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He's got a good future if he can live past next week.
A Puerto-Rican ex-con, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of NYC.
Carlito Brigante, the first drug lord, goes to prison through a legal technique engendered by his lawyer, and vows to lead a dignified life. By accepting the job of manager of a nightclub, he finds his old girlfriend and the promise of a change for the better, they reattach the novel. But his dream is interrupted by his former associates of crime and even new villains who commit homicide only to be recognized and feared by all. However, his biggest enemy is himself. Despite his good intentions, the misguided loyalty Carlito and his old fashioned code of honor will involve him in a violent world of life and death against the relentless forces that keep him from leaving.
Film #31 of Project 90
”Favor gonna kill you faster than a bullet.”
An excellent crime/gangster/noir movie from Brian De Palma who teams up with Al Pacino to create a classic hero who will remind you of the lonely and desperate men of film noirs who are trying to find redemption and happiness in a treacherous world of lies and betrayals where you can buy salvation only with blood. Carlito’s Way is without a doubt one of De Palma’s best films, here he narrates an engaging story of love, regret and misfortune without getting carried away or sentimental which makes the overall story more engaging and it becomes easy for us to have sympathy for the central character.
I thought the shootout on the escalator was an amazing bit of action cinema, and the film managed to avoid veering into any offensive territory. It felt like a very strong film for De Palma. It worked to this strengths, which is pretty much epitomized by the disco soundtrack. It's flashy, energetic, and doomed.
One of my main issues with gangster films is the machismo most of them are pervaded with. Even when the film is decidedly illustrating the down sides to a life of crime, the lead character(s) tend to come across as glorified or mythological*, captured by Truffaut's war film paradox as much as any war film's hero would be. The most significant offender here is De Palma's…
Damn, I forgot how much I loved this film. The first time I saw this years ago, I fell in love with it instantly and saw it many countless times afterwards. I haven't seen it in so long, I forgot I loved it so much and I was reminded just how much this still manages to blow my mind.
First, I gotta talk about the acting, but this mght take a while...
Al Pacino is fucking incredible. Every emotion he expresses and every movement he makes nails it over the head. Even the narration is amazing. Like his narration, this performance helps you believe that Carlito Brigante is this tired, broken down gangster who wants to find peace in not…
If one approached me and asked how I feel about Brian De Palma, if he or she is a fan then the response would disappoint them. Scarface was one of the dullest films I have sat through, unable to find the appeal in its attempt to capture the American Dream, led by a performance by Al Pacino that puts disgrace to much of his work; I rarely scowl at a film, but Scarface is an easy trigger. However, my exposure to De Palma’s work is limited, explored through only two of his currently 29 feature films, Scarface and Blow Out. The latter has proven to me that there is something wonderful within the filmmaker, and given the right material, something…
"The street is watching, she is watching all the time."
Opening title card plays over Carlito's dying face: the way of Carlito is found in death. A man driven to uphold his ideals even when those he upholds them for abandon and betray him.
A man doubly out of time: with the start of a new era, he has found that he no longer belongs, no longer knows his place, and he's running out of time to figure it out.
The first cracks in the foundation of society's belief in the future are found at the bottom; when criminals struggle to find their morality, the whole world feels its structure shaking. The only "escape to paradise" comes after life has already left.
I fucking wept.
"If you can't see the angles no more, you're in trouble"- One of the best of 90s, a sublimely self-conscious crime picture.
This is an example of Hollywood movie-making that is waiting to be discovered over and over again, as proof of the value that can come in re-fashioning a genre piece.
It will forever be tied to Scarface because of the Pacino/DePalma reunion, but Carlito's Way is very much its own thing. There are plenty of similarities here — the style, the organized crime, ridiculous Pacino accents — but they have different things on their mind.
Carlito's Way is definitely the more even-handed of the two. Despite some truly cringe-worthy dialogue at points, it never gets in over its head the way Scarface does. (Not that I prefer this to Scarface (I don't) — they both have their advantages.)
This is a character study in a way Scarface never cared to be, and a commentary on the way society perpetuates crime. It essentially asks: If you'd lived your entire life surrounded…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The gangster film, De Palma's way. Even though you know how the movie ends, the last 30 minutes are suspenseful as hell, with the obligatory Grand Central Station shootout - escalator style.
Starts kind of slow but god damn what a great ending!
This movie was a revelation to my 18-year old De Palma-obsessed self. Subsequent viewings have made me less sure if it's as perfect as I once thought it to be. The scenes in the nightclub drag a bit, making the film not quite as lively and entertaining as De Palma's other gangster pics (Scarface, The Untouchables).
But it's still a great movie, and one of De Palma's best (if not his best, as I once thought), because Carlito's Brigante is a great character and Pacino is clearly having a blast playing him. You've never seen a gangster so damned likable and so madly in love with a woman in a movie before. The climax still gets me teary-eyed.
Carlito is just a piece of heart.
This is perfect for fans of "Gangster movies", I love how the subject matter is a bit different then usual as this time it's about a big "Boss" who after prison is working on getting out of the game for good. The harsh reality is of course that once you are in a dangerous lifestyle of drug sales and guns you never really get out of it. Carlito (Pacino) is bailed out early by his Cocaine addicted lawyer (Penn), In one of Penn's best performances. So Carlito feels like he owes him one last time, the streets have changed since Carlito was last there, with the young boys taking over. It really just brilliant seeing how all this effects everyone…
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