You do realize that this was not the first time this was done? The premise is taken from a very famous 1925 silent movie, "Battleship Potemkin", and it is called the Odessa Steps scene.....
Visit the Iconic ‘Untouchables’ Stair Scene
Next time you’re passing through Chicago’s historic Union Station, make sure to take a pic with one of our favorite pieces of movie history!
The staircase shown in the photo above was the backdrop to one of the best movie scenes in recent history! Kevin Costner (co-starring with Robert De Niro and Sean Connery) had an epic shoot out here in the 1987 movie The Untouchables.
So why should you care about a movie filmed more than 25 years ago? Because the baby carriage makes it awesome! Yes, there’s a baby (and a baby carriage) in the shoot out.
The premise of the movie is the 1920's mob wars, and Costner plays Eliot Ness who’s tracking the notorious mobster Al Capone. Unfortunately, during the big scene Costner’s character accidentally sends a baby carriage down the stairs amid a storm of gangster gunfire.
Like all great shoot outs, the scene is shot in slow motion as Costner chases the carriage down the steps in an attempt to save the baby inside.
But don’t just take our word for it. Check out The Untouchables stair scene below. There’s even a spoof of the famous scene in Naked Gun 33 1/3 as only Leslie Nelson can do (spoiler alert: it involves a lawnmower)!
When you visit next time, make sure to tag your pic with the hashtag #Amtrak to join the conversation with all the other movie (and train) lovers!
@jlw518 Yes, thanks for bringing that up! We did find that in our research. If you love films, you may also find it interesting that LA's Union Station is also popular for movie makers. Some examples are included here: http://blog.amtrak.com/2013/05/top-la-attractions-lists/