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Frank Nitti
Frank Nitti

PORTRAYED BY

Billy Drago

FULLNAME

Francesco Raffaele Nitto

ALIAS

Frank Nitti
The Enforcer

ORIGIN

The Untouchables

OCCUPATION

Al Capone's right-hand man and personal hitman

POWERS AND SKILLS

High Intelligence
Master of Disguise and Marksmanship

HOBBY

Killing anyone either for pleasure or under the orders of Al Capone

GOALS

To kill Jimmy Malone and Oscar Wallace in order to obstruct the case against Al Capone
(Succeeded)
To kill Eliot Ness and then escape justice for his killing spree
(Both Failed)

FATE

Falls down a building to his death upon being grabbed and then thrown into a car Eliot Ness

TYPE OF CHARACTER

Homicidal Gangster

I said that your friend died screaming like a stuck Irish pig. Now you think about that when I beat the rap!
~ Frank Nitti's most famous quote and last words upon taunting Elliot Ness about killing Jimmy Malone moments before his death.

Frank Nitti is a fictional character and the secondary antagonist of the 1987 epic crime film The Untouchables.

History

Nitti is first seen in a rival bar alongside the Bowtie Driver, where he puts an explosive bag on a bench. The bar is soon destroyed, killing the bartender and a child. Nitti is later seen at a dinner at Capone's hotel, where he quietly watches his boss brutally beating a man with a baseball bat. Nitti is seen again near the Ness family residence, where he sadistically mocks Ness about his family.

Nitti's first major appearance is when he, disguised as a police officer, sneaks into the Police headquarters. Entering the elevator alongside Oscar Wallace and George, he ruthlessly shoots both with a suppressed pistol. On his way out, he shots two other officers. Nitti later assists the Bowtie Driver in the assassination of Jimmy Malone, where after the Driver flees Malone's residence, Nitti guns Malone down with a Tommy Gun.

Nitti is present at Al Capone's trial, where he secretly brings a pistol. Eliot Ness then gets him out of the courthouse because of the gun. On the other room, Nitti reveals that he has a gun license - signed by the corrupt mayor - and the guard consequently allows him to keep the gun. Ness then confronts Nitti when he sees that a paper in Nitti's pockets has the address of the late Jimmy Malone. Realizing that his role in Malone's death has been exposed, Nitti brandishes a gun and points it at Ness as he slowly makes his way towards the exit. When the guard brandishes his gun, Nitti shoots him before fleeing. Ness grabs the guard's revolver and tensely chases Nitti through the building, eventually cornering and subduing Nitti. After failing to goad Ness into killing him, with Ness reluctantly choosing to help Nitti up, Nitti openly mocks Ness in regards to killing Malone; tauntingly telling Ness that Malone died "screaming like a stuck Irish pig" and gloats how he'll be beyond going to prison due to Capone's reign. However, as Nitti makes his way back into court while brushing his hair, Ness furiously grabs him in the back and - instead of shoving him back inside the courtroom - proceeds to force him off the building. Nitti could only hear Ness tauntingly tell him "Did he sound anything like that!?" moments before the screaming hitman dies upon landing on his car at impact, dying instantly.

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