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The Departed (2006)

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An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

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Martin Scorsese

Writers:

William Monahan (screenplay), Alan Mak | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Billy
Matt Damon ... Colin Sullivan
Jack Nicholson ... Frank Costello
Mark Wahlberg ... Dignam
Martin Sheen ... Queenan
Ray Winstone ... Mr. French
Vera Farmiga ... Madolyn
Anthony Anderson ... Trooper Brown
Alec Baldwin ... Ellerby
Kevin Corrigan ... Cousin Sean
James Badge Dale ... Trooper Barrigan
David O'Hara ... Fitzy (as David Patrick O'Hara)
Mark Rolston ... Delahunt
Robert Wahlberg ... Lazio - FBI
Kristen Dalton ... Gwen
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Storyline

In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover? Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Cops or Criminals. When you're facing a loaded gun what's the difference? See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, some strong sexual content and drug material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

6 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Departed See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,887,467, 8 October 2006

Gross USA:

$132,384,315

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$291,465,034
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Sound Mix:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Denis Leary was offered the role of Dignam in this film, but turned it down due to scheduling conflicts with his television show, Rescue Me (2004). He was disappointed, but he did hold Mark Wahlberg's performance in high regard. See more »

Goofs

(at around 44 mins) Costigan and French get into a maroon Buick Roadmaster, where Costello is waiting. When Costigan opens the flip-phone, the dashboard in the background is that of a newer Mercedes, with a black interior. See more »

Quotes

Brown: [pointing his gun at Colin] Put down the gun and step away from Sergeant Sullivan!
Billy Costigan: [pointing his gun upwards] Look, I called you. You specifically. You know who I am. I'm not gonna shoot. I told you to meet me downstairs.
Colin Sullivan: Help me.
Brown: PUT THE WEAPON ON THE DECK AND STEP AWAY FROM SERGEANT SULLIVAN!
Colin Sullivan: Shoot the fuckin' prick already!
Billy Costigan: Where's Dignam? I told you to bring Dignam!
Colin Sullivan: Shoot the motherfucker!
Brown: Put the weapon on the ground and we'll discuss it.
Colin Sullivan: SHOOT THE MOTHERFUCKER!
Billy Costigan: Look, I got boxes of tapes, ...
[...]
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The title doesn't appear on screen until nearly 20 minutes into the movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

In India, the Tamil and Telugu dubbed versions were cut before being given a UA (parental guidance) certificate for video release. See more »

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Well Well Well
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Written by John Lennon
Performed by John Lennon
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Sublime Scorsese
24 January 2011 | by pedofski-radar-coleSee all my reviews

Definitely the the type of movie that makes it worth going to the theater. Very intense action and violence, twisting plot, lot's of misdirection.

The story line is a bit overly whelming at times, this isn't a good movie to watch if you're tired and follow the action, the double crosses and the sometimes confusing who's who of the movie, but if you can just remember the basic characters the minor twists won't be too confusing.

While it's certainly not a love story, there is that element, with a bit of a morality play going the whole time.

I can't make some of the statements I'd like to make because I really try to avoid spoilers in my reviews, but I'll say that I enjoyed the movie even though had I been in charge it may have ended differently...

All that said, if you like a thriller that has some rough and tough violence and a plot with a few twists and turns this film would be one I'd recommend to you.


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