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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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He wanted out. There was only one way 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

During the final shootout at Grand Central Carlito uses a Beretta 9mm pistol and fires more than 15 times without reloading. The Beretta 92F, which holds 15 rounds, was not available at the time the movie is set (as noted correctly in another goof in this section). The predecessor to the 92, the 951 Brigadier, was, but it only holds a maximum of 8 rounds and Carlito never reloads it. 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

Referenced in Family Guy: Once Bitten (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

That's The Way (I Like It)
Written by Harry Wayne Casey (as Harry W. Casey) & Richard Finch (uncredited)
Performed by KC & The Sunshine Band (as KC and the Sunshine Band)
Courtesy of Rhino Records, Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Great story, great acting
17 March 2005 | by rory mckennaSee all my reviews

Right well I can say this is one of my favourite gangster films ever, and I truly regard it almost as highly as good fellas or the godfather.

This is simply because of the way the story catches you. Pacino delivers an excellent performance (do you really expect any less from him?) as the main guy Carlito who just wants out of the whole gangster game. By his side is the almost unrecognisable Sean Penn. An afro wearing cocaine addict who just seems determined to lure Carlito back into the kind of world he is trying to leave.

This film is easy to enjoy with a great story and a great cast. And if you look carefully enough you can see a young Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn from lord of the rings in case you don't know) as a crippled low life. Made me chuckle.

Anyways, i give this movie 10/10


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