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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Billy
... Colin Sullivan
... Frank Costello
... Dignam
... Queenan
... Mr. French
... Madolyn
... Trooper Brown
... Ellerby
... Cousin Sean
... Trooper Barrigan
... Fitzy (as David Patrick O'Hara)
... Delahunt
... Lazio - FBI
... 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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Cops or Criminals. When you're facing a loaded gun what's the difference? See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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6 October 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los infiltrados  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,887,467, 8 October 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$132,384,315, 22 March 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$289,847,354
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Trivia

Martin Scorsese really wanted Al Pacino for the role of Costello, because he never worked with Pacino before, but he turned it down. Jack Nicholson was Scorsese's second choice. Pacino would later go onto appear in Scorsese's The Irishman. See more »

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When Costello lies dead in the shovel of the excavator, his right arm moves between shots. (First it is up - in the far shot, it is down). See more »

Quotes

Colin Sullivan: [in their new apartment] Hey, now why do you work for the state?
Madolyn: Why not? You do.
Colin Sullivan: No, what you do, the degrees and everything you got, you're hot shit. So why do you make as much as a guidance counselor?
Madolyn: Because... I believe in public service.
Colin Sullivan: [pause] So now you're gonna fuck with me?
[starts laughing]
Colin Sullivan: Now you're gonna be ridiculous?
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The title doesn't appear on screen until nearly 20 minutes into the movie. See more »

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Remake of Infernal Affairs (2002) See more »

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Well Well Well
(1970)
Written by John Lennon
Performed by John Lennon
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Superb acting on top of brilliant storytelling
2 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

Now I know that 'The Departed' is based off of the Hong Kong movie 'WuJianDao', but Scorsese really grabs hold of a great story and brings it to the American Screen. My father grew up in Boston and when we walked out of the theater he couldn't stop talking about how authentic the environment and attitude was. Then there's the acting in which the lead actors (Nicholson, DiCaprio, Damon) not only give stunningly entertaining performances, but you become engulfed in each one's perspective and dilemmas. The smaller roles that of (Baldwin, Walberg, Sheen) are supporting roles that remind me of Jesus Quintana from 'The Big Lebowski', by this I mean that their screen time is limited but they make lasting impressions that you cherish each and every scene they are in, Alec Baldwin especially. The story itself starts off with the basic intro of the players and the setting, but you'll find yourself slowing following each and every plot twist and rooting back and forth for the good guys and for the bad guys. If you're a Scorsese fan, which I am, I think you will appreciate this film. You can clearly see the Scorsese touch ranging from the cinematography and of course the music, it's great to hear "Gimme Shelter" again, but "Comfortably Numb" played in so well. It's another gangster flick from Scorsese, yet this one stands alone because feels so fresh and most would agree Scorsese does gangster films the best; so why not let him. Oscar worthy, the acting I certainly hope; this is DiCaprio's best role since 'The Aviator' which was his best role since 'Gangs of New York', am I seeing a pattern here. But my lasting impression wasn't concerned with the politics of the golden statue; my lasting impression was that I had sat through 2 and half hours of brilliant and especially entertaining storytelling. Thank you Mr. Scorsese.


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