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Carlito's Way (1993)

A Puerto Rican former convict, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of N.Y.C.

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Vinnie Taglialucci
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Tony Taglialucci
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Guajiro (as John Augstin Ortiz)
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Storyline

A Puerto Rican ex-con pledges to stay away from his former drug dealing ways but finds himself being dragged back by his past connections and the naive machinations of his lawyer and best friend. Hoping to raise enough money to get away from New York, Carlito Brigante takes on the job of running a nightclub, renews an affair with a dancer but old associates and old instincts suck him back into a world of violence and mistrust. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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In his world, you got to shoot your way out. He wanted out. He'd do anything to get there. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence, drug content, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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12 November 1993 (USA)  »

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Carlito's Way  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,116,675, 14 November 1993, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,948,322

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,848,322
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The hospital scenes were written 25 to 30 times because the actors had trouble with the sequence, with Al Pacino even thinking that Carlito would not go to the hospital. With one final re-write David Koepp managed to make the scene work to Pacino's satisfaction. See more »

Goofs

Carlito gets off a #1 or #9 Broadway/Seventh Ave local train at 42nd Street/Times Square. He runs to a doorway marked "Grand Central Station". After arriving at Times Square, he would have to take a 42nd street subway shuttle train to 42nd Street/Lexington Ave before he could run into Grand Central Station. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Carlito: Somebody's pulling me close to the ground... I can sense, but I can't see. I ain't panicked. I've been here before. Same as I got popped on 104th street. Don't take me to no hospital, please. Fuckin' emergency rooms don't save nobody. Sons of bitches pop you at midnight, when all they got is a Chinese intern, with a dull spoon. Oh look at these suckers. Scrambling around... What for? My Puerto Rican ass ain't supposed to have made it this far. Most of my crew got washed a long time...
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Referenced in Psych: True Grits (2012) See more »

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Lady Marmalade
Written by Kenny Nolan and Bob Crewe
Performed by Patti LaBelle (as LaBelle)
Courtesy of Epic Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Way underrated
24 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

Carlito's Way is an extrememely underated Al Pacino movie. This film is probubly the best crime story ive seen, next to Goodfellas(1990), Pacino gives another superb performance as well as the rest of the cast. The story in Carlito's Way is extremely compelling and can be very sad at times. Unlike Pacino's similar film Scarface(1983), Carlito's Way is not just a blood bath without much of a story. I dont know why this film fizzled at the box office and failed to recieve any academy award nominations because it sure deserved to. 9 out of 10.


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