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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 1 win & 5 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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In his world, you got to shoot your way out. He wanted out. He'd do anything to get there. 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,948,322

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,848,322
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DTS | Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The hospital scenes were written 25 to 30 times because the actors had trouble with the sequence, with Al Pacino even thinking that Carlito would not go to the hospital. With one final re-write David Koepp managed to make the scene work to Pacino's satisfaction. See more »

Goofs

Instead of asking and trusting Kleinfeld, who has already tricked him once with the $ 1,000,000, to help him get out of jail, Tony T. should have asked his mates for help. This should have been possible, as Tony T. indicates that if Kleinheld refuses to help him, he is going to order his mates to take him down. After getting out of jail he could have then tracked down and kill Kleinfeld on his own. 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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Back Stabbers
Written by Leon Huff, Gene McFadden and John Whitehead
Performed by The O'Jays
Courtesy of Sony Music
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Great movie..vastly underrated!
2 December 2005 | by Aditya_GokhaleSee all my reviews

Great movie..and I can see why it is underrated...possibly due to obvious comparisons to Scarface (Brian De Palma, Martin Bregman, Al Pacino team), which was much more brutal in its approach.

Al Pacino as Carlito, awesome as he is, is still much softer compared to the sledgehammer Tony Montana. And then there is some romance mixed in with the story of a gangster trying to reform himself.

I didn't like the romantic scenes myself...thought they interrupted the flow of the story...hence I gave it a 9 instead of a 10! There is also some clichéd dialogue. I happen to be a big Pacino fan and so I am being a little bit (though not entirely) biased and am sidelining all these things. If you excuse these small potatoes, this one is a great flick from start to finish, very entertaining, with some fantastic performances from the supporting cast, e.g. Sean Penn. Special mention, also, of Viggo Mortensen who comes in for a short role, but plays the part wonderfully.

As for Al Pacino in lead role, he makes sure he steals the show, as usual. Brilliant!


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