The Departed


The Departed

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Featuring outstanding work from an excellent cast, The Departed is a thoroughly engrossing gangster drama with the gritty authenticity and soupy morality we come to expect from Martin Scorsese.



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Legendary director Martin Scorsese takes the helm for this tale of questionable loyalties and blurring identities set in the South Boston organized crime scene and inspired by the wildly popular 2002 Hong Kong crime film Infernal Affairs. As the police force attempts to reign in the increasingly powerful Irish mafia, authorities are faced with the prospect of sending in an undercover agent or seeing their already frail grip on the criminal underworld slip even further. Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a young cop looking to make a name for himself in the world of law enforcement. Collin Sullivan (Matt Damon) is a street-smart criminal who has successfully infiltrated the police department with the sole intention of reporting their every move to ruthless syndicate head Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). When Costigan is assigned the task of working his way into Costello's tightly guarded inner circle, Sullivan is faced with the responsibility of rooting out the informer before things get out of hand. With the stakes constantly rising and time quickly running out for the undercover cop and his criminal counterpart, each man must work feverishly to reveal his counterpart before his identity is exposed by the other. Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, and Ray Winstone co-star, and writer William Monahan adapts a screenplay originally penned by Alan Mak and Felix Chong. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Leonardo DiCaprio
as Billy Costigan
Matt Damon
as Colin Sullivan
Jack Nicholson
as Frank Costello
Martin Sheen
as Queenan
Ray Winstone
as Mr. French
Vera Farmiga
as Madolyn
Alec Baldwin
as Ellerby
Kevin Corrigan
as Cousin Sean
Mark Rolston
as Timothy Delahunt
Robert Wahlberg
as FBI Agent Frank Lazio
Mary Klug
as Billy's Aunt
Saurman Holzemer Peg
as Mrs. Kennefick
Gurdeep Singh
as Pakistani Proprietor
Armen Garo
as Providence Gangster No. 1
John Cenatiempo
as Providence Gangster No. 2
Joseph Riccobene
as Kneecapped Bankrobber
Billy Smith
as Detective No.1 Tailing Queenan
Lyman Chen
as Translator
Kevin P. McCarthy
as Detective No. 1-Colin's Unit
Chris Fischer
as Detective No. 2-Colin's Unit
Brian Smyj
as Man Glassed in Bar
William Severs
as Older Priest
Larry Mitchell
as Younger Priest
Anthony Estrella
as Police Camera Tech
Andrew Breving
as Police Cell Phone Tech
Tracey Paleo
as Darlene the Secretary
Douglas Crosby
as Man Killed by French
Conor Donovan
as Young Colin
Sallie Toussaint
as Woman at Opera
Patrick Coppola
as Bookie Harassed by French
Mick O'Rourke
as Jimmy Bags
Deborah Carlson
as Sister Mary Theresa
Nellie Sciutto
as Queenan's Secretary
Peter Welch II
as Other Prisoner
Henry Yuk
as Chinese Government Man
Joseph Reidy
as Priest with Young Colin
Tom Kemp
as Billy Costigan Sr.
Zachary Pauliks
as Young Billy
Paula Demers
as Billy's Mother
Paris Karounos
as Jimmy Pappas
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  • Sep 13, 2017
    A brilliantly well told gangsta movie that has an amazing story that plays out so well and easy to understand which I was worried an overstuffed plot would ruin it, All the cast were terrific but with such a huge cast it was always going to be great, It's brutal, Clever and has a great ending, There's not much action but it's not about that, If you're into Martin Scorsese films then you will love this.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2016
    This one is top notch and well deserving the of the 4 Oscars it took home. Story is an undercover state cop who's infiltrated the Irish mob in Boston and a mole in the police working for the same mob race to track down and identify each other before being exposed to the enemy. Keeps you on edge to see who will come out on top the entire film right until the end. DiCaprio, Damon, Nicholson, and Wahlberg all give immaculate performances. Right up there with Casino and Goodfellas as one of Scorsese's best.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2016
    With a legend like Martin Scorsese at the helm of this movie, how can this remake of the Chinese film "Infernal Affairs" not be something memorable. He truly creates something memorable with this and has actually created one of the rare reboots that are actually better than the original one. The performances in this movie are also amazing. Leonardo DiCaprio truly shines in this movie where he actually have a scene opposit one of the greatest actors ever Jack Nicholson. Marky Mark is also incredibly good in this movie. And then of course Matt Damon, but he's always good. This is truly one of the greatest movies that have ever been made by an American filmmaker.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2016
    Thanks to a well-written script performed by a packed cast of A-listers, The Departed is by far one of the most enticing crime dramas ever made. The characters are so efficiently fleshed out, too. Add in great music, editing, and a masterful job directing, and Scorcese's 2006 film earns a rare 5/5 rating from this humble amateur.
    Ben B Super Reviewer

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