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The Departed (2006)

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An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

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Martin Scorsese

Writers:

William Monahan (screenplay), Alan Mak | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Billy
Matt Damon ... Colin Sullivan
Jack Nicholson ... Frank Costello
Mark Wahlberg ... Dignam
Martin Sheen ... Queenan
Ray Winstone ... Mr. French
Vera Farmiga ... Madolyn
Anthony Anderson ... Trooper Brown
Alec Baldwin ... Ellerby
Kevin Corrigan ... Cousin Sean
James Badge Dale ... Trooper Barrigan
David O'Hara ... Fitzy (as David Patrick O'Hara)
Mark Rolston ... Delahunt
Robert Wahlberg ... Lazio - FBI
Kristen Dalton ... Gwen
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Storyline

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 Anonymous

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Cops or Criminals. When you're facing a loaded gun what's the difference? See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, some strong sexual content and drug material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

6 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Departed See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,887,467, 8 October 2006

Gross USA:

$132,384,315

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$289,847,354
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

To accommodate his schedule, Mark Wahlberg had shot his scenes at the beginning of production. See more »

Goofs

Trooper Brown and Costigan know each other at the Academy in the beginning. Brown mentions after shootout that he remembers him. The cops have been watching these guys for months and Brown didn't make the connection sooner. Even if Costigan's fake cover story as an academy drop out was know, Sullivan would have been more eager to peg Costigan as the "rat" earlier. See more »

Quotes

Oliver Queenan: [as Billy runs away, and protects him from Costello's goons] One of you mugs got a light.
Fitzy: Where's your boy?
Oliver Queenan: He's studying law at Notre Dame.
Fitzy: Where's your fucking boy?
Fitzy: [grabs Queenan] Goddamn motherfucker! Now where's your fucking boy?
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The title doesn't appear on screen until nearly 20 minutes into the movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

In India, the film was given an A (adults only) certificate after the visual of Frank Costello holding a dildo was deleted. This change is visible in the Hindi dubbed VCD which shows a slight frame jump. See more »

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Well Well Well
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Written by John Lennon
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Scorsese at his best
9 March 2019 | by Aaron_KyleSee all my reviews

The Departed is one of the rare cases when the remake is better than the original.

It's succeeds mainly because of Scorsese's vision and ability to bring this project to life. Scorsese works with his cast turning DiCaprio, Wahlberg, Nicholson into a perfect trio and turning this film into of the best of the 00s. Like most of Scorsese's film The Departed is very bloody and very violent but very entertaining in the process. Right from the opening line to the end credits The Departed shows of its style and keeps it consistent trough the 151-minute runtime. However, the 151-minute long runtime is the only thing preventing The Departed from being a masterpiece. At some moments in the film (not many) it gets somewhat annoying, but not annoying enough to make me lose interest. In other words, the strongest point of The Departed is also the weakest point. The Departed despite being a remake has enough charisma and energy to make it seem original. The Departed is a triumph of its own kind, it works its way up and hits on an emotional level.

There is something everyone in The Departed whether you're a Scorsese fan or not but if you're familiar with his work this is a must see.

Final Score: 9/10


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