Classic Scene #53: The Untouchables

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MALONE: You said that you wanted to know how to get Capone. Do you really want to get him? You see what I’m saying? What are you prepared to do?

NESS: Everything within the law.

MALONE: And then what are you prepared to do? If you open the ball on these people, Mr. Ness, you must be prepared to go all the way, because they won’t give up the fight until one of you is dead.

NESS: I want to get Capone. I don’t know how to get him.

MALONE: You want to get Capone? I’ll tell you what to do. He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of your people to the hospital, you send one his to the morgue. That’s your tackle. That’s how you get Capone. Now do you want that, are you ready to do that? I’m making you a deal. Do you want this deal?

NESS: I have sworn to put this man away with any and all legal means at my disposal, and I will do so.

MALONE: Well, the Lord hates a coward. (They shake hands) Do you know what a blood oath is, Mr. Ness?

NESS: Yes.

MALONE: Good, ‘cause you just took one...