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Carlito's Way (1993)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  12 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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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama

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

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Box Office

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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Trivia

John Leguizamo turned down the part of Benny Blanco four times. He finally took the role after Brian De Palma allowed Leguizamo to improvise much of his lines. See more »

Goofs

Carlito gets off a #1 or #9 Broadway/Seventh Ave local train at 42nd Street/Times Square. He runs to a doorway marked "Grand Central Station". After arriving at Times Square, he would have to take a 42nd street subway shuttle train to 42nd Street/Lexington Ave before he could run into Grand Central Station. See more »

Quotes

Benny Blanco: Hey, my name is Benny Blanco from the Bronx.
Carlito: You know me?
Benny Blanco: Yeah, I know you, you're Carlito Brigante motherfucker to the max, that's who you are!
Carlito: Well, I don't know you. So, I don't owe you, Saso does. My place now, new rules. Everybody pays, okay?
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Fly, Robin, Fly
Written by Sylvester Levay and Stephan Prager
Performed by Silver Convention (as The Silver Convention)
Produced by Michael Kunzei
Butterfly Productions for Jupiter Records
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Way underrated
24 January 2003 | by (Greenville, NY) – See all my reviews

Carlito's Way is an extrememely underated Al Pacino movie. This film is probubly the best crime story ive seen, next to Goodfellas(1990), Pacino gives another superb performance as well as the rest of the cast. The story in Carlito's Way is extremely compelling and can be very sad at times. Unlike Pacino's similar film Scarface(1983), Carlito's Way is not just a blood bath without much of a story. I dont know why this film fizzled at the box office and failed to recieve any academy award nominations because it sure deserved to. 9 out of 10.


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