Picks and Pans Review: The Untouchables

updated 01/25/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/25/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

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This series about Prohibition-era crime fighter Eliot Ness owes more to Brian DePalma's 1987 film version than it does to the stark. gritty show that aired on ABC in the early '60s. As Ness, Tom Amandes is more of a bleeding heart a la Jimmy Stewart (whom he resembles) than a Robert Stack, who as Ness was a righteous sword-of-God automaton. In the original series, Al Capone had already been packed off to prison. In this richly textured remake, Scarface is front and center and played with enormous vigor by sleepy-eyed B-movie bad guy William Forsythe.

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