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The Departed (2006)

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An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.



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In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon), a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints... Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, some strong sexual content and drug material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 October 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los infiltrados  »

Box Office


$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,298,313 (UK) (6 October 2006)


$132,373,442 (USA) (16 March 2007)

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Did You Know?


Captain Queenan mentions to Billy Costigan that his son attends Notre Dame. Martin Sheen's character from The West Wing, President Josiah Bartlet, went to the same college who was also a fan of the Boston Celtics See more »


When Queenan is thrown off the 344 Wash building blood is splattered upwards first and then his body hits the ground. Furthermore, a lot of bright red blood is splattered upwards whereas when we get a shot of Queenan's body on the ground there is very little blood visible, and the blood that is visible is dark red. See more »


[first lines]
Frank Costello: I don't want to be a product of my environment. I want my environment to be a product of me. Years ago we had the church. That was only a way of saying - we had each other. The Knights of Columbus were real head-breakers; true guineas. They took over their piece of the city. Twenty years after an Irishman couldn't get a fucking job, we had the presidency. May he rest in peace. That's what the niggers don't realize. If I got one thing against the black chappies, it's this - no one ...
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The title doesn't appear on screen until nearly 20 minutes into the movie. See more »


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Lucia di Lammermoor: Act 1: Preludio - Percorrete le spiaggie vicine
Written by Gaetano Donizetti
Performed by Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia;
Conducted by John Pritchard (as Sir John Pritchard)
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Better than Goodfellas?
4 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dare I? Dare I say it? This movie is better than Goodfellas. There, I said it.

I saw this latest Scorsese film at an advance screening. Needless to say I was expecting a lot – more than I thought this director (of classics like Taxi Driver but lately of Gangs of New York) would deliver. I was very wrong.

Though the exact plot is unimportant, The Departed is about the blurred lines that distinguish good guy from bad guy, and cop from robber, in present-day Boston. With a packed cast (which I need not mention) that includes great supporting roles by Martin Sheen and Alec Baldwin, the acting in the departed is stellar. Living-legend Jack Nicholson flawlessly delivers one of his best performances in years as the execrable mob boss Frank Costello. Nicholson's nuanced acting was so on-point that at times I felt like I was actually about to be shot by the slimy capo.

The Departed is nothing short of spectacular. Funnier that most comedies, Scorsese is still able to amplify the bloodshed and meticulously deliver a stunning cinematic achievement.

Bravo, Mr. Scorsese; you have outdone yourself.

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