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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:
Trooper Barrigan
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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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?


Peter Mullan was cast in the film but ended up dropping out. Mullan said "I was not in the right frame of mind. I was exhausted and I would not have done a good job. It would've been pointless." See more »


After Mr. French breaks and tears off Costigan's cast, the arm is naked with a small amount of bandage in the palm which Costigan then tosses aside. After a brief cut to Mr. French watching as Costello grasps and positions the bare arm, it is again covered in white gauze bandage throughout Costello "beating" it with the boot and the end of the scene. 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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Martin Scorsese Hits the Streets Again!
3 October 2006 | by (LA, CA.) – See all my reviews

Please don't make negative comments like some of the aforementioned people have been doing if you haven't seen the film yet! I have seen it, at a press screening last week. Not only is it the best film of the year so far, it marks a return to form for Martin Scorsese, and ranks with the likes of GOODFELLAS as being one of the best in his canon of films.

I'm a fan of the Hong Kong film, INFERNAL AFFAIRS, upon which this is based. While THE DEPARTED keeps the basic structure of the original, it is very much its own movie, so much so that the screenwriter, William Monahan, didn't even watch the original film while adapting its screenplay, thus enabling him to infuse the script with his, and Scorsese's, respective visions.

All the actors are first-rate (yes, even Leo, for all you DiCaprio bashers out there), and turn in some of their best performances to date. THE DEPARTED is sure to garner a host of Oscar nods, if not wins, including (hopefully) Scorsese's long-overdue statuette for Best Director. Plus, with actors like Martin Sheen and Alec Baldwin playing supporting roles, that says a lot about the quality of the film they signed up for! THE DEPARTED is tough stuff, not for the faint-of-heart. That said, it is a must-see for adult viewers who long for intelligent, gritty stories to grace our movie screens once again.

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