Thursday, December 15, 2011

Day #22 - The Untouchables

I spent the entirety of yesterday watching my new favorite show - Boardwalk Empire, and totally forgot to pick a movie for the day, but I don't regret it one bit; as it inspired today's (Day #22) movie.

Movie #21

The Untouchables

This is one of the all-time great gangster flicks, which had great costumes, great sets, great cars, great guns, great locations, as it captured the Prohibition-era Chicago beautifully. An exhilarating, moving, vulgar, violent, funny experience, a cops vs. gangsters epic.

Brian De Palma's exquisite direction of this stylish crime drama; with superb performances from Sean Connery  as Jim Malone (which won him a well deserved Academy Award for Supporting Actor), Robert De Niro as Al Capone and Kevin Costner as Elliot Ness, who together brought a unique kind of charisma to the movie; makes it one of the greatest movies of all time.

NB - Although De Niro was De Palma's first choice to play Capone, the director met with Bob Hoskins to discuss the role. When De Niro took the part, director De Palma mailed Hoskins a cheque for £20,000 with a "Thank You" note, which prompted Hoskins to call up De Palma and ask him if there were any more movies he didn't want him to be in.

Happy Holidays!