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Carlito's Way: Rise to Power (2005)

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In the late 1960s, Carlito Brigante (Hernandez) emerges as the heroin czar of Harlem.

Director:

Michael Bregman (as Michael Scott Bregman)

Writers:

Michael Bregman (screenplay), Edwin Torres (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jay Hernandez ... Carlito Brigante
Mario Van Peebles ... Earl
Luis Guzmán ... Nacho Reyes
Sean 'Diddy' Combs ... Hollywood Nicky (as Sean Combs)
Michael Kelly ... Rocco
Giancarlo Esposito ... Little Jeff
Jaclyn DeSantis ... Leticia
Burt Young ... Artie Bottolota Sr.
Mtume Gant Mtume Gant ... Reggie
Domenick Lombardozzi ... Artie Bottolota, Jr.
Juan Carlos Hernández ... Sigfredo
Eric Nieves Eric Nieves ... Chucho
Jamie Tirelli ... Leticia's Father
Nelson Vasquez ... Manny Sanchez
Casper Martinez ... Colorado
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Storyline

In the 60's, the Puerto Rican Carlito Brigante, the Afro-American Earl and the Italian Rocco become best friends while in prison. When they are released, Rocco intermediates a heroin business with a family of the Italian Mafia leaded by Artie Badalato Sr. Carlito negotiates with the lord Leroy "Hollywood Nicky" Barnes the area where the trio could operate in his neighborhood and sooner the three friends become powerful. Later, Carlito dates and has an affair with the beautiful Leticia. When Earl decides to move to Barbados with his girlfriend and leave the heroin business, his stupid younger brother causes a situation with the Italian mobsters, and Carlito and Rocco have to resolve the mess to save their lives. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

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The movie is based on one of Edwin Torres' book series on the criminal life of Carlito Brigante. This is based after the first book in the series "Carlito's Way". Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way (1993) took the first books title because at the time it was decided that they would not take the title of the second book "After Hours" to avoid confusion with the Martin Scorsese -directed movie of the same name (After Hours (1985)). See more »

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The posters in the barbershop include modern day haircuts. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Carlito Brigante: Sooner or later, a thug will tell his tale. We all want to go on record. So let's hear it for all the hoods. The Jews out of Brownsville, the blacks on Lennox Avenue, the Italians from Mulberry Street, the Irish in Hell's Kitchen. Like that. Meanwhile, Puerto Rican's been getting jammed since the fortys, and ain't nobody said nothing. Well, I'm gonna lay it on you one time, for the record. My people. They hit New York and filed into the roach stables in Spanish Harlem and the South...
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Funky Funky Way Of Makin' Love
Written by John Ellison
Published by Dandelion Music Co. (BMI)
Performed by Soul Brothers Six
Courtesy of Jamie Record Co.
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The Beginning of a Criminal Life
1 December 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the 60's, the Puerto Rican Carlito Brigante (Jay Hernandez), the Afro-American Earl (Mario Van Peebles) and the Italian Rocco (Michael Kelly) become best friends while in prison. When they are released, Rocco intermediates a heroin business with a family of the Italian Mafia leaded by Artie Bottolota Sr. (Burt Young). Carlito negotiates with the lord Leroy "Hollywood Nicky" Barnes (Sean Combs) the area where the trio could operate in his neighborhood and sooner the three friends become powerful. Later, Carlito dates and has an affair with the beautiful Leticia (Jaclyn DeSantis). When Earl decides to move to Barbados with his girlfriend and leave the heroin business, his stupid younger brother causes a situation with the Italian mobsters, and Carlito and Rocco have to resolve the mess to save their lives.

"Carlito's Way: Rise to Power" is not as bad as written in many reviews in IMDb. Actually it is a good story, with the beginning of the criminal life of Carlito, showing his ability to negotiate. The story has good doses of humor, a decent plot and a surprising twist in the end. I do not dare to compare this movie with the excellent Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way, but I personally liked the explanations of the criminal life of Carlito and his friends. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Pagamento Final: Rumo ao Poder" ("The Final Payment: in the Way to the Power")


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Official Sites:

Universal [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 2005 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Carlito's Way 2: Rise to Power See more »

Filming Locations:

Nevis, West Indies See more »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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