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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)
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)
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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
Nick Raynes .... executive producer
Original Music by
Joe Delia 
Cinematography by
Adam Holender 
Film Editing by
Ramsey Denison (documentary segments "Bringin' Da Hood to Life" and "Got Your Back")
David Ray 
Casting by
David Vaccari 
Production Design by
Dan Leigh 
Set Decoration by
Paul Weathered 
Costume Design by
Sandra Hernandez 
Makeup Department
Wayne Herndon .... hair department head
Michelle Johnson .... hair stylist
Patricia Regan .... makeup department head
Production Management
Jay Cannold .... unit production manager
Eitan Hakami .... post-production supervisor
Saskia Rifkin .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or 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
Jeff Butcher .... property master
James Donahue .... camera scenic artist
Anne Beiser Haywood .... scenic chargeperson
Brent Haywood .... construction coordinator
Mark Lane-Davies .... scenic artist
Michael Leather .... leadman
Jonathan B. Lee .... set dresser
Hollywood Nick Pagani .... picture car coordinator
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
Igor Nikolic .... first assistant sound editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Wyatt Sprague .... sound effects editor
Karl Wasserman .... sound utility
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
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
Susan Carrano .... assistant costume designer
Monika Darby .... costume coordinator
Sandi Figueroa .... costume supervisor
Rhonney Greene .... costumer
Fionnuala M. Lynch .... set costumer
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
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
Fred Walcott .... musician
Scott Wendholt .... musician
Patrick Doyle .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
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
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
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
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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 »
Anachronisms: The posters in the barbershop include modern day haircuts.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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Rise to Power, 21 October 2010
Author: random_avenger

American director Brian De Palma's best known work is probably the 1983 crime epic Scarface starring Al Pacino, but its thematic companion piece Carlito's Way (1993) has plenty of fans too. Of course, eventually a prequel was produced for the latter, chronicling the eponymous Carlito's initial rise to the status he wishes to relinquish in the original film.

At the beginning in the 1960s, Puerto Rican hoodlum Carlito Brigante (Jay Hernandez) is doing time for petty crimes when he meets two incarcerated criminal bosses in the prison. With the black Earl (Mario Van Peebles) and the Italian Rocco (Michael Kelly), Carlito sets up a drug trading business in Harlem, New York, upsetting the delicate situation between the rivaling ethnic groups controlling the area's criminal activities. The main rivals being an Italian family the Bottolotas and the empire led by a suave black gangster boss named Hollywood Nicky (Sean Combs), Carlito and his associates find their place between the two opposites, doing favours for both whenever necessary. His wealth increases and he starts a relationship with a girl named Leticia (Jaclyn DeSantis), but the gangster lifestyle is not without its hazards.

Despite the change of director and lead actor, the expected elements of an urban gangster tale are all there: self-confident, hotheaded thugs, badass crime lords, honour codes, bloody vendettas... Even though I miss De Palma's touch with long takes and big chase scenes, I think director Bregman handles the storytelling decently, if less memorably. The colourful lighting in the atmospheric nightclubs is as good-looking as in the first movie and the authentic New York exterior locations always provide a great backdrop for the scenes of tough street life. Making the 1960s setting more evident could have added a nice touch to the whole though.

Since we already know the conclusion of Carlito Brigante's story from the first movie, the prequel does not feel the need to examine his actions from a moral point of view very much. Perhaps for the same reason character development has been left rather faint too, even though the story superficially tries to provide different sides to Carlito's personality, such as romantic, brotherly and ruthless. Jay Hernandez may not be as charismatic as Al Pacino, but I don't have major complaints about his acting, or almost anyone else's for that matter. Mario Van Peebles delivers one of the best performances in the movie, as does the always good Luis Guzmán as a hit-man Nacho Reyes, a role different from what he played in the first film. Sean 'Diddy' Combs' role as Hollywood Nicky remains pretty forgettable though, partly due to the way the character has been written, partly to Combs' emotionless 'cool' appearance.

For a straight-to-DVD movie Carlito's Way: Rise to Power succeeds far better than could be expected. It doesn't present anything new within its genre or provide interesting ponderings about the morals of crime, but I find it to be a perfectly watchable gangster flick. Though smaller in scale than the first film, Rise to Power can nevertheless be recommended (with some reservations) to fans of the Brigante saga.

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