Carlito's Way

Carlito's Way

Brian De Palma (1993)

18 Certificate
Sun 27 Aug 12:50am - 3:15am Sky Cinema Crime & Thriller


Our Score
Ten years after Scarface, Al Pacino and director Brian De Palma reunited here for another crime-doesn't-pay drama. Pacino plays Puerto Rican hoodlum Carlito Brigante, who leaves jail with the aim of going straight. However, his lawyer Sean Penn has other ideas as he fancies himself a gangster, so it's not long before Pacino is meeting up with old acquaintances and heading back into trouble. Bolstered by regular scriptwriter David Koepp's smart and funny script, De Palma's visual flair comes into its own in the seedy clubs and backstreet dives of New York. The set pieces - a pool-room fight, a 15-minute subway chase and shenanigans on a train-station escalator - are among the most thrilling De Palma has ever filmed, while Pacino's restrained performance as the leather-clad, gently lisping Carlito allows plenty of scope for the supporting cast to chew the scenery.


A former gangster is released from jail and vows to go straight, hoping to earn enough money to escape his New York roots - but his misguided loyalty to a crooked lawyer threatens to drag him back into a life of crime. Brian De Palma's thriller, starring Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Penelope Ann Miller, John Leguizamo and Viggo Mortensen.

Cast & Crew

Carlito Brigante Al Pacino
Dave Kleinfeld Sean Penn
Gail Penelope Ann Miller
Benny Blanco John Leguizamo
Pachanga Luis Guzman
Lalin Viggo Mortensen
Steffie Ingrid Rogers
Norwalk James Rebhorn
Vinnie Taglialucci Joseph Siravo
Frankie Taglialucci Adrian Pasdar
Director Brian De Palma
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Contains violence, swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes and nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray