With Father's Day around the corner, a personal look my father's favorites
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3. "The Untouchables" (Brian De Palma, 1987)
Sean Connery shows his face once again on my countdown, this time for the film that won him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Brian De Palma’s direction of a firecracker David Mamet screenplay is definitely one of Dad’s favorites, but it also contains some of my earliest “Hey, cool!” movie memories. The scene that leaps to mind, of course, is the station steps sequence, a master class in suspenseful film editing. But I also recall being unnerved (in a good way) by the way Sean Connery’s Jim Malone stands up a dead mobster and blows a hole into his mouth to get a wormy bookie talking. Powerful stuff.