The Departed

The Departed

Martin Scorsese (2006)

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Our Score
After a run of solid, adventurous but ultimately underwhelming efforts (Gangs of New York, The Aviator), director Martin Scorsese returned to more familiar form with a superior, Boston-set cops-and-gangsters story based on the Hong Kong crime drama Infernal Affairs, and won the long-awaited best director Oscar for his trouble. Rookie cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is assigned to go deep undercover to help catch local Mafia godfather Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). Meanwhile, Costello has groomed Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) since puberty to be his spy on the force. The complex script (fluently adapted by William Monahan) rotates around these two moles, who orbit each other like twin suns for most of the movie, but only meet in the third act. It all makes for extremely watchable entertainment. The leads are luminous (especially Nicholson, doing his best work in years here), but supporting players Mark Wahlberg, Alec Baldwin and Ray Winstone all steal scenes with glee.


A cop infiltrates the inner circle of a feared Boston mobster, unaware a fellow officer is already an informant on the gangster's payroll. When both the crooks and the police discover they have a mole in their ranks, the two detectives realise they are in sudden danger and try to expose each other. Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning thriller, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen and Alec Baldwin.

Cast & Crew

Billy Costigan Leonardo DiCaprio
Colin Sullivan Matt Damon
Frank Costello Jack Nicholson
Dignam Mark Wahlberg
Queenan Martin Sheen
Mr French Ray Winstone
Madolyn Vera Farmiga
Ellerby Alec Baldwin
Brown Anthony Anderson
Cousin Sean Kevin Corrigan
Barrigan James Badge Dale
Fitzy David O'Hara
Timothy Delahunt Mark Rolston
Director Martin Scorsese
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity, drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 6 Oct 2006