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Carlito's Way: Rise to Power (2005)

In the late 1960s, Carlito Brigante (Hernandez) emerges as the heroin czar of Harlem.

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In the 60's, the Puerto Rican Carlito Brigante, the Afro-American Earl and the Italian Rocco become best friends while in prison. When they are released, Rocco intermediates a heroin business with a family of the Italian Mafia leaded by Artie Badalato Sr. Carlito negotiates with the lord Leroy "Hollywood Nicky" Barnes the area where the trio could operate in his neighborhood and sooner the three friends become powerful. Later, Carlito dates and has an affair with the beautiful Leticia. When Earl decides to move to Barbados with his girlfriend and leave the heroin business, his stupid younger brother causes a situation with the Italian mobsters, and Carlito and Rocco have to resolve the mess to save their lives. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

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1 December 2005 (Spain)  »

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Carlito's Way 2: Rise to Power  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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The movie is based on one of Edwin Torres' book series on the criminal life of Carlito Brigante. This is based after the first book in the series "Carlito's Way". Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way (1993) took the first books title because at the time it was decided that they would not take the title of the second book "After Hours" to avoid confusion with the Martin Scorsese -directed movie of the same name (After Hours (1985)). See more »

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The posters in the barbershop include modern day haircuts. See more »

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[first lines]
Carlito Brigante: Sooner or later, a thug will tell his tale. We all want to go on record. So let's hear it for all the hoods. The Jews out of Brownsville, the blacks on Lennox Avenue, the Italians from Mulberry Street, the Irish in Hell's Kitchen. Like that. Meanwhile, Puerto Rican's been getting jammed since the fortys, and ain't nobody said nothing. Well, I'm gonna lay it on you one time, for the record. My people. They hit New York and filed into the roach stables in Spanish Harlem and the South...
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Follows Carlito's Way (1993) See more »

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You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good
Written by Kenny Gamble (as Kenneth Gamble) & Leon Huff
Published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
Performed by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Featuring Sharon Paige
Courtesy of Philadelphia International Records
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Not as bad as most direct to DVD movies
23 February 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Having read some of the negative reviews, I approached this with low expectations, but straight away was surprised by the good cast and classy production values, which were much higher than the usual movies released straight to DVD. Although not specifically a prequel, as it seems to be set in the same decade as the Pacino film, it stars the likable Hernandez playing the same charismatic character. The story kept you entertained all the way through until the end, which was the only slight disappointment. The final shoot out was a little anticlimactic, but managed to tie up the loose ends satisfactorily enough. Overall, worth a watch if you enjoy gangster movies, but don't set your expectations too high.


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