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Carlito's Way (1993)

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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


In his world, you got to shoot your way out. He wanted out. He'd do anything to get there. See more »


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)


$36,948,322 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The exterior of the hospital where Carlito visits his bedridden attorney is the same one where Vito Corleone is taken in The Godfather (1972), also starring Al Pacino. See more »


Sean Penn is clearly wearing a wig. The color of the skull cap altering his hairline is noticeably different from his skin. 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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(duet "Dôme épais le jasmin")
Composed by Léo Delibes (as Leo DeLibes)
Performed by Joan Sutherland, Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo,
Jane Berbié (uncredited)
Conducted by Richard Bonynge (uncredited)
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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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