The Departed

The Departed

The Departed

Martin Scorsese returns to his gangster roots with this Boston mafia remake of the Hong Kong classic Infernal Affairs. Leonardo Di Caprio is a cop infiltrating the mob, and Matt Damon is a mob kid infiltrating the cops. Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin and Mark Wahlberg are actual cops. Vera Farmiga is the love interest. And best of all, Jack Nicholson steals the show with a ferociousness not seen since The Shining, as loose mob boss Frank Costello.

Winner of the Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Editing Oscars at the 2007 Academy Awards.
2006Rating: MA15+, Strong violence and coarse language, Sexual references152 minsUSA
DramaThriller
Director:
Martin Scorsese ('Raging Bull', 'Goodfellas', 'Taxi Driver', 'Casino', 'Cape Fear', 'The King of Comedy')
Writer:
William Monahan
Cast:
Leonardo DiCaprioMatt DamonJack NicholsonMartin SheenMark WahlbergAlec BaldwinVera Farmiga

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Variety

Variety

This reworking of a popular Hong Kong picture pulses with energy, tangy dialogue and crackling performances from a fine cast...

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

A new American crime classic from the legendary Martin Scorsese, whose talent shines here on its highest beams...

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Inevitably the story is headed for an unhappy ending but the banal, heavyhanded final shot is the worst of many ill-judged touches. This is not a film Scorsese will be or should be remembered for - though fans of Goodfellas may relish the profligate bloodshed...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A ferociously entertaining film...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Back to the streets and with a stellar cast, Martin Scorsese proves once again that he’s the master of urban storytelling — and of thrillingly violent filmmaking...

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BBC

BBC

From the moment Jack Nicholson's terrifying gang boss pads across screen to the chorus chords of The Rolling Stones' 'Gimme Shelter' ("It's just a shot away"), you can nuzzle back into your seat, safe in the knowledge you're in for a ride. The themes are (self) betrayal, (schizophrenic) identity and (impossible) redemption; the violence is vicious (desert boot beatings); the supporting cast stunning (Wahlberg, Winstone, Baldwin - no, really). As DiCaprio and Damon push themselves to the limit, their characters' fragile sense of self literally disintegrating on-screen, this is a thriller that thrills...

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