1987 Certificate: 15


Notorious mobster Al Capone (Robert De Niro) - rules the crime-infested streets of 1920s Chicago - until he is targeted by incorruptible lawman Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) and his handpicked team. Sean Connery landed an Oscar as the Irish street cop who teaches Ness "the Chicago way" in Brian De Palma's perfectly executed thriller. A class act all round, from David Mamet's quote-worthy script to the prohibition era threads by Georgio Armani.


  • Brian De Palma


  • Kevin Costner

  • Robert De Niro

  • Sean Connery

  • Andy Garcia

  • Charles Martin Smith


Whatever you might have expected from director Brian De Palma's account of the 1931 battle of wills between clean-cut law enforcer Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) and gangland tsar Al Capone (Robert De Niro), it couldn't have been a re-run of the old Robert Stack TV series.

Yet that's more or less what you get, done with some style, and the addition of blood (lots of it) and expletives.

And there's a further dimension in the shape of Sean Connery's veteran cop, who joins and mentors the Untouchables; this fully-rounded portrait deservedly won Connery an Academy Award.