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

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6 October 2006 (USA)  »

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$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,298,313 (UK) (6 October 2006)

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

Composer Howard Shore said Martin Scorsese wanted the music score to be a tango to portray the nature of the deadly game being played by the characters. See more »

Goofs

When Costigan is taking Oxycontin, the prescription label doesn't list the strength, and the tablet is a medium-sized white oval, like Vicodin or Motrin 800. Oxycontin is a brand name, round pill that comes in a variety of strengths and corresponding colors (white=10mg, orange= 40mg, dark green=80 mg, blue=160mg). See more »

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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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Referenced in The Chase Australia: Episode #2.31 (2016) See more »

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Thief's Theme
(2004)
Written by Salaam Remi, Doug Ingle (as Douglas Ingle) and Nas (as Nasir Jones)
Performed by Nas
Courtesy of Sony Urban Music / Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Contains a sample of "In A Gadda Da Vida" (1968)
Performed by Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band
Courtesy of Phoenix Audio
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Best Scorsese Film. Period.
3 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Oh my God.

I can say without overstatement that I just saw the most gripping and entertaining American film to come out in at least the past ten years.

I was lucky enough to get a pass to an advance screening of The Departed this past weekend in Boston. I wasn't sure what to expect and actually planned on being a little disappointed with all the expectations and hype of such an all-star cast.

From the moment the opening credits came up, the movie grabbed me by the neck, ripped me out of my seat and didn't let go until the final scene.

Each performance is more masterful than the next. Damon was a tour de force as the lead, tapping every ounce of his acting reservoir for this role. Nicholson creates another classic role to add to his already sterling resume. His mob boss would almost steal every scene he was in, if it not for every other actor being so fantastic However, the biggest surprise for me personally came from Leonardo DeCaprio.

Having never warmed up to any of his roles or movies, I found myself blown away by him in this. I'm not sure if it was the material he was given, or if DeCaprio has grown this much as an actor, or a combination of both, but he finally won me over with his role in this instant Scorsese classic. Every character is pitch perfect, every scene is right on the money. The plot builds to a crescendo of such dynamic proportions rarely seen on film. I don't want to give too much away, but I'm still shaken from the ride I was taken on.

People go to the movies in the hopes that maybe once in a hundred times you get to experience storytelling so masterful and transcendent that it changes the way you view cinema. This is one of those spectacularly perfect times.

Forget Taxi Driver. Forget Raging Bull. Forget Goodfellas. As much as I LOVE those movies and as much as they have affected me in my lifetime, The Departed will hands down be Martin Scorsese's Master Work.


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