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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The first scheduled shoot was actually the Grand Central climax, but this had to be rethought when Al Pacino showed up on crutches. Instead, the ill-fated drug deal in the pool hall, kickstarted production. This was a scene that the studio originally asked Brian De Palma to make shorter. De Palma actually extended the scene but used tension building techniques that tricked the studio execs into thinking it was shorter and therefore loving it. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film when Carlito is getting his money from the lockbox under the bar, he opens it to see 2 stacks of $100 bills. The face pictured on the bills is not Benjamin Franklin, but Ulysses S. Grant, who should be on the $50 bill. 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

Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

TSOP - The Sounds of Philadelphia
Written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff
Performed by MFSB featuring The Three Degrees
Courtesy of Sony Music
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Mind blowing story
29 August 2001 | by aphextwinxSee all my reviews

What can I say about such a movie? Simply brilliant. I make a point of watching this movie each year and every time I watch it I simply fall in love with it even more. The direction is brilliant as is Pacino's superb on-time acting. Al deserves an Oscar for this flick. As human beings, we love story telling. It's in out nature, and this story is excellent. As mentioned before in a previous review, Carlito's way is Scarface with feeling. Simply involving. I would dare say it does leave you on the edge of your chair with great anticipation, probably due to Pacino's on screen presence and experienced acting mannerisms. Penn, once again is brilliant and shines through as the high-classed, cocaine addicted Kleinfeld. If you have not seen this movie, do yourself a favour. Rent it out, dim the lights, snuggle up tight with your loved one and enjoy one of the greatest movies of all time. 9 out of 10.


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