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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Performance from Pacino!!!
Al Pacino plays Carlito Bregante, an ex-con who is very famous for his previous crimes but is trying to lead a straight life. This is an excellent movie for anyone but a definite must see if you are an Al Pacino fan. Carlito slowly gets pulled back into the life he lead before because he is trying to help the people he cares about. I'm not gonna tell the whole story...
Published on April 19 2004 by music/moviefan03
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD freezes
I love this movie, but the dvd freezes throughout the movie and, i did not keep the receipt to send it back. that is ok i guess, maybe it is just my dvd player.
Published 3 months ago by Kim Bohun
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let's do it Carlito's Way,
This was a great mob movie. Pacino is always at his best and in this movie he does a great acting again. For me this movie was scarface with a twist.
5.0 out of 5 stars Carlito's Way.,
Seen them on video,would like to own them, but can't buy them as they will not play on Australia region 4 DVDs ( Toshiba players.Also Barbarosa,Good Thief,Blood Simple,Wild Bill,Extreme Prejudice,Iceman Cometh(both versions),Red Circle,The Killers,Any help would be appreciated to buy these on Net and play in Australia. Thanks Richard Boue
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best,
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This is a great movie, just as good as scarface. The story is superb, acting is great and characters are interesting. This movie will keep you hooked from start to finish. Al Pacino at his best, alongside Sean Penn, really great performances. Brian DePalma's last great movie, the only flaw is the DVD not enough extras but an all round great movie.
5.0 out of 5 stars Carlito's Way,
I was absolutely hooked from begining to end. Carlito's Way has always been one of the most under rated Mob flicks ever released. I actually thought this movie was far more engrossing that Scar Face.
5.0 out of 5 stars "A favor gonna kill you faster than a bullet...",
One of the best gangster movies ever made (in my opinion), Carlito's Way is finally given a Special Edition treatment on DVD. And while the transfer is great, the extras are kind of slim. A making-of featurette, a photo gallery and a theatrical trailer. Wow. This movie deserves better, but I guess I can't gripe too much about it. At least Universal had the generosity to re-release it in anamorphic widescreen.
Carlito's Way is kind of a semi-sequel to Scarface, but at the same time they're two completely different movies. Both films are directed by Brian De Palma, star Al Pacino and have to deal with drug dealing gangsters, but the stories are yin and yang. Scarface is about a volatile hoodlum who does whatever he can to get to the top, whereas Carlito's Way is about a man with morals (street morals, but morals nonetheless) who is doing whatever he can to get OUT of the "game." After being released from prison, Carlito Brigante hooks up with his old flame, Gale, who is the only bright light in his otherwise dark world and also the only one he completely trusts. While trying to save up enough money to get him and Gale out of his twisted surroundings, everyone from old cohorts, young punks and even his drug-addled attorney (Sean Penn in one of his best performances) have other plans for Carlito. In the opening credits, we see that Carlito's plans for a future in paradise are shattered as someone guns him down at a train station. De Palma could have easily avoided doing this, saving it for the end to create more suspense during an already fantastic chase sequence, but what I think he wanted to illustrate was that in the life of Carlito, there is absolutely no hope. As the tagline of the movie suggests, once you're in, there's no getting out. Period.
This movie makes a great companion piece to the aforementioned Scarface, but it's also a great stand alone movie. Check it out.
5.0 out of 5 stars Super De Palma!,
You can't beat the combo of Brian De Palma and Al Pacino. This film excels in every way and rivals Pacino's flawless performance in 'Scarface'. Solid acting from all, imaginative photography and well written story come together to make this a winner. Even Sean Penn (who has never been a favorite of mine) turns in a fine showing in this crime thriller. The train station climax is one of the most gripping scenes of its type that I've ever seen. No weaknesses in this gem that I could find. No Pacino collection is complete without "Carlito's Way".
3.0 out of 5 stars You think this is big time!?,
Al Pacino is Carlito Brigante, a small-time hood whose brush with gangster-greatness earned him a 15 year upstate stint. The film tells the story of his last chance to go straight, now that his coke-addicted ace of a lawyer (Sean Penn doing a deliciously evil Dirshowitz parody) has has sprung him out. Released after 5 years on a technicality, Carlito feels redeemed - rehabilitated, reassimilated and soon, gonna be relocated, he tells the judge who must now release him. Though out in a fraction of the time he faced, Carlito was scarred enough by his experiences that he must now go straight. He takes over a tony Spanish Harlem nightclub, setting himself on becoming an honest businessman. He even courts the girl he left behind - played by Penelope Ann Miller. Unfortunately, though his heart is in the right place, or because of that, Carlito is doomed to fail. Carlito is only one of many vile characters that Penn's character represents, but he feels honor bound to the lawyer for springing him. When one of Penn's more powerful clients - a mob boss waiting trial on Rikers - blackmails Penn into helping him escape, Carlito's debt drags him along. De Palma even throws in John Leguizamo as another small-time hood, meant to symbolize a younger Carlito perhaps, as a threat to Carlito's freedom and his life. As the forces surrounding and constricting Carlito's life intensify, he is struck between an unlikely chance at a lawful life, and a return to the old evil ways of "The Last of the Mo-Ricans". Just as the story looks to bring Carlito's decision to a head, Carlito finds himself the target of Penn's mob associates, and "Carlito's Way" degenerates into a high-powered cat-and-mouse-with-guns story that riffs on the famous stairway scene in "The Untouchables".
This is a lot of fun, though it's just one more flick that leans on Pacino's gift of gab instead of rewarding it. Penelope Ann Miller seems an odd choice for a love interest - she's the voice of his conscience, but when your own voice sounds like Al Pacino, anything else pales in comparison. Sean Penn's character is great, but in the end, his wicked ways degenerate into a typical drug-induced haze. John Leguizamo's character is so one-noted, that you wonder why he's even there at all (though you won't have to wonder long, and you can tell just when and where he'll reappear). Still, it's a ride, and whenever you need an excuse to catch some Pacino, "Carlito" provides a fun way.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pacino's best performance,
This movie centres around Carlito Brigante, an ex-con who wants out of the cycle of crime he's been in all of his life. Everyone around him laughs at his dream of being part of a car dealership in the Bahamas with his ex-con friend, but he's determined to earn enough money to buy into this business by saving the profits over time from the night club that he is running. However, he can't seem to get away from the criminals that he used to be involved in, and the new crop of junior criminals who view him as a legend. The worst of these criminals is his own lawyer, played by Sean Penn, who has no idea how things work in the street and yet keeps on pushing the envelope to get what he wants from the various hoodlums.
Pacino and Penn both play their roles brilliantly and the cinematography is equally deserving of praise and notice.
Go rent it! It's a classic.
1.0 out of 5 stars Luis Guzman is in this film!,
My only reason for seeing this film is because Luis Guzman is in it. I prefer the murder mysteries of Brian De Palma, but this movie is just a somewhat organized crime drama. Not a good film. Enjoyed seeing Penelope Ann Miller act again. DVD includes production notes, cast and filmmakers and theatrical trailer. Shown in squeezy widescreen.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just An Incredible Movie,
Al Pacino plays Carlito Brigante in this movie that is part action, part crime, part drama. He's a Puerto Rican New Yorker and an ex-drug dealer who was big on the street before he got sent to jail for 30 years. However, he gets out after only five years due to a technicality and the help of his lawyer, named Kleinfeld. Sean Penn plays Kleinfeld, sporting a curly balding wig which at first looks a little ridiculous, but it suits the character somehow.
In prison, Carlito had a chance to do some thinking, and now he decides he wants to go straight. A friend has offered him a share in a car rental business in the Bahamas if he can come up with his share of the investment. To earn the money for it, Carlito takes a job at a nightclub, where he's exposed to criminals who view him as a legend and who try to entice him to join with their group of hoodlums.
The movie is narrated by Carlito himself, who explains how he got to where he is, what's going on that we don't see, and we hear his regrets and hopes. Carlito's journey to go straight shows how difficult it is to escape your past and how deeply our past and our identity are intertwined. The acting is unbelievable in this movie, and the collection of actors turning out the best performances of their careers will astound you. The cinematography is equally astounding.
I highly recommend this film. If you rent it, it's likely that you'll buy it in the next couple of months, because as soon as you finish the movie, you'll know that you want to see it again.
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Carlito's Way [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) (DVD - 2010)
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