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アンタッチャブル(1987年) The Untouchables (1987)

監督:ブライアン・デ・パルマ/Director: Brian De Palma
出演 本文に含む/Starring: (included in text)

コネリーにガルシャ 最高の脇役陣


Connery and Garcia: the best supporting actors

This really is a film with a solid support. In Prohibition-era Chicago‚ the dark lord who controls the underworld‚ Al Capone (Robert De Niro) and The Untouchables (those who can’t be bribed); a group of four law enforcers who have vowed to arrest him. Prohibition agent Ness (Kevin Costner) is helped by uncompromising veteran police officer Malone (Sean Connery)‚ ace marksman George (Andy Garcia) from the police academy that Malone trusts‚ and tax accountant Wallace (Charles Martin Smith) who discovered that the way to arrest Capone is through his tax evasion.
Costner’s performance can be said to be somewhat restrained‚ but as an actor without too much facial expression- scolding and laughing- he is the type who doesn’t easily show his emotions. Would this difficult personality be reflected as it is? The films he directed; Dances With Wolves and Wyatt Earp- the former won him the Oscar for Best Director‚ but all that we remember is the poor dog that ran after his master and was shot. In the latter‚ why was a guy who was poaching buffalo working as a sheriff? The running time was so long that I became unable to understand it.
Even so‚ why is The Untouchables such an excellent film? It’s because the supporting actors and director are good. The spirited Malone. The high point of fine fellow George in the train station steps scene. It is a homage to Eisenstein’s film The Battleship Potemkin. A baby in a carriage bumps its way down the stairs toward George‚ and just as it is about to tip over‚ he manages to stop it falling by slipping in under the wheels‚ then with his right hand aims at the mafioso who is holding a gun to the head of an important witness (as they are at the top of the stairs‚ it is quite some distance).
If he fails‚ the witness whom Malone has risked his life to get will be eliminated. George‚ without raising an eyebrow- “leave it to me”- and takes down the mafioso with one shot. This kind of “men becoming the scene” is captured perfectly by Palma. Sean Connery got the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Andy Garcia also shined. Dark appearances are the brains of the group‚ and the relative weight of the first victim becoming tax accountant Wallace is heavy. Finally‚ I’d like to say something about the main character. Ness‚ who is leaving Chicago after arresting Capone‚ is asked by a newspaper reporter‚ “Ness‚ what are you going to do now?” to which he replies‚ “I think I’ll have a drink.” as usual it was a sharp and hard voice that was mixed with a smile.