The Departed

The Departed

DVD - 2007
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Rookie cop Billy Costigan become a mole on the inside of the mob run by boss Frank Costello. Meanwhile, SIU officer Colin Sullivan has everyone's trust and no one suspects he is Costello's mole. When both are in danger of being caught, they race to uncover the identity of the other man.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2007
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama / Depar 3558
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (151 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container

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trcookIIImddmd
Oct 18, 2017

Classic old great movie; great actors; great story: "niggahs gotta learn...you gotta work...."

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Davidf05
May 04, 2017

Great story,bad language throughout which Hollywood does BEST.

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muffinpopcorn
Apr 28, 2017

Not bad , would watch again .

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singidunum_25
Jan 10, 2017

This movie just exceeded my expectations on so many levels that I keep coming back to it from time to time. One of my favourite!

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JihadiConservative
Oct 31, 2016

Wow, this was incredible. One of my favorite movies of all time and without a doubt the best thriller movie I have seen.He has made good musicals (New York, New York), surreal comedies (After Hours), satires (The King of Comedy) and biopics (The Aviator), but Martin Scorsese has never done better than the times he's dealt with life on the streets and gangsters. Mean Streets, Goodfellas and Casino (and, to some degree, Taxi Driver) are proof of that. It doesn't seem strange, then, that his finest film in over a decade (Goodfellas was released in 1990) sees him return to that familiar ground. With a few changes.

The Departed, based on Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs (2002), is Scorsese's first gangster film not to feature Italian-American criminals. In fact, this film is set in Boston, where the Irish rule. One of these "godfathers" is Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson), the man the State Police want the most. After years of investigation, they're finally getting close, thanks to undercover agent Billy Costigan (Leonardo Di Caprio). Because of his family (all Irish, all bad), becoming a member of Costello's crew isn't that difficult. Now all Costigan has to do is report to his superiors, Queenan (Martin Sheen) and Dignam (Mark Wahlberg), who will pass on the information to Ellerby's (Alec Baldwin) Special Investigations Unit. What they don't know is that Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon), the most promising element of said unit, has been on Costello's payroll since he was 12. Soon enough, both cops and crooks become aware of the situation, beginning a manhunt that's gonna make the already fragile Billy even more nervous and Costello increasingly crazier.

By moving from Hong Kong to Boston, Scorsese and screenwriter William Monahan have made the first step in ensuring this film will be quite different from its Chinese inspiration. Another significant factor is the running time: a mere 97 minutes for Infernal Affairs, 150 for The Departed. This is due to new characters (Dignam and Costello's henchman Mr French, played by Ray Winstone, were missing in the original) and subplots, such as the one concerning Madolyn (Vera Farmiga), a psychiatrist who gets emotionally involved with both of the moles. But the most crucial difference is in the depiction of the underworld: whereas IA was stylish without being excessive, Scorsese's vision comprises very colorful language (some insults are so creative one might expect Joe Pesci to show up) and, of course, buckets of blood, the last part of the movie proving to be particularly shocking. None of the scenes ever reach the gross-out level of Casino's head-in-the-vice scene, but in pure Scorsese tradition it remains unflinchingly violent (also notable is the music, perfectly setting the mood, scene after scene, alongside Thelma Schoonmaker's impeccable editing).

Amidst these brutal surroundings, the director handles a spot-on cast: Baldwin, Sheen and Wahlberg (the latter finally back on form) make good use of their little screen time, Damon fine-tunes the edgier side he showed in The Talented Mr Ripley and the Bourne movies, and Nicholson, playing the villain again at last, delivers another OTT but classy turn (original choice Robert De Niro would probably have played the part with more calm and subtlety). A special mention is needed for Di Caprio: working with Scorsese for the third consecutive time, he has finally found a way to shake off his Titanic image, thanks to a vulnerable, gripping (and arguably career-best) performance.

With its clever and brilliant plot, excellent acting and expert direction, The Departed is without doubt one of the greatest movies of all time, and possibly Scorcese's best. If this really is going to be his last gangster film (he has said so), as well as his last studio-endorsed picture, Scorsese can be proud, given the masterpiece he has given us. 10/10!

AL_FELICIA Aug 17, 2016

One of my all time favorite movies. I've seen it multiple times, and usually I can't stand watching a movie over and over.

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ujuezeaka
Jun 19, 2016

One of the best, most exciting movies i have ever watched! it was entertaining throughout and had such a brilliant and unexpected ending. I loved it! 10/10 would recommend.

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salsun
Mar 20, 2016

I struggled to view the last few scenes of this poor quality disc. But the movie is just Great!!!

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JackPurcell
Oct 14, 2015

Lots of twists and turns in this plot. The movie suffered a bit by having three major characters who were too similar in appearance to keep track of who was who. But it was a fun way to spend the time it took to watch it

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slarsen
Jun 19, 2015

I like this movie. Liked the plot, liked the cast. A bit of comedy, a bit of blood.

I would like to express my opinion about having two actors that look alike in the same movie. I think if I didn't know DiCaprio and Damon I would be confused. This happens often. Same age, same color, same size, similar features. I find the same happens with women too.

Enuf of that - I really liked this movie.

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JihadiConservative
Oct 31, 2016

Sexual Content: A sex scene, a porn theater, and a man with a strap on. None of this is graphic. 6/10

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JihadiConservative
Oct 31, 2016

Violence: Violent scenes involving guns. Blood spray, gritty shootouts end with various deaths, suicide and blood. 8/10

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JihadiConservative
Oct 31, 2016

Coarse Language: Many uses of "F**k, Cu*t, Prick, Dick, Cock, Shit, Bitch ect..." Martin Scorcese does not shy away from swearing. These words are used close to about 300 times. 10/10

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bdls206
Jul 31, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
Jul 31, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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bdls206
Jul 31, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Davidf05
May 04, 2017

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ujuezeaka
Jun 19, 2016

ujuezeaka thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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May 20, 2012

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bdls206
Jul 31, 2011

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bdls206
Jul 31, 2011

Madolyn: Why is the last patient of the day always the hardest?
Billy Costigan: Because you're tired and you don't give a s**t. It's not super-natural.

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bdls206
Jul 31, 2011

Frank Costello: I don't want to be a product of my environment. I want my environment to be a product of me. Years ago we had the church. That was only a way of saying - we had each other. The Knights of Columbus were real head-breakers; true guineas. They took over their piece of the city. Twenty years after an Irishman couldn't get a fucking job, we had the presidency. May he rest in peace. That's what the niggers don't realize. If I got one thing against the black chappies, it's this - no one gives it to you. You have to take it.

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bdls206
Jul 31, 2011

Frank Costello: When you decide to be something, you can be it. That's what they don't tell you in the church. When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I'm saying to you is this: when you're facing a loaded gun, what's the difference?

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iwasthewalrus
Oct 05, 2010

Frank Costello: (played by Jack Nicholson) When your facing a loaded gun... what the difference?

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bigcajunman
Jan 25, 2010

Frank Costello: You do well in school?
Young Colin: Yeah
Frank Costello: Good. So did I. They call that a paradox.

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bdls206
Jul 31, 2011

Two men from opposite sides of the law are undercover within the Massachusetts State Police and the Irish mafia, but violence and bloodshed boil when discoveries are made, and the moles are dispatched to find out their enemy's identities.

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