The Departed (2006)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 24 mins

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In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by his double life, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations he has penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there's a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy-and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save himself. The question remains, is either willing to turn on the friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover? How their respective futures unfold, will depend upon the choices they make and the loyalties they decide to fulfil or betray...
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Cast: Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon

Crew: Martin Scorsese (Director), Michael Ballhaus (Director of Photography), Howard Shore (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Release Dates: 06 Oct 2006 (India)

Tagline: Lies. Betrayal. Sacrifice. How far will you take it?

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Did you know? The scene where Frank Costello throws cocaine on hookers was one of many bizarre ideas contributed by Jack Nicholson, who also suggested wearing a strap-on for the scene with Matt Damon in the porn theater. Read More
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as Frank Costello
as Colin Sullivan
as Ellerby
as Police Cell Phone Tech
as Trooper Brown
as Detective #1 Tailing Queenan
as Detective #2 Tailing Queenan
as Exam Instructor
as Young Colin
as Realtor
as Trooper Barrigan
as Detective #4 Tailing Queenan
as Kneecapped Bankrobber
as Cousin Sean
as Gwen
as Translator
as Delahunt
as Dignam
as Queenan
as Mr. French
as Detective #3 Tailing Queenan
as Darlene the Secretary
as Madolyn


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Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Lies. Betrayal. Sacrifice. How far will you take it?
Cops or Criminals. When you're facing a loaded gun what's the difference?
Audio/Video Mismatch
When Billy is arresting Colin, he says "you didn't come here to talk, you came here to get arrested" but his mouth is not moving.

Audio/Video Mismatch
While Gwen is talking on the phone, the word "hell" is obviously dubbed over the initial word "fuck."

Audio/Video Mismatch
When Costigan storms out of Madolyn's office after she refuses to prescribe sedatives, a "sigh" sound is clearly dubbed over Madolyn saying "fuck". She then sighs, and the exact same sound is heard.

Audio/Video Mismatch
None of the pipers are playing the bagpipe music "Going home" when standing at and marching off from the funeral.

Character Error
UMass Boston is mentioned as being in South Boston. It's very close to South Boston, but it's actually in Columbia Point, Dorchester.

When Sullivan pulls up Costigan's record in the computer, his date of birth is initially listed as 11/7/1984. The next time he pulls up the record, the date is 11/7/1980.

When we see Frank Costello from the back as he address young Colin in the auto shop, he has a cigarette in his mouth. In the next shot of him from the front, his cigarette is gone.

When Queenan and Dignam confront Costello it's just the three of them standing there talking. But when Costello says "I've got a date with some angels." The camera goes back to Queenan and you see a fourth person standing there (the FBI guy) whom you've never seen before in the shot.
Mark Wahlberg based his performance on the police officers who'd arrested him about two dozen times in his youth, and the reactions of his parents who had to come bail him out with their grocery money.

The scene where Frank Costello throws cocaine on hookers was one of many bizarre ideas contributed by Jack Nicholson, who also suggested wearing a strap-on for the scene with Matt Damon in the porn theater.

Throughout the film, Martin Scorsese used Xs mostly shown in the background to mark characters for death; examples include shots of Costigan walking through the airport while talking to Sgt. Dignam, Queenan falling to his death (on the building's glass windows as Queenan falls to the ground), and Sullivan in his office discussing the flow of information with Costello (the X is created by the light shining through the window). This is a homage to Howard Hawks' classic film Scarface (1932).

This marks the third time that Martin Scorsese has used The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" in one of his films. It also appears in Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995).

Martin Scorsese put the finishing touches on this film a week before its theatrical release.

When receiving the top award from the Director's Guild of America for this film, Martin Scorsese said that this "is the first movie I have ever done with a plot."

Leonardo DiCaprio was cast in the title role in The Good Shepherd (2006), but he dropped out to play Billy Costigan in this movie. Matt Damon then took the role. Robert De Niro turned down the role of Queenan to appear in The Good Shepherd.

Ray Liotta was the original choice for the role of Dignam but had to reluctantly decline due to other commitments.

The first teaming of Jack Nicholson and Martin Scorsese.

Martin Scorsese said that he made this film to honor crime genre directors such as Robert Aldrich, Samuel Fuller and Don Siegel.

The real mob boss Frank Costello was a contemporary of Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky, in New York City.