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Carlito's Way (1993)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  10 November 1993 (USA)
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A Puerto Rican former convict, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of N.Y.C.

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A Puerto Rican ex-con pledges to stay away from his former drug dealing ways but finds himself being dragged back by his past connections and the naive machinations of his lawyer and best friend. Hoping to raise enough money to get away from New York, Carlito Brigante takes on the job of running a nightclub, renews an affair with a dancer but old associates and old instincts suck him back into a world of violence and mistrust. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Rated R for strong violence, drug content, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,112,190 (UK) (14 January 1994)

Gross:

£2,122,432 (UK) (4 February 1994)
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Director Brian De Palma wanted to shoot the climax of the film at the World Trade Center in New York but it was the target of a bombing, and he had to shoot it in "another railway station again." (De Palma's The Untouchables (1987) also featured a scene at a railway station.) See more »

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Gale's robe after their fight in her apartment just before Carlito leaves. See more »

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Carlito: You ripped him off, didn't you?
David Kleinfeld: What?
Carlito: Tony T. You did take the million dollars, didn't you?
David Kleinfeld: [guiltily] Yeah.
Carlito: You ain't a lawyer no more, Dave. You a gangster now. On the other side. A whole new ball game. You can't learn about it in school, and you can't have a late start.
David Kleinfeld: Don't worry about me.
Carlito: One more thing. We're even.
David Kleinfeld: [puts his hand on Carlito's shoulder] Let's get a drink.
Carlito: [slaps Dave's hand away] Say it! We're even!
David Kleinfeld: [softly] We're even.
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Got To Be Real
Written by Cheryl Lynn, David Paich and David Foster
Performed by Cheryl Lynn
Courtesy of Columbia Records
Arrangement with Sonny Music Licensing
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A Wonderful Movie
4 October 2000 | by (Tucson, Arizona) – See all my reviews

Pacino and DePalma team up once again and the result is once again triumphant. "Carlito's Way" is an emotional and captivating story, depicting the life of former trug kingpin Carlito Brigante (Pacino). Brigante's intention is to go straight, clean up his act, and make money managing a sleazy nightclub. David Koepp's screenplay has the depth it needs in examining the intense struggle an ex-druglord must endure when trying to escape his violent past. Stephen Burum's nearly flawless camerawork and DePalma's flamboyant and operatic direction are a visual splendor that complements the emotional story. This film is a highly underrated work of art that needs to be appreciated. Great supporting performances from Sean Penn and Penelope Ann Miller should not go unmentioned.


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