The Untouchables (1987)

 

 

 

Director:    Brian De Palma.

Starring:    Kevin Costner (Eliot Ness), Sean Connery (James Malone), Charles Martin Smith (Oscar Wallace), Andy Garcia (George Stone), Robert De Niro (Al Capone), Richard Bradford (Mike), Jack Kehoe (Walter Payne), Brad Sullivan (George), Billy Drago (Frank Nitti),  Patricia Clarkson (Catherine Ness), Vito D'Ambrosio (Bow Tie Driver), Steve Goldstein (Scoop), Peter Aylward (Lt. Alderson), Don Harvey (Preseuski).

American crime fighter, head of a nine-man team of law officers called the "Untouchables," who opposed Al Capone's underworld network in Chicago.

 

 

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Historical Background:

 

 

Eliot Ness

1903  -- born in Chicago.

Graduates from the University of Chicago.

1929  --  at age 26 he is hired as a special agent of the U.S. Department of Justice to head the Prohibition bureau in Chicago, with the express purpose of going after Al Capone.

Because the men, all in their 20s, hired to help him are extremely dedicated and unbribable, they are nicknamed the Untouchables. They lead big raids on breweries and speakeasies that attract newspaper headlines. The Untouchables' infiltration of the underworld secures evidence that helps send Capone to prison for income-tax evasion.

1933-35  --  Ness in charge of the alcohol-tax unit of the U.S. Department of the Treasury .

1935-41  --  Ness director of public safety in Cleveland.

1941-45  -- during World War II, director of the Division of Social Protection of the Federal Security Agency in Washington, D.C.

1945 -- goes into private business.

1957  -- dies.  

 

 

 

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