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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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$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,298,313 (UK) (8 October 2006)

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

Jack Nicholson refused to wear a Boston Red Sox hat during filming, and instead wore his New York Yankees hat. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 15 mins) When Billy shoots the drug addict in the knee, he is using a Walther PPK. While the PPK is double action, the hammer should remain back after he shoots him. See more »

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Madolyn: [after a therapy session] I'm not someone you have to see or they put you in jail if you're in distress I will help you here's my card and a prescription of medication that'll help you
Billy Costigan: Is that enough to commit suicide?
Madolyn: Maybe it is have I done my job to your God damn standards? Because according my standards you fit the model of drug seeking behavior too damn bad if you don't like my initial clinical reaction
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The title doesn't appear on screen until nearly 20 minutes into the movie. See more »


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Sail On, Sailor
(1973)
Written by Tandyn Almer, Ray Kennedy (as Raymond Kennedy), Van Dyke Parks, Jack Rieley (as John Rieley) and Brian Wilson
Performed by The Beach Boys
Courtesy of Brother Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Better than Goodfellas?
4 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dare I? Dare I say it? This movie is better than Goodfellas. There, I said it.

I saw this latest Scorsese film at an advance screening. Needless to say I was expecting a lot – more than I thought this director (of classics like Taxi Driver but lately of Gangs of New York) would deliver. I was very wrong.

Though the exact plot is unimportant, The Departed is about the blurred lines that distinguish good guy from bad guy, and cop from robber, in present-day Boston. With a packed cast (which I need not mention) that includes great supporting roles by Martin Sheen and Alec Baldwin, the acting in the departed is stellar. Living-legend Jack Nicholson flawlessly delivers one of his best performances in years as the execrable mob boss Frank Costello. Nicholson's nuanced acting was so on-point that at times I felt like I was actually about to be shot by the slimy capo.

The Departed is nothing short of spectacular. Funnier that most comedies, Scorsese is still able to amplify the bloodshed and meticulously deliver a stunning cinematic achievement.

Bravo, Mr. Scorsese; you have outdone yourself.


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