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An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

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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 their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is 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 themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover? Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, some strong sexual content and drug material | See all certifications »

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6 October 2006 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,298,313 (UK) (8 October 2006)

Gross:

$132,384,315 (USA) (22 March 2007)
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Trivia

Graham King: (at around 12 mins) The producer of the film appears in photographs as the deceased Jackie Costigan. See more »

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(at around 7 mins) At Sullivan's graduation ceremony right after they are dismissed, one of the other graduates congratulates Sullivan for being "assigned to plainclothes right out of the gig". After graduating a police academy, nobody goes straight to anything except the next stage of their training, which is road patrol with a field training officer assigned to ride with you for several months to further evaluate you, because when police cadets graduate the actual Academy, they are still in training until they complete their field training program and their probationary period. In the north east, between the police academy and the field training program, Sullivan wouldn't even have been on his own on patrol for almost a year. Normally, to get to plainclothes takes many years. See more »

Quotes

Ellerby: [during a conference briefing about Costello and his crew] We're not here to solve the case of the missing scumbag, we're here to nail Costello.
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The title doesn't appear on screen until nearly 20 minutes into the movie. See more »

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Thief's Theme
(2004)
Written by Salaam Remi, Doug Ingle (as Douglas Ingle) and Nas (as Nasir Jones)
Performed by Nas
Courtesy of Sony Urban Music / Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Contains a sample of "In A Gadda Da Vida" (1968)
Performed by Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band
Courtesy of Phoenix Audio
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Fantastic Bro
29 September 2006 | by (Los Angeles (West Coast HQ)) – See all my reviews

Excellent. A great, great movie. I saw it last night at a special screening and must say it was a tour de force. Even though Boston is not really a gritty town Scorsese was able to capture a darker side of the city. Coming from that area, I am always concerned when actors put on the local accent as it tends to be distracting rather than supportive. However, with local pros like Damon and Wahlberg they were able to really grab hold of it and not go overboard... most of the time. The true stand out performance has to go to DiCaprio. He has really come into his since hooking up with Scorsese, having scored a number of original performances all of which have expanded his range. He really snagged onto a deep and tragic character and created something that will hopefully be recognized come awards season. One of my favorite aspects was the friendly hostility the characters had for each other. It is a specific trademark that I have never noticed in any other city. In Boston, when you are really close with someone (or not really) it is, more or less, a requirement to bust their balls and shoot cruel insults back and forth in rhythmic banter. That detail was extensively realized in THE DEPARTED and I doubt anybody who was raised outside of the metro Boston area, or at least visited at some point, would find it nearly as hilarious as those who were. As for Scorsese's direction, I think he scored big with this one. While many have criticized that his movies have become more commercial I believe that he has just evolved. There were some classic Scorsese moments here, my favorite being a scene where DiCaprio is alone and packing his things in his apartment. Beautifully cut and stylistically directed. Is it his best effort? No. But it still is truly mesmerizing. He has created something truly special from a city that is highly underrated.


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