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The Departed
- Leonardo Dicaprio

Overview - Director Martin Scorsese returns to his trademark style with the violent, bruised, and bloody feature THE DEPARTED. Scorsese filched the basic storyline from Wai Keung Lau and Siu Fai Mak's masterful 2002 Hong Kong action film, INFERNAL AFFAIRS, which saw a policeman going undercover as a mob member and a mob member infiltrating the police force.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Director Martin Scorsese returns to his trademark style with the violent, bruised, and bloody feature THE DEPARTED. Scorsese filched the basic storyline from Wai Keung Lau and Siu Fai Mak's masterful 2002 Hong Kong action film, INFERNAL AFFAIRS, which saw a policeman going undercover as a mob member and a mob member infiltrating the police force. Scorsese transfers the action to Boston, positioning Leonardo Di Caprio as undercover cop William Costigan and Matt Damon as undercover mobster Colin Sullivan. While Costigan and Sullivan get into plenty of nail-biting situations that almost reveal their true identities, Scorsese gradually unravels his strong supporting cast, including Jack Nicholson as Sullivan's mob boss, Frank Costello; Ray Winstone as Costello's meat-headed muscle; Mark Wahlberg as a hot-headed police sergeant; and Vera Farmiga as a love interest for both Damon and DiCaprio's characters. THE DEPARTED finds Scorsese generously dipping his toes back into waters that will be warmly familiar to his biggest fans. Rolling Stones songs pepper the soundtrack, recalling the remarkable "Jumpin' Jack Flash" sequence in MEAN STREETS; bullets and blood punctuate every key scene, bringing TAXI DRIVER's explosive finale to mind; and the mobster-themed storyline is a thrilling return to GOODFELLAS territory. Nicholson and Winstone provide acting master-classes every time they appear, neatly complementing the blossoming talents of DiCaprio, Damon, and Wahlberg, while further veteran support comes in small roles for Martin Sheen and Alec Baldwin. Scorsese is often criticized for affording precious little screen time to female characters, and THE DEPARTED won't quell those dissenting voices, although Farmiga's character proves to be more than a match for DiCaprio and Damon's posturings. But Scorsese followers who balked at his diversions into documentary filmmaking (NO DIRECTION HOME) and period epics (THE AVIATOR) will be delighted to find raw male machismo puncturing the screen once again in this frenetic entry into his celebrated oeuvre.

Awards:
2006 - Academy Awards - Best Picture Winner
2006 - Academy Awards - Best Director Winner
2006 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted Screenplay Winner

Cast List

Jennifer Aniston - American Actress, FRIENDS
Martin Sheen - American actor, THE WEST WING
Ramon Estevez - American actor, THE WEST WING
Mark Wahlberg - American actor, BOOGIE NIGHTS,
Marky Mark - American actor, BOOGIE NIGHTS,
William Monahan - Screenwriter, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (2005)
Thelma Schoonmaker - Editor, CASINO (1995)
Graham King - Executive Producer/ TRAFFIC (2000)
Brad Pitt - American actor/producer, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE
William Bradley Pitt - American actor/producer, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE
Brad Grey - Producer
Ray Winstone - Actor/"Ladybird Ladybird"
Vera Farmiga - Actress, 15 MINUTES (2001)
Felix Chong - Hong Kong Screenwriter
Chong Man-Keung - Hong Kong Screenwriter
Martin Scorsese - American director/screenwriter/producer, GOODFELLAS (1990)
Jack Nicholson - American actor, producer, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
Leonardo DiCaprio - American actor, TITANIC (1997), THE AVIATOR, GANGS OF NEW YO
Leonardo Di Caprio - American actor, TITANIC (1997), THE AVIATOR, GANGS OF NEW YO
Michael Ballhaus - German Director Of Photography/In USA
Howard Shore
Matt Damon - American actor, screenwriter, GOOD WILL HUNTING (1997)
Alec Baldwin - American Actor, BEETLEJUICE (1988)
Alexander Rae Baldwin III - American Actor, BEETLEJUICE (1988)
Siu Fai Mak - Screenplay. The Departed, (2006)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 152
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 012569736740
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: May 2013

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
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Notes:
Theatrical Release: October 6, 2006

Reviews:
"THE DEPARTED is splattered with moments of pure, dead-eyed, blood-soaked Scorsesean violence....Nicholson provides a menace that's half silky, half seedy." -- Grade: A- - 10/13/2006 Entertainment Weekly, p.108


4 stars out of 5 -- "DiCaprio fully justifies his place as Marty's new muse....[He delivers] THE DEPARTED's most dangerous turn." - 11/01/2006 Total Film, 34


"The speed and Mr. Scorsese's sureness of touch, particularly when it comes to carving up space with the camera, keep the plot's hall of mirrors from becoming a distraction." - 10/06/2006 New York Times, p.E1-E8


4 stars out of 4 -- "The actors bring their A games to this triumphant bruiser of a film, its darkly wanton wit the only defense against complete chaos." - 10/19/2006 Rolling Stone, p.137


"[A] juicy and enjoyable gangster picture. It has generous salty humour, tremendous narrative drive, an absorbingly complex plot of multiple betrayal, and a roster of entertaining actors." - 12/01/2006 Sight and Sound, p.53


"Martin Scorsese here succeeds in creating a bleak picture with a fatalistic Irish sensibility." - 12/01/2006 Box Office, p.78


Included in Premiere's "10 Best Movies Of The Year" -- "[With] enough bravura acting for a dozen such pictures..." - 01/01/2007 Premiere, p.48


Ranked #1 in Rolling Stone's "The 10 Best Movies Of 2006" -- "[A] model of what directing is when craft rises to the level of art." - 12/28/2006 Rolling Stone, p.116


Included in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 Films Of The Year" -- "Scorsese's got the best of men at the tops of their games. THE DEPARTED is this year's meatiest movie diversion." - 12/29/2006 Entertainment Weekly, p.104


Ranked #1 in Film Comment's "20 Best Films Of 2006." - 01/01/2007 Film Comment, p.36


"[T]his 'gangster movie' feels like a direct emanation from a society in a state of severe moral disorientation....THE DEPARTED reminds us that if there's truly an enemy, it's within." - 01/01/2007 Film Comment, p.38


4 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t's a rare treat for moviegoers to see six major actors, all in strong roles, together in one movie." - 02/16/2007 USA Today, p.3E


5 stars out of 5 -- "DiCaprio stands tall, even when sharing the screen with Nicholson....THE DEPARTED is his master class..." - 03/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.102


5 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ith Nicholson and DiCaprio together on screen for the first time, a performance masterclass is assured." - 07/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.21


"THE DEPARTED has become a classic in its own right, thanks in no small measure to William Monahan's script..." - 09/17/2010 Wall Street Journal

 
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