Carlitos Way(Blu-ray)

Directed By: Brian De Palma Starring: Al Pacino Sean Penn

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Former drug kingpin Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino) is sprung from prison by his high-powered attorney (Sean Penn) and stuns the New York underworld by vowing to go straight from a history of violence. But his plans are undermined by misguided loyalties and an outmoded code of honor.


Studio Universal
SKU 214438896
UPC 025192046889
UPC 14 00025192046889
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/18/2010
Rating Rating
Love Story
Organized Crime
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Notorious Puerto Rican heroin dealer Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino) is released from jail on a technicality thanks to the manipulations of his sleazy lawyer buddy (Sean Penn). All he wants is to keep his nose clean and earn enough money to start a business in the Bahamas--and maybe rekindle romance with his old flame, played by Penelope Ann Miller. Instead he finds himself back in trouble as a result of old-world codes of honor and misguided loyalties. It all takes place in 1975 Manhattan, in and around a nightclub Carlito manages, so there's plenty of classic disco music pulsing on the soundtrack. John Leguizamo plays one of the younger generation of hoodlums out to prove something. Viggo Mortensen and Luis Guzmán star as a couple of Carlito's buddies from the old days. Brian De Palma, who directed Pacino a decade earlier in SCARFACE, makes this seem almost like that film's sequel. As expected, there's plenty of elaborate tracking shots and suspenseful set pieces, most memorably a pulse-pounding chase through Grand Central Station. It's adapted from two novels by New York Supreme Court Judge Edwin Torres based on his childhood in East Harlem.
Plot Summary
Summary Drug kingpin Carlito Brigante vows to go straight when he is released from prison. As a host of vengeful former cronies and young thugs out to prove themselves come after him, somehow he must find a way to hold on to his newfound integrity.
New York Times "...Pacino brings vast entertainment value to [the film]....[Penn gives a] strange, jarringly intense performance..." 11/10/1993 p.C19
Sight and Sound "...A fierce Pacino performance...and a trio of big action sequences as exciting as anything seen on screen..." 02/01/1994 p.49-50
Variety "...Rich with irony and keen in its attention to detail. Handsomely made, expertly directed and colorfully acted....Brian De Palma is in top form with CARLITO'S WAY..." 11/15/1993
Entertainment Weekly "...A smoother piece of filmmaking than SCARFACE....It's fun to see Sean Penn ham it up again....His energetic performance keeps you watching..." 11/12/1993 p.40-1
Chicago Sun-Times "...Brian De Palma in his best films is a muscular director who relishes over-the-top behavior, and here he paints a gallery of colorful gangsters and lowlifes..." 11/12/1993 p.44
Total Film "...Pacino is the sexiest he's ever been as the Puerto Rican crook, but it's Penn who really steals the show..." 10/01/2000 p.101
USA Today "Penn's spectacularly flashy supporting role marked his best work in a decade." 03/16/2004 p.6D
Premiere 3 stars out of 4 -- "An exciting and wildly entertaining romp through a seedy 1970s NYC....This movie has lots of heart and style..." 05/18/2010
Brian De Palma
Al Pacino
Sean Penn
Cast & Crew
Luis Guzmán - Star
Al Pacino - Star
Penelope Ann Miller - Star
Joseph Siravo - Star
Richard Foronjy - Star
Ingrid Rogers - Star
Adrian Pasdar - Star
Sean Penn - Star
Viggo Mortensen - Star
John Leguizamo - Star
Jorge Porcel - Star
Frank Minucci - Star
James Rebhorn - Star
Michael Scott Bregman - Producer
Willi Baer - Producer
David Koepp - Screenwriter
Martin Bregman - Producer
Brian De Palma - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1993
UPC 00025192046889
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 120 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Golden Globe (1994) Penelope Ann Miller, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress,Penelope Ann Miller, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture,Sean Penn, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture,Sean Penn, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor
English, Spanish, French
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Clint Morris, MovieHole One of Pacino's best. A first rate crime thriller.
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid ...the film's climax practically surpasses Hitchcock and even gives Scorsese's GoodFellas a run for its money.
Joel Siegel, Good Morning America This is Brian De Palma at his best.

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