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

Director:

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
Jack Nicholson ... Costello
Mark Wahlberg ... Dignam
Martin Sheen ... Queenan
Ray Winstone ... Mr. French
Vera Farmiga ... Madolyn
Anthony Anderson ... Brown
Alec Baldwin ... Ellerby
Kevin Corrigan ... Cousin Sean
James Badge Dale ... 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 this crime-action tour de force, the South Boston 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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Unrestrained 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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Originally, Brad Pitt was cast as Colin Sullivan, but later dropped out to work with Alejandro G. Iñárritu in Babel (2006). He continued to produce the film under his (and his then wife Jennifer Aniston's) production company, Plan B. See more »

Goofs

When Costigan pulls Sullivan into the elevator near the end of the film, Matt Damon doesn't react for a split second, waiting for his cue. See more »

Quotes

Dignam: I can't wait to wipe that fucking smirk right off of your face.
Frank Costello: Wouldn't you rather wipe my ass for me?
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

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Mother Machree
Music by Chauncey Olcott and Ernest Ball
Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
Sung a cappella by Jack Nicholson
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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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Language:

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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:

$291,465,373
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2.39 : 1
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