The main entrance is on Canal Street opposite the headhouse, but passengers can also reach the platforms directly from the headhouse via an underground passageway. Above, historic photos of Union Station's cafe, barbershop and dining room. De Palma's storytelling instincts have given way completely to his interest in film as a visual medium. Movie buffs will notice that certain features from the shootout scene — most notably a clock that Ness watched before the gunbattle — are absent. Set in Chicago, the primary goal of the game is to take down 's henchmen and eventually detain Capone. In 1984, it bought out the shares of Chicago Union Station Company held by successor to the Burlington Route and the Milwaukee Road, becoming sole owner of the station. When the judge, who is also on Capone's payroll, refuses to consider it as evidence of jury tampering Ness bluffs him into thinking that his name is in Payne's ledger of payoffs.
Though the tension is imminent from the beginning of the scene, De Palma paces the scene in a leisurely manner, leaving the viewer stunned and startled by the sudden turn of events. That year a investigation revealed high levels of diesel soot on the underground platforms of Union Station. Simultaneous events — The pram is the magic ingredient in the sequence. As Payne testifies at Capone's trial, explaining the untaxed cash flows throughout the syndicate, Ness observes that Capone seems unusually relaxed and also sees Nitti carrying a gun under his jacket. Conversely, of the praised the film for its action sequences and locations but disapproved of David Mamet's script and Brian De Palma's direction. Numerous spaces within the station have yet to be renovated, and many sit unused, especially within the headhouse. But one key item is support for freight rail, with several projects in the pipeline that would help unclog Union Station, which was built as a long-distance rail hub but now mostly houses Metra's commuter service.
A few late comers for an earlier train came, and she directed them to run and alerted the conductor that a runner was coming. The scene pays an obvious homage to the Odessa steps scene from Battleship Potemkin. Stone gives Ness a list, taken from Nitti's jacket, that shows bribes paid to the jurors. Wallace prepares to escort George from the Chicago police station to a safe house, but they are shot and killed by Nitti, who has infiltrated the station dressed as an police officer. South of the station, Adams, Jackson, and Van Buren Streets rose over the tracks and the river on bridges. One corner of the waiting areas was devoted to the film industry in Chicago with information and photos about movies that filmed in Chicago at Union Station, on the L and even the church in the Blues Brothers movie.
There is no security to go through to board a train. The filmmakers added the clock to create the railroad station setting and set a tense mood, Sanders said. Structural Engineers Association of Illinois. A video by Antonios Papantoniou deconstructs the , movements and shot duration used by De Palma. The Main Hall does boast an elaborate winding staircase, though, and a 96ft-high coffered ceiling that's embellished with gold-leaf.
When next time, make sure to tag your pic with the hashtag Amtrak to join the conversation with all the other movie and train lovers! We are working with the actual locations managers or other crew where possible. De Palma met with to discuss the role in case De Niro, the director's first choice for the part, turned it down. In 1969, the expansive Beaux-Arts concourse at Union Station was demolished to make way for a modern office tower. Union Station was hailed as an outstanding achievement in railroad facility planning. The Amtrak staff was very helpful in locating my item.
But when the bosses at Paramount decided that building the set of a train would inflate the budget, De Palma decided to shoot in Chicago station. The film stars , , , , and , and follows Costner as he forms the team to bring De Niro to justice during. Another room, once used to sell tickets, is being remodeled into a lounge for first-class passengers. However, there are several rapid transit stations within walking distance of Union Station. The first building to be built was that of the in 1929. Chicago is famously a city of architectural realism, exemplified by bone-beautiful buildings like the X-braced John Hancock Center. A new, modernized but smaller concourse was constructed beneath the tower.
Bullets flew as a baby carriage with an angelic, curly haired boy inside rolled down the worn marble steps, bump by excruciating bump. The train service is dated and on old tracks. Wunderwald suggested the , which crosses the near the small town of , southwest of. That evening, a knife-wielding hooligan sneaks into Malone's apartment; Malone chases him out with a sawed-off shotgun, but falls victim to Nitti's ambush. One such memorable action set piece was the Union station scene from The Untouchables which sees Elliot Ness Kevin Costner and George Stone Andy Garcia face off members of the Al Capone gang resulting in an ugly showdown.
Unlike most of Amtrak's major stations, every train calling at Union Station either originates or terminates there; all passengers traveling through Chicago must change trains to reach their final destination. Since we were in the business class we could go to the Amtrak lounge, which is very nice. And, despite tarnish and dust and soot, it's a lot. Make sure to get one of many cabs waiting outside, or request your preferred Ride-Share service Uber or Lyft As I was preparing to leave, I had time to spare, so I stored my luggage in the south hall lockers and went sightseeing. Although the 37 million rail passengers passing through station each year may not notice every nuance of the complicated project, visitors will certainly appreciate 50 percent more natural light and a lack of water pooling on the floor of the notoriously leaky space. Even though he has the mayor's permission to carry the weapon, Ness finds a in Nitti's pocket containing Malone's address and realizes that Nitti killed Malone.
What follows is very carefully choreographed. Please Locations Links If you know of a good link for The Untouchables locations, please let us know. This is particularly clear in the way it uses shots of a baby in a pram and reaction shots of different characters to engage the viewer with the unfolding action. At first a laughingstock, Ness soon has Capone outraged over his and Malone's sometimes law-bending tactics, and the vain mobster strikes back in vicious style. The stairs themselves replicate the materials of the original steps, albeit with a slight difference. The remaining four original companies used the station when it opened in 1881.