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The Untouchables (1987)

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The Untouchables
Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Brian De Palma
Release Date 1987
Language English
Studio Paramount Pictures
Distributor Paramount Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Eliot Ness Kevin Costner
Jimmy Malone Sean Connery
Al Capone Robert De Niro
Frank Nitti Billy Drago
George Stone Andy Garcia
Oscar Wallace Charles Martin Smith
George Brad Sullivan
Chief Dorsett Richard Bradford
Catherine Ness Patricia Clarkson
The Bowtie Driver Vito D'Ambrosio

The Untouchables is the 1987 feature film adaptation of the popular 1959 television series of the same name that starred Robert Stack. As in the series, the film follows the exploits of Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner), a US Treasury Agent who during the time of Prohibition was determined to take down Chicago mobster Al Capone (Robert De Niro). While the film was based on the true story, several liberties were taken in regards to the actual events. The film was directed by Brian De Palma from a screenplay by David Mamet and the cast includes Andy Garcia, Charles Martin Smith, and Sean Connery, who received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Jimmy Malone. The film would also produce a brief television revival that premiered on the UPN Network in 1993.

The following weapons were used in the film The Untouchables:


Star Model B

Treasury Agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) carries a Star Model B as his sidearm in the film (the pistol was used due to its resemblance to the M1911A1 and because 9mm blanks were more reliable than .45 blanks) in scenes in which he fires it. Bowtie Driver (Vito D'Ambrosio), a gangster who holds the bookkeeper Walter Payne (Jack Kehoe) from Ness and Stone in the train station, holds a Star Model B to Payne's head.

Blued Star Model B - 9x19mm. This one is a screen-used and fired handgun from the movie and was used by Kevin Costner on screen.
Treasury Agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) holds his Star Model B outside the Capone warehouse.
Ness holds his Star Model B on a nosy reporter outside the warehouse.
The Bowtie Driver (Vito D'Ambrosio) fires his Star Model B during the final shootout.
The Bowtie Driver holds Walter Payne hostage.
Ness fires his Star Model B during the train station shootout. This whole scene is a homage to Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 silent film Battleship Potemkin and was itself parodied in the 1994 movie The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult starring Leslie Nielsen.
Ness's Star Model B runs out of ammunition and locks back.
One of Capone's gangsters (left) pull a Star Model B on Ness and Malone. The external extractor is faintly visible.

Star Model B (Nickel)

Frank Nitti (Billy Drago) carries a nickel-plated Star Model B in court, which Ness uses as an excuse to kick him out.

Star Model B Pistol with a custom bright nickel plated finish and pearl grips - 9x19mm. This is a screen used Star Model B from the films The Untouchables and Pulp Fiction.
Ness and a court officer take Nitti's nickel Star Model B.
Nitti holds his nickel Star Model B on the court officer.
Nitti waits for Ness to walk out of the roof entrance so he can shoot him.
Nitti tries to fire his locked back nickel Star Model B.
Nitti ejects the empty mag of his nickel Star Model B and takes a new one in his pocket.
Nitti inserts a new mag into his nickel Star Model B.
Nitti finally releases the slide of his nickel Star Model B.
Nitti holds his empty nickel Star Model B.


Treasury agent Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner) carries an M1911A1 throughout the film in scenes in which he is not firing his weapon. Treasury accountant Oscar Wallace (Charles Martin Smith) keeps one in a shoulder holster. Several of Capone's mobsters carry them.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP.
Ness comforts his daughter, M1911A1 in hand.
An Italian-speaking mobster credited as "Gunned Head" (Robert Miranda) is cornered by Ness with his own pearl-gripped M1911A1 on the Canadian border.
One of Capone's gangsters (right) pull a M1911A1 on Ness and Malone.


Colt Official Police

Chicago Police Officer Stone (Andy Garcia) uses a Colt Official Police while on the police academy firing range. A court officer is later seen with one, which he hands off to Ness for him to chase Nitti down. What is interesting about Ness's gun is that this particular version of the Official Police is actually a post-war gun (meaning it wasn't made until after 1950) whereas this movie takes place in the 1930s. The ramped front sight, flat hammer, and longer ejection rod cap are changes that were made after 1950. Pre-war guns would have a half-moon front sight and shorter ejector rod cap.

Colt Official Police - .38 Special
Officer Stone (Andy Garcia) on the firing range with his Colt Official Police.
Ness takes the court officer's revolver to chase Nitti.
Ness holds his revolver while looking for Nitti.
Ness is about to pull the trigger on Nitti when he has second thoughts.
Ness un-cocks the hammer using the knuckle of his thumb. In reality, this is a very unsafe method, as using your knuckle instead of the thumb has a greater chance of slippage, thus a nasty surprise awaits Nitti.

Colt Detective Special

A nickel plated Colt Detective Special is carried by Chicago PD Police Officer George Stone (Andy Garcia) as his backup gun, which he tosses to Ness during the train station shootout.

Colt Detective Special 1st Gen (Nickel) - .38 Special
"Oh, I like him."
Stone threatens Malone with his Colt DS when they meet.
Stone runs through the train station with his Model 10 and Detective Special.
Ness aims the snub nose at one of Capone's gangsters. Note that the cylinder is empty.

Colt New Service

One of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers is seen firing a Colt New Service while on horseback.

Colt New Service - .45 ACP
A Mountie to the left fires his Colt New Service.

Smith & Wesson Model 10

A Smith & Wesson Model 10 is carried by Stone (Andy Garcia). He uses it to kill the Bowtie Driver who is holding Payne hostage at the end of the shootout in the train depot. Malone (Sean Connery) also carries one, which he infamously uses to shoot an already dead gangster. Many other Chicago policemen carry Model 10s.

Screen-used Smith & Wesson Model 10 - .38 Special. This particular firearm is the one held and used by Malone (Sean Connery) when he shoots an already dead gangster in the mouth.
Malone and Stone pull out their Model 10s when the reporter interrupts their meal.
"What's the matter? Can't you talk with a gun in your mouth?"
Malone put the barrel of the S&W Model 10 into the mobster's mouth.
Stone runs through the train station with his Model 10 and Detective Special.
Stone aims his Model 10 at the Bowtie Driver.
Stone with the Model 10.
Stone holds his Model 10 after firing it.

Webley Mk IV

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Captain (Robert Swan) is seen firing a Webley Mk IV into the air when he prematurely launches the assault on Capone's men at the border.

Webley MK IV - .38 S&W
The Mountie Captain (Robert Swan) fires his Webley Mk IV into the air.

Submachine Guns

M1928 Thompson

Many gangsters as well as Malone and Stone use the M1928 Thompson during the film. Stone and Malone use them to great effect during the Canadian shootout. Frank Nitti notably uses one in a confrontation with Malone outside his apartment. Several Chicago Police Department officers carry these during the first raid in the film. According to the Ellis Props & Graphics NFA weapons list available on Long Mountain Outfitters' web site, there were a mix of M1921s and M1928 Thompsons used in the film.

M1928 Thompson - .45 ACP
Stone holds a Thompson as Malone explains their plan to Ness.
Stone on horseback with a Thompson.
Malone lays near a shot-up car belonging to the gangsters with his Thompson.
Nitti aims his Thompson at Malone.
The Thompson is pulled by Frank Rio (Valentino Cimo), the gangster whose nose was broken by Ness.
While in the station, a gangster (Joe Greco) opens fire with the Thompson.
The gangster (Joe Greco) takes a shot in the throat from Stone.


Winchester Model 1894

The Chicago Police Department uses Winchester Model 1894 rifles. A number of Winchester '94s can be seen in a gun rack at a police station.

Winchester Model 1894 - .30-30 Winchester
Behind Ness is a rack full of Winchester '94s.

M1917 Enfield

The M1917 Enfield is used by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

M1917 Enfield Rifle - .30-06 Springfield
"Mounties" with M1917 Enfields slung over their backs.
More Mounties with M1917 Enfields over their backs.


Winchester Model 1897

The Untouchables use Winchester Model 1897s on several occasions, such as the post office raid. Several Chicago Police Department officers carry these during the first raid in the film.

Winchester Model 1897 - 12 gauge. This is an imported copy of the non-take down version of the Winchester 1897 Shotgun (a Norinco 97W shotgun, imported by IAC).
An iconic photo of The Untouchables armed with their shotguns.
The Untouchables (Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Andy Garcia, and Charles Martin Smith) arm themselves with Winchester '97s for the post office alcohol raid.
The Untouchables prepare to raid the alcohol center inside the post office.

Winchester Model 1912

A Winchester Model 1912 is used by Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner) during the shootout in the train station. These are also used during the shootout on the Canadian/US border. Several Chicago Police Department officers carry these during the first raid in the film.

Winchester Model 1912 Riot Gun - 12 gauge
Ness riding a horse while armed with the Winchester shotgun.
Wallace (Charles Martin Smith) takes out a gangster with his Winchester shotgun just before he runs out of shells.
Ness fires his shotgun in a promotional image.
Ness reloads his Winchester as a gangster hides inside the house.
Ness pulls his shotgun from under his jacket and shoots a gangster one-handed.
Ness fires his shotgun during the train station shootout.

Rossi Overland sawed-off shotgun

A 12 gauge Rossi Overland sawed-off shotgun is kept by Malone (Sean Connery) in his apartment as a "home defense" weapon. The Rossi Overland sawed-off shotgun was built by the late gunsmith Branko Wohlfahrt for Ellis Mercantile.

The Rossi Overland sawed-off shotgun used in the film, supplied by Ellis Mercantile - 12 gauge
The screen used Rossi Overland sawed-off shotgun held and used by Sean Connery in the film - 12 gauge
Malone answers the door, Rossi Overland in hand.
Malone berates the Bowtie Driver for "bringing a knife to a gunfight".


Mk 2 hand grenade

Ness tosses a Mk 2 hand grenade over the Canadian cabin to force a gangster to run inside.

Mk 2 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
The grenade lands next to the porch.

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