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Carlito's Way (1993)

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

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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12 November 1993 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,112,190 (UK) (14 January 1994)

Gross:

$36,948,322 (USA)
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Trivia

When Carlito is walking out of the courthouse, he shouts, "I am free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, I am free at last!" This is resemblant to the closing words of Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech. See more »

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

Quotes

[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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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 14 June 2016 (2016) See more »

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Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)
Written by Billy Nichols
Performed by B.T. Express
Courtesy of Roadshow Music Corp.
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Mind blowing story
29 August 2001 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

What can I say about such a movie? Simply brilliant. I make a point of watching this movie each year and every time I watch it I simply fall in love with it even more. The direction is brilliant as is Pacino's superb on-time acting. Al deserves an Oscar for this flick. As human beings, we love story telling. It's in out nature, and this story is excellent. As mentioned before in a previous review, Carlito's way is Scarface with feeling. Simply involving. I would dare say it does leave you on the edge of your chair with great anticipation, probably due to Pacino's on screen presence and experienced acting mannerisms. Penn, once again is brilliant and shines through as the high-classed, cocaine addicted Kleinfeld. If you have not seen this movie, do yourself a favour. Rent it out, dim the lights, snuggle up tight with your loved one and enjoy one of the greatest movies of all time. 9 out of 10.


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