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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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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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He wanted out. There was only one way 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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Directors John McKenzie and Abel Ferrara were considered before Brian De Palma was hired. De Palma was originally reluctant to accept the job because he did not want to make another film about a Latino gangster as he did in Scarface (1983). But the script convinced him otherwise. See more »

Goofs

The song "Got to Be Real" by Cheryl Lynn which plays in the nightclub where Gale works, is released in 1978 - While the evens of the film are based in 1975 as per the beginning of the film. 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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Written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff
Performed by The O'Jays
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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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