A blog becomes preeminent, it’s expected to have enthusiasms. Enthusiasms… Enthusiasms…
What are ours? What draws our admiration? What is that which gives us joy?
But don’t worry, we won’t whack you over the head with a baseball bat.
Brian De Palma’s 1987 masterpiece (and no, we don’t use that term loosely) was a thing of beauty. Sure, a bloody, profane, super-intense thing of beauty… but a thing of beauty all the same.
Starring Kevin Costner as Eliot Ness, Robert De Niro as Al Capone, and Sean Connery as Jim Malone, The Untouchables arrived in theaters on June 5, 1987 with all the subtlety of a… well, a baseball bat to the head.
It tells the story of Treasury Agent Ness and his tireless efforts to bring down Capone during the age of Prohibition. After assembling a gang of (let’s be honest) misfits, he does his job… but not without serious, carnage-filled consequences.
Wallace gets a shot to the head in the elevator as he’s transporting Capone’s bookkeeper, and Malone goes down in a hail of bullets, but not before crawling through his own blood in time to tell Ness which train Capone’s accountant would be on.
And then comes arguably one of the best filmed 10-minute sequences in all of filmdom, as De Palma plays homage to the 1925 classic Battleship Potemkin with the slo-mo shootout at Union Station. Backed by Ennio Morricone’s high-tension music, and the image of the baby carriage slowly bouncing down the marble steps, the scene is one of the most memorable of the 80s.
“You got him?” “Yeah.” “Take him.”
Incredibly, The Untouchables was only nominated for four Oscars–– score, costumes, art direction, and Connery for Best Supporting Actor (the lone winner), but it was more-than-solid at the box office, raking in more than $75 million and finishing 1987 as the #6 movie.
…and it gave us all new-found appreciation for baseball, too… so there’s that.
“You just fulfilled the first rule of law enforcement: Make sure when your shift is over, you go home alive. Here endeth the lesson…”
We ♥ The Untouchables.