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From the director of Scarface comes the critically acclaimed crime thriller Carlito’s Way. Oscar® winner Al Pacino gives an electrifying performance as former drug kingpin Carlito Brigante, who is sprung from prison by his high-powered attorney (Academy Award® winner Sean Penn). He stuns the New York underworld by vowing to go straight from a history of violence, but his plans are undermined by misguided loyalties and an outmoded code of honor. In a life-or-death battle, Carlito takes on the relentless forces that refuse to let him go. Co-starring John Leguizamo and Luis Guzmán, Carlito’s Way is a powerful, action-packed ride all the way to its explosive conclusion.
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It does not glorify a life that we enjoy watching, but truly understand is not glorious... But it is played and portrayed as it must necessarily be; intense, passionate, violent and seldom rewarded with a quiet retirement.
Here, the great one reveals again the tough and dangerous persona that originally caught the eye of Coppola for the Godfather, and takes it solo without familial help.
His co-star and supporting actors fit the bill nicely, but it is Pacino who carries the story and mesmerizes us as a great actor who can only be characterized here, as a veteran of the streets.
Brian de Palma does a terrific job of capturing the emotional weight of movie and giving us plenty of well defined characters. In my opinion, this is one of his best works and is a seriously underrated film. No, it's not Scarface, but that is a good thing.
Every actor is superb. Al Pacino leads the way with a truly convincing performance as a man doomed to repeat a life of violence amongst the people he expects to be most understanding of his desire to go straight. Because he stills lives by a code of the street which is to help your friends he is drawn deeper and deeper back in. You can feel his pain . You are rooting for him to succeed .But that stupid code of his just wont let him detach himself from repeating the same life. He feels trapped but he finally has a plan that will finally set him free and allow him to start over again. Of course he is betrayed and ...... (no spoilers here).
The film SCARFACE maybe more violent but it is less cerebral. This is a very intelligently put together screenplay of a man doomed to repeat the same errors no matter how motivated he is to move on.
In DOG DAY AFTERNOON he was a good man (confused) forced to do bad. In Carlitos way he is a bad man trying to do good or at least stop being bad. In each case he just can't dig out. His performance is less frenetic here but not less hopeless.HEis doomed by his own values. AL P.screen presence is commanding as he has been in almost all of his career roles. I believe , arguably, this is his most conviencing role. Here is is a murderer and drug dealer and yet he makes you feel and root for him. That is an amazing talent for you to sympathize with a loser. An evil person. He is not asking for forgiveness but just to be left alone. And you hope he pulls it off.
In addition Sean Penns performance is outstanding as a criminal attorney doing what he is hired to do. Get his client off. Except he is a creep. He is not to be trusted. You hate him for what he is doing to his friends. But Carlito feels a strong obligation to the man who found a way to get him out of prison. Theres that code of the street again .He once again crosses over the line of doom
And finally his old girlfriend who he never stopped loving and wanting. Does she offer redemption or is she part of the quick sand.
The two of them have an amazing attraction that seems to go beyond what you see on the screen. Great chemistry .Great acting ?Just a hunch. ... This is a tremdous film to watch. I come back to a viewing a couple of times a year when I want to remind myself of great performances. Whether you are a fan of Al P. or you just like great performances this is a film not to be missed.
I knew I was going to love this movie after the first half hour. This movie really drew me in not only with Pacino's character, but with the story as well. It's a dramatic tale about moving away from the past and starting a new life; blood, mayhem, drugs, guns, and corruption aplenty. I do love both Scarface & Carlito's Way (both are very awesome films), but I am slightly for the latter.
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