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The Untouchables: An Instant Classic

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It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed since The Untouchables became a hot, hit movie
starring Kevin Costner as Eliot Ness, Sean Connery as Jim Malone and Robert
DeNiro
as Al Capone. (What a dream cast
it was!) The great Patricia Clarkson as
Catherine Ness was no slouch, either. 

They even signed erudite playwright David Mamet to write the
script (no small feat since Mamet has had a longstanding love-hate relationship
with

Hollywood).

The story of determined, untouchable lawman Eliot Ness versus the legendary bad guy bootlegger Al Capone
indeed was an instant classic by the inimitable director Brian DiPalma, making
$76 million at the box office.

Here are five things you may not have known about The Untouchables, which you can watch
tomorrow on AMC at 8 p.m. in all its newly restored glory: 

1) It
was based on a hit ABC-TV show from the late 50s starring Robert Stack
and
narrated by legendary newsman Walter Winchell. It lasted 118 episodes
until its demise in 1963. The show spawned various books and toys
before it ended.

2) It’s
rumored that DeNiro, ever the perfectionist, tracked down the Al Capone’s
original tailors to make his threads look oh-so-back-in-the-day.

3) Bob
Hoskins was supposed to star as Al Capone. But when DeNiro agreed to sign on, Hoskins was reportedly paid two
hundred grand to step down.

4) There
was a video game based on the DiPalma movie for the Nintendo Entertainment
System.

5) Ness was honored in the Tupac/Dr. Dre song, “California
Love
”:
Now let me welcome everybody to
the wild, wild west.
A state that’s untouchable like
Eliot Ness
.

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