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Carlito's Way: Rise to Power -- In the late 1960s, Carlito Brigante (Hernandez) emerges as the heroin czar of Harlem.


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Writers (WGA):
Michael Bregman (screenplay)
Edwin Torres (novel)
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1 December 2005 (Iceland) See more »
In the late 1960s, Carlito Brigante (Hernandez) emerges as the heroin czar of Harlem. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Jay Hernandez ... Carlito Brigante

Mario Van Peebles ... Earl

Luis Guzmán ... Nacho Reyes

Sean Combs ... Hollywood Nicky

Michael Kelly ... Rocco

Giancarlo Esposito ... Little Jeff

Jaclyn DeSantis ... Leticia

Burt Young ... Artie Bottolota Sr.
Mtume Gant ... Reggie

Domenick Lombardozzi ... Artie Bottolota, Jr.

Juan Carlos Hernández ... Sigfredo
Eric Nieves ... Chucho

Jaime Tirelli ... Leticia's Father

Nelson Vasquez ... Manny Sanchez

Casper Martinez ... Colorado

Stu 'Large' Riley ... Tiny
Edmonte Salvato III ... Gino

Chuck Zito ... Buck
Mary Hammett ... Artie Jr.'s Wife

Tony Cucci ... Detective Big Jeff

Chad L. Coleman ... Clyde (as Chad Coleman)
Jaime Sánchez ... Eddie the Bartender

Carmen López ... Leticia's Mother
Jaime Velez ... Drunk Hood

Gene Canfield ... Guard

Ramon Rodriguez ... Angel Rodriguez
Mimi Rodriguez ... Drunk Hood's Date
Annette Rosario ... Rocco's Date

Mia Pinchoff ... Colorado's Date
Chris Bergman ... Vallet Attendant
Nicholas Kepros ... Tailor

Wass Stevens ... Jerry

Misha Sedgwick ... Ginger

Chandler Parker ... Tenement Guy

Gary Swanson ... Doctor

Chris Chalk ... Shad

Mandell Butler ... Lee
Janet Sarno ... Artie Sr.'s Wife

Ron C. Jones ... Activist (as Ron Cephas Jones)
Greg Flippen ... Co-Activist

Duke Valenti ... Inmate
Ruperto Vanderpool ... Drug Dealer
Omar Evans ... Young Runner

Amanda Loncar ... Woodstock Girl
Erin Williams ... Woodstock Girl

Victor Pagan ... Delivery Guy

Frank Pellegrino ... Crooning Wiseguy

Jaime Lee Kirchner ... Female Club Goer
Pete Colapietro ... Father Pete
Anthony Vincent ... Wiseguy

Chick Bernhardt ... Wiseguy (as Chick Bernhard)

Julie McNiven ... Carlito's Dancer
Roger Bonds ... Hollywood Nicky's Bodyguard

Raquel Alessi ... Rocco's Date
Jordan Tesfay ... Earl's Fiancee
Joe Conzo ... Bar Patron
Jewlisa Bermuda ... Carlito's date (as Julissa Bermuda)
Walter Nichols ... Street Dealer
Pierra Francesca ... Street Dealer (as Pierra Caiozzo)
Jennifer Green ... GoGo Club Dancer

Jennifer Pedersen ... GoGo Club Dancer (as Jennifer Pederson)
Aubrey Benné ... GoGo Club Dancer (as Aubrey Benne)

Jessica Leigh Johnson ... GoGo Club Dancer (as Jessica Johnson)
Lisa Fontanarosa ... GoGo Club Dancer
Louis Ciardy ... GoGo Club Dancer
Charlene Biton ... GoGo Club Dancer (as Kristy Redford)
April May ... GoGo Club Dancer

Cheryl Cosenza ... GoGo Club Dancer
Julie J. Torsiello ... GoGo Bar Dancer (as Julie Torsiello)
Amanda Usher ... Club Goer
Kenny Roldan ... Club Goer
Jamie Miranda ... Club Goer
Kenny Ortiz ... Club Goer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Veronica Alvez ... Lead Salsa Dancer (uncredited)
Christopher Bregman ... Valet (uncredited)

Greg D'Agostino ... Wiseguy (uncredited)

Onika Day ... Young Runner's Girlfriend (uncredited)

Vinny DeGennaro ... Clyde's friend (uncredited)

Alexis DeLaRosa ... Dancer / Clubgoer (uncredited)
Jaclyn Dietl ... Lead Salsa Dancer (uncredited)

Shyheim Franklin ... (uncredited)

Rick Kain ... Wiseguy (uncredited)

Jimmy King ... Jimmy (uncredited)
Dolores McDougal ... Shocked Woman on Elevator (uncredited)
Javier Merida ... Salsa Dancer (uncredited)
Ambria Miscia ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)

Gregory O'Connor ... Lolita Businessman (uncredited)

Maria Olivares ... Salsa Dancer (uncredited)

Martin Pfefferkorn ... Junkie (uncredited)
Rhoda Robinson ... Homeless Woman (uncredited)
Edmonte Salvato ... Wiseguy (uncredited)

Al Sapienza ... Nick (uncredited)
Alan Serrano ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Troy Smith ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

J.B. Soler ... Club patron (uncredited)
Adam Tosto ... Waiter (uncredited)

Dolores Winn ... Harlem Homeless Junkie (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Bregman  (as Michael Scott Bregman)
Writing credits
Michael Bregman (screenplay)

Edwin Torres (novel "Carlito's Way")

Produced by
Martin Bregman .... producer
Michael Bregman .... producer (as Michael Scott Bregman)
Jay Cannold .... executive producer
Bo Dietl .... executive producer
Nick Raynes .... executive producer
Original Music by
Joe Delia 
Cinematography by
Adam Holender 
Film Editing by
David Ray 
Casting by
Will Cantler 
Bernard Telsey 
David Vaccari 
Production Design by
Dan Leigh 
Set Decoration by
Paul Weathered 
Costume Design by
Sandra Hernandez 
Makeup Department
Robert Chiu .... assistant hair stylist
Wayne Herndon .... hair department head
Lori Hicks .... assistant makeup artist
Michelle Johnson .... hair stylist
Charles McKenna .... assistant hair stylist
Jeffrey Rebelo .... assistant hair stylist
Patricia Regan .... makeup department head
Anthony Veader .... assistant hair stylist
Colleen Wheeler .... assistant hair stylist
Rosemary Zurlo .... assistant makeup artist (as Rosemarie Zurlo)
Production Management
Jay Cannold .... unit production manager
Eitan Hakami .... post-production supervisor
Michael Jackman .... post-production supervisor (as Michael A. Jackman)
Saskia Rifkin .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Catherine Bloch .... additional second assistant director
David 'Flip' Filippi .... second unit director
Murphy Occhino .... second assistant director
David 'Wex' Wechsler .... first assistant director
Adam T. Weisinger .... second second assistant director
Art Department
David H. Allen .... assistant property master
Russell Barnes .... art department coordinator
Tara Boccia .... on-set dresser
Garf Brown .... scenic artist
Jeff Butcher .... property master
James Donahue .... camera scenic artist
George Drohan .... set dresser
Anne Beiser Haywood .... scenic chargeperson
Brent Haywood .... construction coordinator
Julius Kozlowski .... scenic artist
Mark Lane-Davies .... scenic artist
Michael Leather .... leadman
Jonathan B. Lee .... set dresser
Vincent J. Orofino .... set dresser (as Vincent Orofino)
Hollywood Nick Pagani .... picture car coordinator
David Poses .... construction foreman
John Raffaele .... set dresser
Jonathan Stein .... carpenter
Tomas Zeman .... art assistant
Sound Department
Larry Alexander .... sound recording engineer
Michael Barosky .... sound mixer
Laurel Bridges .... boom operator
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Joe Delia .... sound mixing engineer
Lewis Goldstein .... sound re-recording mixer
Lewis Goldstein .... supervising sound editor
Matthew Haasch .... foley supervisor
Chi Chau Lam .... sound mixing engineer
Cate Montana .... adr editor
James Nichols .... consultant: Dolby
Igor Nikolic .... first assistant sound editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Jac Rubenstein .... dialogue editor
Paul Sacco .... consultant: Dolby
Wyatt Sprague .... sound effects editor
Peter Waggoner .... sound re-recording mixer
Karl Wasserman .... sound utility
Special Effects by
Wilfred Caban .... special effects
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects coordinator (as Steve Kirshoff)
Visual Effects by
Keith Yurevitz .... visual effects
Bobby Beckles .... stunts
Chick Bernhardt .... stunts
Chris Cenatiempo .... stunts
John Cenatiempo .... stunt coordinator
Mario D'Leon .... stunts
Frank Ferrara .... additional stunt coordinator
Frank Ferrara .... stunts
David Filippi .... stunts
David S. Lomax .... stunts
Michael Russo .... stunts
Derrick Simmons .... stunts
Aaron Vexler .... stunts
Anthony Vincent .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Stuart Allen .... crane operator
Will Arnot .... camera operator: "b" camera
Eli Aronoff .... second assistant additional camera
Joseph Baccari .... best boy electric
Travis Cadalzo .... camera loader
Michael Cambria .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Andrew Casey .... camera operator: "a" camera
Nicolas L. Charuet .... company grip
Robert Connors .... rigging electrician (as Robert Conners)
Justin Corbett .... rigging key grip
Aaron Dawley .... best boy grip
Mike Delaney Jr. .... electrician (as Michael Delaney Jr.)
Jon Delgado .... additional electrician
Bryan Dolan .... electrician
James P. Dolan .... rigging electrician
Richard Dolan .... rigging gaffer
David M. Dunlap .... camera operator: "b" camera
Stanley Fernandez Jr. .... first assistant camera
Brian Fitzsimons .... rigging key grip
Anthony Gamiello .... company grip
Dennis Gamiello .... key grip
Abbot Genser .... still photographer
Petr Hlinomaz .... gaffer
David Knox .... camera operator: "b" camera
Edward W. Lowry .... dolly grip
Bruce MacCallum .... camera operator: "b" camera
Michael 'Flash' McDonald .... electrician
Hollis Meminger .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Norr .... camera operator: "b" camera
Joe Ori .... third electrician
Louis Petraglia .... rigging key grip
Christopher Raymond .... second assistant camera
Frank Schumo .... company grip
Brian Stocklin .... rigging electrician
Casting Department
Meredith Jacobson .... extras casting
Julie Bates Jones .... casting assistant
Laura Verbeke .... background casting associate
Stephanie Yankwitt .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joanna Brett .... costumer (as Eva Joan Brett)
Susan Carrano .... assistant costume designer
Monika Darby .... costume coordinator
Sandi Figueroa .... costume supervisor
Rhonney Greene .... costumer
Askia Won-Ling Jacob .... additional wardrobe (as Askia Jacob)
Dain I. Kalas .... tailor (as Dain Kalas)
Fionnuala M. Lynch .... set costumer
Winsome G. McKoy .... wardrobe supervisor (as Winsome McCoy)
Meredith McLaughlin .... costumer
Cathy Strippoli .... costumer
Editorial Department
Angela Beresford .... post-production coordinator
John Scott Cook .... associate editor
Ethan Henerey .... editorial intern
Steve Johnson .... colorist
Jenelle Malbrough .... editing room assistant
Dave Pultz .... color timer
Music Department
Christine Bergren .... music legal and clearance
Christine Bergren .... music legal
Bunny Brunel .... musician
Joe Delia .... musician
Joe Delia .... orchestrator
Gabrielle Fastman .... assistant to music supervisor
Lawrence Feldman .... musician
Janice Ginsberg .... music supervisor
Chi Chau Lam .... orchestrator
Shawn Pelton .... musician
Jen Pray .... music clearance (as Jennifer Pray)
Fred Walcott .... musician
Scott Wendholt .... musician
Patrick Doyle .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jack Buckman .... transportation co-captain
Jimmy Nugent .... transportation captain (as Jim Nugent)
Other crew
Mikhael Antone .... production coordinator
Abby Bailey .... assistant accountant
Seth Buncher .... avid operator
Brian Burkin .... legal counsel
Chris Coyne .... location assistant
John 'JR' Craigmile .... accountant
Sarah Crofts .... location assistant
Gary DeJesus .... set production assistant
David Lee Denny Jr. .... stand-in: Sean P. Diddy Combs
Charlie Dibe .... office production assistant
Lindsay Feldman .... assistant production office coordinator
Aime Ferdinand .... set production assistant
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant
Michael Hekmat .... production assistant
Joshua Huffman .... additional office production assistant
Christopher Johnston .... location scout
Rick Kain .... stand-in: Wass Stevens
Abby Koocher .... craft service
Simone Lageoles .... script supervisor
Thomas K. Lee .... production assistant
Martin Leicht .... set production assistant
Jack McDonnell Long .... production assistant
Jenelle Malbrough .... set production assistant
Jason Meltzer .... set production assistant
Matt Pascucci .... set production assistant
Stefani Patch .... production assistant
Nichole Patxot .... production assistant
Nichole Patxot .... set production assistant
Patrick Tendai Pfupajena .... additional production assistant
Paul Polow .... set production assistant
Sybil Prince .... location production assistant
Gregory Routt .... location manager
Durier Ryan .... accounting assistant
Lin Saunders .... assistant location manager
John Schuman .... location scout
Jennifer Sharkey .... set production assistant
Brendan Walsh .... production assistant
A.G. Wilson .... set production assistant
Zachary Haynes .... production assistant (uncredited)
Noel Ashman .... special thanks

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Rated R for language, violence, sexual content and drug material
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Luis Guzmán, who plays Nacho, also played Pachanga in Carlito's Way.See more »
Anachronisms: Since the move is set in the mid- to late-60s, Malcolm X Boulevard would not have existed and would only be known as Lenox Avenue. Lenox Avenue was subtitled Malcolm X Boulevard in 1987.See more »
[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...
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Pointless and not just as a prequel., 23 August 2012
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

It's probably a fact I'm one of the few persons who prefers "Carlito's Way" over the other Brian De Palma directed crime epic "Scarface". In other words; I absolutely love the original "Carlito's Way" and I'm sad to say that this prequel is nowhere in the same league as the first and original movie!

Not just story, character or actor wise but more quality wise! This is a very simplistic, low budget production, that never even was played in cinemas. And rightfully so. This movie has no right to appear in any cinema and it even has absolutely no right to exist in the first place.

It's not like I completely hated this movie but it's simply being such a pointless on to watch. It has almost nothing to do with "Carlito's Way" at all and totally has a different tone and style to it. But also when you look at this movie as just a crime/thriller, it's being a terribly lacking one, that poorly got put together by both its cast and crew.

The cast is most obviously lacking. It consists just out of a bunch of guys, trying to act tough, which does not work out all, simply because they aren't very good actors. They are all terribly unconvincing in their roles, which also really takes away a lot of the tension for the movie and it's being hard to feel involved with anyone or anything in it.

It's not even being a very good 'origins' movie. So supposedly this movie is to show you how Carlito rose to power and gained control over the New York drugs world. But the movie doesn't show you how he slowly rises and gained more and more power and respect but it just simply shows how stuff just happens to him. He doesn't ever come across as a cunning and tough drug-lord, who isn't afraid to steal or kill.

They tried hard though. I mean, there is a scene in which out of nowhere Carlito suddenly shoots and kills a couple of guys. It really came out of the blue, which might sound like a positive thing, ala Michael Corleone in "The Godfather" but it really doesn't fit the character, the moment and just the overall style and story of the movie. It doesn't make sense for him to kill and he never does anything outrageous like that again, later on in this movie, which lets the scene feel all the more out of place and out of character for him. For the rest of the movie he actually comes across as a very nice guy, which probably is being another good indication how miscast Jay Hernandez is in his role. Throughout his career he has always played friendly guys, so why even consider him casting in a tough gangster role, that first got immortalized by Al Pacino, in 1993.

The movie also absolutely tells you nothing about the background or youth of Carlito. In that regard, this movie feels all the more pointless as a prequel. It doesn't tells you anything new, at least nothing interesting and you are obviously way better off watching the original "Carlito's Way" instead and forget about this movie.

But it's not just simply the casting or characters themselves that make this movie a poor and disappointing one. It also really could had used a more tight script, that offered some good moments and surprises and some better storytelling as well. This movie really doesn't get pleasantly told, which makes you feel glad when the movie is finally over.

Bad as a genre flick and even worse as a prequel to "Carlito's Way"!


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