Carlitos Way Collectors Edition

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

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A hood trying to go straight is drawn back to crime by his sleazy lawyer.


Studio Universal
SKU 40227008
UPC 025192145926
UPC 14 00025192145926
Format DVD
Release Date 9/2/2003
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
Al Pacino - Actor
Luis Guzmann - Actor
Penelope Ann Miller - Actor
Sean Penn - Actor
Edwin Torres - Based On Novel By
Brian DePalma - Director
Stephen H. Burum - Director of Photography
Patrick Doyle - Musical Score
Martin Bregman, et al. - Producer
David Koepp - Screenplay
Bill Pankow - Editor
Brian De Palma - Director
Gregory Bolton - Art Director
Ingrid Rogers - Actor
John Leguizamo - Actor
Kristina Boden - Editor
Louis A. Stroller - Executive Producer
Luis Guzman - Actor
Martin Bregman - Producer
Patrick Doyle - Original Music By
Stephen H. Burum - Cinematographer
Viggo Mortensen - Actor
Vincent Pastore - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1993
Catalog ID 21459
UPC 00025192145926
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 145 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Golden Globe (1994) Sean Penn, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor,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
Nominee (1994) Golden Globe, Sean Penn, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture,Golden Globe, Penelope Ann Miller, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Technically, Carlito's Way is a combination of the innovative and the banal. The camerawork is invigorating, if sometimes too exotic. DePalma makes good use of the steadicam during the chase sequences, and this heightens whatever tension is present. Jellybean Benitez, a former DJ and club manager, is the music supervisor, and his choice of about a dozen mid-seventies hits helps to establish the time-frame. Patrick Doyle's score, however, is horribly out-of-place.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The acting here, by Sean Penn, is a virtuoso tour de force--one of those performances that takes on a life of its own... [the movie] is first and last a character study, a portrait of a man who wants to be better than he is...
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Review After the disastrous "Bonfire of the Vanities", director Brian De Palma recovered his career by making a sure-fire, more conventional film: a crime drama starring Al Pacino. While no one will put "Carlito's Way" in the same category as "The Godfather", it is a slightly better film than it has been given credit for. There is much dramatic tension, the presence of Sean Penn adds pathos, and the disco-era soundtrack is good...Sean Penn is well-cast for his character, initially smug but soon decaying into a psychopathic cokehead. Miller is lovely but looks unhappy throughout, adding to the 'onset of doom' feeling that permeates the film. Penn and Miller received Golden Globe nominations for their performances...I'll always take a disco soundtrack over a John Williams score, but someone should have told Jellybean Benitez that Cheryl Lynn's hit "Got to Be Real" was from 1979...The best part of "Carlito's Way" is the dramatic tension. Pacino has to resort to gunplay on several occasions, and admittedly these are the best scenes.
Reviewer Brian Koller
ReviewRating 8
Review Carlito's Way is a good film, but it's burdened with the expectations that come naturally when two great creative forces join together. Back when DePalma directed Body Double (1984), he was accused of copying the suspense-building style of Alfred Hitchcock (you could do worse), but now his brand of intense pacing, camera movement, and classical music scores can safely be called his own...Carlito's Way is character-driven, and that is the main reason the movie did not succeed by Scarface standards. But taken as it was intended--that is, as a very different type of picture--it does hold up nicely. And the action scenes, which are limited to just three elaborately staged set pieces, have the trademark DePalma pacing and punch that make The Untouchables such an exciting ride, especially in that film's white-knuckler train station scene. DePalma uses a train station again for the final chase scene in Carlito's Way, his most elaborate and exciting set piece to date, and one that took six months to complete.
Reviewer Ken Dubois
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Actor Pacino,Al
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Joel Siegel, Good Morning America This is Brian De Palma at his best.
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.

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