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Carlito's Way [HD DVD]

Al Pacino , Sean Penn , Brian De Palma    Suitable for 18 years and over   HD DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Penelope Ann Miller, Luis Guzman, Viggo Mortensen
  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Producers: Martin Bregman, Willi Baer, Michael Scott Bregman
  • Format: HD DVD
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Dec 2007
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,473 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Al Pacino cuts a noble figure in this very enjoyable drama by director Brian De Palma (Scarface), based on a pair of books by Edwin Torres. Pacino plays a Puerto Rican ex-con trying hard to go straight, but his loyalty to his lowlife attorney (a virtually unrecognisable Sean Penn) and enemies on the street make that choice difficult. Penelope Ann Miller plays, somewhat unlikely, a stripper who has a romance with Pacino's character. The film finds De Palma tempering his more outlandish moves (think of Body Double or Snake Eyes) just as he did with the popular Untouchables and Mission: Impossible. But while Carlito's Way was not as commercially successful as those two movies, it is a genuinely compelling work graced with a fine performance by Pacino and a surprising one from Penn. --Tom Keogh

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Carlito (Al Pacino) is a Hispanic drugs boss just released from prison. Determined to go straight and move to the Bahamas with his girlfriend, Gail (Penelope Ann Miller), Carlito is tempted back to the wrong side of the law by his lawyer, nerdish coke-head David Kleinfeld (Sean Penn), for 'one last job'. Brian De Palma directs this visually eloquent film about a man's inevitable tragic demise with his familiar penchant for the big set piece and violent action.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Brian De Palma masterpiece... 3 Nov 2004
The very fact that Brian De Palma directed this film is a signal that this film is of a very high standard. Before Carlito's way he'd already directed Scarface, Carrie, The Untouchables, Casualties of War, and many many more, but this film with the possible exception of Scarface is, in my opinion, his best work.
The film depicts the life of a former Puerto Rican drug lord Carlito Berganzi (Al Pacino) from the moment his appeal is succesful and he is released from a 30 year prison sentence after serving only 5 years. Carlito pledges to keep his hands clean of any criminal activities...but Carlito sitting at home watching Trisha and drinking tea simply didn't cut it with the filming commission so instead he gets dragged down into the underworld yet again, mostly by his cocaine-addicted lawyer David Kleinfeld (Sean Penn), whilst the opposing force in Carlito's life, Gail (Penelope Ann Miller) tries desperately to pull him back to a normal, crime-free life.
The film is beautifully shot and there is no moment in the film, ever, when you think "oo I'll just pause it so I can go and make myself a coffee"...I have the attention span of a goldfish, and can rarely watch a 2hr 24mins movie without having a break in the middle for coffee, but this movie was non-stop and kept me completly engaged, 100%, from start to finish.
I don't need to tell you that Al Pacino does an awesome already knew that, but Sean Penn and Penelope Ann Miller compliment Pacino's incredble acting skills perfectly.
If you are a fan of gangster/mob films (Scarface, Casino, Goodfella's, The Godfather Trilogy, etc) then you absoultely must see this film, NO gangster film collection can ever be complete without this momentous film.
This film is fully deserving of each and every one of the five stars I've given it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This film is what i consider to be a masterpiece at every level. Brian De Palma has never hit the mark so precisely. The characters are fully fleshed out, the score remarkable and the lead mesmerising. The story is a modern shakespearean tragedy, a tale of love, regret, betrayal and hope, where Carlito tries to leave his past behind and make a new life with a former lover. Of course things do not go smoothly and as Carlito remarks 'the street is watching'. This is my favourite film of all time and truely a classic in every sense of the word. Buy it now, you will not be disappointed.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You ready?!! Here come da pain!!!"... 10 Aug 2002
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One of my all-time favorite movies, Al Pacino stars as Carlito Brigande, a Puerto Rican ex drug-lord trying to go straight after his release from prison 5 years into a 30 year stint. Sean Penn plays Carlito's lawyer, Kleinfeld; A brash, naive un-streetwise councellor, he is excellent in this role. Good support from Pennelope Ann Miller, as always, here playing the love interest. Great supporting roles and cameos from Luis Guzman as Pachanga, John Leguizamo as Benny Blanco from da Bronx! and hilarious stuff from Jorge Porcel as Saso (or RON! hehe) and Viggo Mortensen as Lalin. A Compelling story, brilliantly played, criminally underatted. Al Pacino at his best, a must-own movie.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars De Palma's best work 23 Sep 2007
Based on novels by Edwin Torres, this heartfelt gangster flick makes for a fine sequel to Scarface - or at the very least a very welcome revisiting for Al Pacino and director Brian de Palma.

David Koepp's script paints a picture of a mean New York, full of thuggish opportunists and snivelling cowards (Viggo Mortensen's slimy Lalin is a must-see for all Lord of the Rings fans wishing to see that actor's range). And at the centre of it all is Pacino's Puerto Rican Carlito: relocated, reinvigorated; reborn and going straight... or so he hopes.

There's something undeniably tragic about Carlito's plight. It provides a lovely narrative goal; while lawyer and best friend David Kleinfeld (Sean Penn) wilfully digs his way into a violent criminal world, Carlito wants out - and he wants to bring his stripper girlfriend Gail (a miscast Penelope Ann Miller) with him. Oliver Stone's wickedly cynical script for Scarface described a conceited monster; it's easier to warm to this redeemed version: still artful and egotistic, and yet blessed - or, as it happens, cursed - with a shrouded sense of morality.

The representation of the relationship between Carlito and Gail is mawkish, but it's worth remembering that this is a portrait of broad strokes. De Palma has never been a stranger to melodrama - in fact, he fairly relishes it. Here he draws a memorable performance from Sean Penn, while his framing and movement are as dynamic and assured as ever. The pace is pulsating; Pacino's anti-hero is effortlessly sharp and angry; Patrick Doyle's music is aptly melodramatic; and the final burst for freedom - an expertly-staged, fifteen minute foot chase sequence - is pure cinema.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 stars 5 July 2006
al pacino (probably the best actor of my lifetime along with deniro),spills over with class in this hard hitting masterpiece,the film starts with carlito being released from prison(basically locked up for running any illegal thing going.however he wants to start a fresh,wash the slate clean.but things and people have changed on the steet,and anything he does gets him deeper in criminal activity than ever,with none of it his own doing.his friends and people he trust drag him back to big criminal way of life,he finds himself back at the top of the police s*$t amazing film that is compelling it today...lookout for sean penn as carlito`s solicitor...great stuff
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Published 15 hours ago by Mrs.A.Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie, picture and quality blowing my mind
Excellent movie, picture and quality blowing my mind, story and Al Pacino play.. breathless
Published 3 days ago by Andrzej Krajewski
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Published 13 days ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
a great story of true friendship , all action v v good film
Published 1 month ago by wolfie
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD 12 0 CLOCK HIGH.
Published 2 months ago by patrick hegarty
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Being a massive fan of Al Pacino, I just had to add this one to my collection and it didn't disappoint.
Published 3 months ago by H. Pugh
5.0 out of 5 stars looks great on blu ray
great film from a great director, well cast with pacino and penn in the lead roles, great story, blu ray quality is one of the best i have seen, well worth revisiting if you havent... Read more
Published 5 months ago by bertie.71
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
great film, great picture, great film, watched it loads, great amazing actors, fantastic, buy with your pennies and watch this film.
Published 10 months ago by Michael .p
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like ganster mafia type movie sthen you will enjoy this
It was good to see this film again. Al Pacino is always a good 'watch' and carries off this role well. Read more
Published 11 months ago by C. Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
Carlito's Way is a film.
In DVD format it comes in a box with a picture on it.
Went down well with popcorn and a coke
Published 12 months ago by Duck Smuggler
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