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The Departed (2006)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  6 October 2006 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Fitzy (as David Patrick O'Hara)
Lazio - FBI


In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, 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 both discover 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 undercover? Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gerard McSorley was originally slated to play Queenan but had to drop out of the project. See more »


On the envelope Madolyn receives, Colin's address is shown as 20 Pickering in Boston. Pickering Ave. is in Roxbury, nowhere near Beacon Hill. The ZIP code shown is 02459, which is Newton Centre. In the DVD version, the ZIP code is 02149, which is Everett. Billy's return address is on Conant St. in Boston, but Conant St. is in Revere. 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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Crazy Credits

The title doesn't appear on screen until nearly 20 minutes into the movie. See more »


References True Romance (1993) See more »


I'm Shipping Up to Boston
Written by Al Barr (as Alexander Barr), Kenneth Casey, Matthew Kelly, James Lynch, Marc Orrell and Woody Guthrie
Performed by Dropkick Murphys (as The Dropkick Murphys)
Courtesy of Hellcat Records
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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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