There are solid and magnificent performances in this motion picture. Kevin Costner is Eliot Ness. Andy Garcia stars as Stone, an aspiring police officer with a great shooting practice record. Sean Connery, in an Oscar-winning role, stars as Jimmy Malone, a tough policeman who knows a thing or two about a corrupt police force and what it takes to bring Capone to justice. Patricia Clarkson stars as Mrs. Ness, a small role, but much needed to provide balance in an otherwise gritty movie. Last, but not least, Robert De Niro stars as Al Capone, displaying all the sheer brutality the man himself was capable of.
The story was brilliantly written by David Mamet (Wag the Dog), masterfully directed by Brian de Palma, and the glorious musical score was by the hand of Ennio Morricone, for which he received an Oscar nomination.