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Carlito's Way (1993)

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A Puerto Rican former convict, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of N.Y.C.

Director:

Brian De Palma

Writers:

Edwin Torres (novels), David Koepp (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Carlito
Sean Penn ... Kleinfeld
Penelope Ann Miller ... Gail
John Leguizamo ... Benny Blanco
Ingrid Rogers ... Steffie
Luis Guzmán ... Pachanga (as Luis Guzman)
James Rebhorn ... Norwalk
Joseph Siravo ... Vinnie Taglialucci
Viggo Mortensen ... Lalin
Richard Foronjy ... Pete Amadesso
Jorge Porcel ... Saso (Ron)
Frank Minucci Frank Minucci ... Tony Taglialucci
Adrian Pasdar ... Frankie
John Ortiz ... Guajiro (as John Augstin Ortiz)
Ángel Salazar ... Walberto
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Storyline

A Puerto Rican ex-con pledges to stay away from his former drug dealing ways but finds himself being dragged back by his past connections and the naive machinations of his lawyer and best friend. Hoping to raise enough money to get away from New York, Carlito Brigante takes on the job of running a nightclub, renews an affair with a dancer but old associates and old instincts suck him back into a world of violence and mistrust. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Sometimes, when you want to come clean, you have to play dirty. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, drug content, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carlito's Way See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,116,675, 14 November 1993

Gross USA:

$36,948,322

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,851,527
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A traditional Jewish mezuzah can be seen in the background of Kleinfeld's office: a small, thin bar affixed to the doorpost turned diagonally facing the entrance. See more »

Goofs

Comparing the very first and very last scenes of the movie, when Carlito is taken away on a gurney, Gail walking behind it brings her hands to her face in two different positions. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Carlito: Somebody's pulling me close to the ground... I can sense, but I can't see. I ain't panicked. I've been here before. Same as I got popped on 104th street. Don't take me to no hospital, please. Fuckin' emergency rooms don't save nobody. Sons of bitches pop you at midnight, when all they got is a Chinese intern, with a dull spoon. Oh look at these suckers. Scrambling around... What for? My Puerto Rican ass ain't supposed to have made it this far. Most of my crew got washed a long time...
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Connections

References Moulin Rouge (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Alma Con Alma
Written by Juanito Márquez
Performed by Ray Barretto and Adalberto Santiago
Courtesy of Sonido, Inc.
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A Wonderful Movie
4 October 2000 | by wortdog97See all my reviews

Pacino and DePalma team up once again and the result is once again triumphant. "Carlito's Way" is an emotional and captivating story, depicting the life of former trug kingpin Carlito Brigante (Pacino). Brigante's intention is to go straight, clean up his act, and make money managing a sleazy nightclub. David Koepp's screenplay has the depth it needs in examining the intense struggle an ex-druglord must endure when trying to escape his violent past. Stephen Burum's nearly flawless camerawork and DePalma's flamboyant and operatic direction are a visual splendor that complements the emotional story. This film is a highly underrated work of art that needs to be appreciated. Great supporting performances from Sean Penn and Penelope Ann Miller should not go unmentioned.


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