesn't help.
  • Tear Jerker: Malone's and Oscar's deaths.
    • The little girl who gets blown up at the beginning and the grieving mother who went to Ness afterwards.


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