In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover? Written by
(at around 1h 40 mins) In the subway scenes Queenan and Costigan enter car #01844, but when they leave they exit car #01884. See more »
[after they lose the rugby match to the firemen and Sullivan stares longingly at the statehouse]
What? Look, forget about it. Your old man was a janitor and his son's only a cop.
Fucking firefighters are bunch of homos.
[they both laugh]
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The title doesn't appear on screen until nearly 20 minutes into the movie. See more »
Now I know that 'The Departed' is based off of the Hong Kong movie
'WuJianDao', but Scorsese really grabs hold of a great story and brings
it to the American Screen. My father grew up in Boston and when we
walked out of the theater he couldn't stop talking about how authentic
the environment and attitude was. Then there's the acting in which the
lead actors (Nicholson, DiCaprio, Damon) not only give stunningly
entertaining performances, but you become engulfed in each one's
perspective and dilemmas. The smaller roles that of (Baldwin, Walberg,
Sheen) are supporting roles that remind me of Jesus Quintana from 'The
Big Lebowski', by this I mean that their screen time is limited but
they make lasting impressions that you cherish each and every scene
they are in, Alec Baldwin especially. The story itself starts off with
the basic intro of the players and the setting, but you'll find
yourself slowing following each and every plot twist and rooting back
and forth for the good guys and for the bad guys. If you're a Scorsese
fan, which I am, I think you will appreciate this film. You can clearly
see the Scorsese touch ranging from the cinematography and of course
the music, it's great to hear "Gimme Shelter" again, but "Comfortably
Numb" played in so well. It's another gangster flick from Scorsese, yet
this one stands alone because feels so fresh and most would agree
Scorsese does gangster films the best; so why not let him. Oscar
worthy, the acting I certainly hope; this is DiCaprio's best role since
'The Aviator' which was his best role since 'Gangs of New York', am I
seeing a pattern here. But my lasting impression wasn't concerned with
the politics of the golden statue; my lasting impression was that I had
sat through 2 and half hours of brilliant and especially entertaining
storytelling. Thank you Mr. Scorsese.
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