Carlito’s Way (1993)

carlitos-way“Favor gonna kill you faster than a bullet. ” – Carlito

Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 May 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A recently released convict tries to go straight, but the mobsters that he frequents with keep trying to pull him back in.

My Take on it – I can’t even explain why I’ve never gotten around to seeing this, but I finally decided to add this to my repertoire after seeing this listed on a top 10 list for the 90’s.  (Thanks Ted).

Unfortunately, I cant say I was as enthused about this movie as Ted was.  I felt that this movie re-tred over too many typical scenes from mobster movies (especially ones featuring lead actor Al Pacino and Director Brian DePalma).

The train station scene was too reminiscent of The Untouchables (1987) and numerous other scenes too closely resembled scenes from Scarface (1983) or The Godfather trilogy.

Sean Penn’s character of a Jewish lawyer was too annoying and being a gangster movie, you wanted him to die right from the start even though he definitely stood out in every scene he was in.

It’s too bad that DePalma didn’t try to use new themes to spice make this movie feel more unique than it really does.

Bottom Line – This was just an ok movie because it seemed that both Pacino and DePalma rehashed old themes and didn’t venture into new territory.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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4 thoughts on “Carlito’s Way (1993)

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  2. I LOVE this movie. For sure, I enjoyed it way more than you did but at least you give it some kudos. It’s my favorite Pacino film. I did a Top 5 list recently and this movie has always been my fave of his performances. After watching Pacino portray a Cuban, I was stoked to finally see him try his hand at doing a Puerto Rican, like myself. I wasn’t disappointed but the show really belongs to Sean Penn, who stole every scene he was in (as well as disappearing into the role) and De Palma’s work with Burum is always astounding to behold like that train sequence you mentioned.

    It doesn’t really get that much credit and it definitely isn’t considered his best by many but I am a huge fan of both De Palma / Pacino films. Nice work and thanks for linking Brian’s Top 10 list but I think his list is for films from the 70’s not the 90’s. Take care!


    • oops, I see my mistake (I follow too many blogs, sorry). I fixed it.

      I like lots of De Palma’s stuff too, but this one just didn’t do it for me. I’m a Huge fan of The Untouchables (1987) and Blow Out (1981)

      Thanks for commenting Vic!


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