Carlito's Way

Carlito's Way

Blu-ray Disc - 2010
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When Carlito Brigante's attorney secures his release from prison, Brigante stuns the New York underworld by vowing to go straight. However, his plans are undermined by his old loyalties and code of honor. Persevering in his resolve means that Brigante will need to deal with the underworld that does not want to let him go.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios, 2010, c1993.
Edition: Widescreen.
Branch Call Number: DVD-AD DRAMA CARL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (144 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Nursebob
Sep 23, 2015

Set in New York’s disco era Brian De Palma’s gritty story of one remorseful soul’s quest for redemption, based on the books by Edwin Torres, is an antithesis of sorts to 1983’s "Scarface". Unlike Tony Montana’s headlong rush towards damnation, Carlito is struggling upstream all the way; a one-time criminal kingpin trying to put his past to rest. A brilliant supporting cast, including an unrecognizable Sean Penn as his coke-snorting lawyer, keep Pacino’s character slightly off balance as he struggles to redefine “right” from “wrong” while whirling cinematography and a score of old dance hits propel the action forward. Of course it wouldn’t be a De Palma film without a touch of the surreal and clever allusions to Heaven vs Hell are used throughout—the word “Paradise” pops up in various guises and a climactic encounter involves people going up (or down) escalators. Not your usual gangster film.

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