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Carlito's Way (1993)

R  |   |  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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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pachanga (as Luis Guzman)
Richard Foronjy ...
Jorge Porcel ...
Saso (Ron)
Frank Minucci ...
Guajiro (as John Augstin Ortiz)
Ángel Salazar ...


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 November 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Carlito's Way  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,112,190 (UK) (14 January 1994)


£2,122,432 (UK) (4 February 1994)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


A traditional Jewish mezuzah can be seen in the background of Kleinfeld's office: a small, thin bar affixed to the doorpost turned diagonally facing the entrance. See more »


Carlito places his glass down twice when he first goes back to his old neighborhood. See more »


[first lines]
Carlito: Somebody's pulling me close to the ground... I can sense, but I can't see. I ain't panicked. I've been here before. Same as I got popped on 104th street. Don't take me to no hospital, please. Fuckin' emergency rooms don't save nobody. Sons of bitches pop you at midnight, when all they got is a Chinese intern, with a dull spoon. Oh look at these suckers. Scrambling around... What for? My Puerto Rican ass ain't supposed to have made it this far. Most of my crew got washed a long time...
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Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012) See more »


Written by Willie Colón and Hector Lavoe
Performed by Willie Colón (as Willie Colon)
Courtesy of Sonido, Inc.
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The reason I'm a Pacino fan

If I had to pick the movies that made Pacino my favorite actor, it would be this underrated classic. He is both a man's man and a lady's man. He show humor and bravado. He plays a character who can be your best friend, or your worst enemy. Pacino is in top form here, working with good actors, a fine script, and a well told story. His best scenes are with Penelope Ann Miller and Sean Penn (who also shines). He gets your attention from his opening speech, where he's making a statement to the court that sounds like an Academy Awards speech. Very entertaining and humorous. It get even better from there, as he goes through a whole range of emotions, portraying a very interesting character, and making him even more interesting. I loved it!

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