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Carlito's Way

Theatrical poster
Directed by Brian de Palma
Produced by Martin Bregman
Michael Scott Bregman
Willi Bär
Written by Edwin Torres (novel)
David Koepp (screenplay)
Starring Al Pacino
Sean Penn
Penelope Ann Miller
Luis Guzmán
John Leguizamo
Music by Patrick Doyle
Cinematography Stephen H. Burum
Editing by Kristina Boden
Bill Pankow
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) November 10, 1993
Running time 144 minutes
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Gross revenue $36,948,322 (USA)
Followed by Carlito's Way: Rise to Power
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Carlito's Way is a 1993 gangster film based on the novels Carlito's Way and After Hours by Judge Edwin Torres. The film adaptation was scripted by David Koepp and directed by Brian De Palma. It stars Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Penelope Ann Miller, John Leguizamo, Jorge Porcel and Viggo Mortensen. The movie's title song, "You Are So Beautiful", was performed by Joe Cocker. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (580x864, 149 KB) Summary Poster Licensing Template:Movieposter File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Brian De Palma (born Brian Russell DePalma on September 11, 1940 in Newark, New Jersey) is a controversial American film director, best known for directing the Al Pacino classic Scarface, and the Academy Award-winning The Untouchables. ... Judge Edwin Torres (born 1931 in New York City) is a Supreme Court Judge, lawyer, and author. ... David Koepp (born June 9, 1963 in Pewaukee, Wisconsin) is an American screenwriter and director. ... Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an Academy, Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA, Emmy, and SAG award winning American actor who is best known for playing the roles of Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface and Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy . ... Sean Penn (born August 17, 1960) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor and director, known for playing intense, often humorless and unsympathetic characters. ... Penelope Ann Miller (January 13, 1964) is an American actress. ... Luis Guzmán (born August 28, 1956[1]) is a Puerto Rican actor. ... John Leguizamo (born July 22, 1964) is an Emmy-winning and Golden Globe Award-nominated American comedian, actor and producer. ... Patrick Doyle (born April 6, 1953, Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, Scotland) is an Academy Award nominated Scottish musician and film score composer. ... Stephen H. Burum is an American cinematographer, and was born on 25 November 1939 in Visalia, California. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... is the 314th day of the year (315th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Gangster (disambiguation). ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Judge Edwin Torres (born 1931 in New York City) is a Supreme Court Judge, lawyer, and author. ... David Koepp (born June 9, 1963 in Pewaukee, Wisconsin) is an American screenwriter and director. ... Brian De Palma (born Brian Russell DePalma on September 11, 1940 in Newark, New Jersey) is a controversial American film director, best known for directing the Al Pacino classic Scarface, and the Academy Award-winning The Untouchables. ... Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an Academy, Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA, Emmy, and SAG award winning American actor who is best known for playing the roles of Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface and Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy . ... Sean Penn (born August 17, 1960) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor and director, known for playing intense, often humorless and unsympathetic characters. ... Penelope Ann Miller (January 13, 1964) is an American actress. ... John Leguizamo (born July 22, 1964) is an Emmy-winning and Golden Globe Award-nominated American comedian, actor and producer. ... Jorge Raúl Porcel De Peralta (born September 7, 1936) is a comedy actor from Argentina. ... Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr. ... You Are So Beautiful is a song written by Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher and first recorded by Preston and made popular in a version by Joe Cocker. ... Joe Cocker OBE (born 20 May 1944) is an English rock/blues singer who came to popularity in the 1960s, and is most known for his gritty voice and his cover versions of popular songs. ...


The two novels on which the film are based follow the exploits of Carlito Brigante, a fictional Puerto Rican drug dealer and hustler, who goes to prison and struggles to go straight after his release. The 1993 film is based on After Hours (it used the title of the first novel to avoid being confused with Martin Scorsese's 1985 film After Hours) and focuses on Carlito's endeavours once he is released from prison with the help of his lawyer. Carlito Brigante is a character out of the Carlitos Way and After Hours novels by Edwin Torres. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese (IPA: AmE: ; Ita: []) (born November 17, 1942) is an American film director, writer and producer and founder of the World Cinema Foundation. ... This article is about the year. ... After Hours is an American film released in 1985, directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Joseph Minion. ...

Contents

Commencement

1975. The film begins as an apparently wounded Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino) is being wheeled away on an ambulance gurney. As a wheel becomes stuck in a crack in the pavement, the flashback of events begins. The story begins in a courthouse, where Carlito's lawyer Dave Kleinfeld (Sean Penn) has just succeeded in getting Carlito released from Greenhaven and Sing-Sing prisons after serving more than five years after prosecution was found having used illegal means to gather evidence. Carlito Brigante is a character out of the Carlitos Way and After Hours novels by Edwin Torres. ... Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an Academy, Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA, Emmy, and SAG award winning American actor who is best known for playing the roles of Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface and Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy . ... An ambulance in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico A Helicopter used as an Ambulance. ... In most counties in the United States the local trial courts conduct their business in a centrally located courthouse which may also house the offices of the county treasurer, clerk and recorder and assessor. ... Sean Penn (born August 17, 1960) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor and director, known for playing intense, often humorless and unsympathetic characters. ... This article is about the maximum security prison. ... Criminal law (also known as penal law) is the body of law that regulates governmental sanctions (such as imprisonment and/or fines) as retaliation for crimes against the social order. ...


An exuberant Carlito celebrates in the courthouse, a celebration which continues through the rest of the day and night as Carlito and Kleinfeld dance and drink the night away. At the very end of the night, however, Carlito makes a surprising announcement to Kleinfeld: he intends to go straight. Knowing that Carlito has been a gangster and drug dealer since he was a kid, Kleinfeld is highly doubtful about this, but Carlito insists on it and explains his plan: to buy into a car dealership in the Bahamas, renting Ford Pintos to rich tourists. Kleinfeld points out that Carlito doesn't have any money, resources, or contacts, or even a knowledge of how the car business works, Carlito replies that he'll work on that. For other uses, see Gangster (disambiguation). ... These lollipops, above, were found to contain heroin when inspected by the US Drug Enforcement Administration In jurisdictions where legislation restricts or prohibits the sale of certain popular drugs, it is common for an illegal drugs trade to develop. ...


The next day Carlito visits his old neighborhood and is disturbed by how much has changed during his years in jail and how few people he knows. He runs into Pachanga (Luis Guzmán), a friend and fellow gangster, who runs down a laundry list of their friends who have either died or been sent to prison. Luis Guzmán (born August 28, 1956[1]) is a Puerto Rican actor. ... Italian street, with laundry hung to dry Laundry can be: items of clothing and other textiles that require washing the act of washing clothing and textiles the room of a house in which this is done // Man and woman washing linen in a brook, from William Henry Pynes Microcosm...

Carlito and Pachanga in El Barrio

This confirms Carlito's determination to stay away from the underworld, but everyone he tells about the matter from friends to former bosses prove to be as skeptical as Kleinfeld. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 450 pixelsFull resolution (853 × 480 pixel, file size: 28 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is a screenshot from a copyrighted film, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by the studio which produced the film, and... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 450 pixelsFull resolution (853 × 480 pixel, file size: 28 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is a screenshot from a copyrighted film, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by the studio which produced the film, and... 125th Street between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue Spanish Harlem, also known as El Barrio, is a neighborhood in the East Harlem area of New York City, in the north-eastern part of the borough of Manhattan. ... For other uses, see Underworld (disambiguation). ...


Circumstances quickly conspire against Carlito, however. A young cousin of his has gotten involved in the drug trade as a messenger and runner and is on his way to a big deal when Carlito meets him. The cousin, who seems to regard his criminal profession as a game, insists on Carlito coming along as his backup during a drug deal just to see the reaction to his semi-legendary cousin. Unfortunately, the gang being dealt with have already killed the cousin's boss, and betray and kill Carlito's cousin as well. Carlito ends up having to shoot his way out of the drug dealer's den and in the course of fleeing from the scene he takes the money from the deal. He uses the money to buy into a nightclub owned by a gambling addict named Saso (Jorge Porcel), who needs investors to avoid being killed due to his gambling debts. Jorge Raúl Porcel De Peralta (born September 7, 1936) is a comedy actor from Argentina. ...

Pacino as Carlito

Carlito's influence is immediate and positive. Acting as a nightclub promoter, he begins to turn the club into a moneymaker and saves every penny possible. Among other changes that Carlito makes: he brings in his friend Pachanga to be his right hand man/enforcer, and encounters Benny Blanco (John Leguizamo), a young gangster from the Bronx that several people, including Saso, say is like the young Carlito. This angers Carlito who brands Benny a 'punk'. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... An Entertainment Promoter is a person or company in the business of marketing and promoting concerts, festivals, raves, nightclubs or other live events. ... John Leguizamo (born July 22, 1964) is an Emmy-winning and Golden Globe Award-nominated American comedian, actor and producer. ... For other uses, see Bronx (disambiguation). ...


Still, Carlito's life is far from trouble free. He decides to look up Gail (Penelope Ann Miller), a former lover and Broadway dancer. The two meet again, but with some awkwardness and some sliver of their previous romance. Lalin (Viggo Mortensen), a former friend, is sent into the club wearing a wire and attempts to get evidence to put Carlito back behind bars. Although this is dealt with quickly, it shows that the District Attorney hasn't forgotten about Carlito, and someone close to him has attempted to set him up. Furthermore, a comment made by Lalin leads Carlito to investigate what Gail has told him a little more closely, and he finds her dancing not in a play but rather on stage in a strip show. Their relationship eases somewhat after that, as Carlito proves tolerant of it and some of the anxiety Gail had is lifted. Penelope Ann Miller (January 13, 1964) is an American actress. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr. ... A district attorney is, in some U.S. jurisdictions, the title of the local public official who represents the government in the prosecution of criminals. ...


Not everyone's life is going so well. Kleinfeld is doing cocaine and drinking extensively Also, a mob boss client of Kleinfeld, Tony Taglialucci, believes that Kleinfeld stole a million dollars from him that was supposed to be used for a payoff in order to avoid prison time. Now stuck on Rikers Island and with his health fading, Tony T blames Kleinfeld and gives him an ultimatum; help him break out of prison, or have a mob hit put on him. Between the stress and the drugs, Kleifeld's behavior changes and becomes dangerous. Benny grows angry with Carlito's rejection of champagne, and the events escalate when Kleinfeld has sex with Blanco's waitress, Steffie, in which Carlito refuses to let her go against her will, and Carlito is forced to take action when Kleinfeld, under the influence of cocaine, pulls a gun on Benny, causing chaos. Blanco's men draw weapons, but are subdued and thrown out by the bouncers, while Carlito Pachanga take care of Benny. While being thrown out Blanco curses Carlito, telling him to kill him on the spot, or the next time he sees him, he (Benny), is going to kill him , which results in Carlito knocking him down the stairs, and Pachanga and one of the bouncers from the club giving Blanco a severe beating, however on Carlito's orders they don't kill him, as Carlito rejects the extreme violence of his youth, also realizing he made a mistake pushing Blanco down the flight of stairs and he should have killed him. Carlito recognizes the potential danger of his choice, thinking that "the street is always watching", and that it leaps on people who show weakness, but even so he still decides to spare Blanco. View of Rikers Island Rikers Island is the name of New York Citys largest jail facility, as well as the name of the 413. ... A bouncer at the door of a strip club in San Francisco, USA. A bouncer or doorman is an informal term for security guards employed at venues such as bars, nightclubs or concerts to provide security, check legal age, and refuse entry to a venue based on criteria such as...


Afterwards Kleinfeld approaches Carlito and begs for his help with the escape attempt for Tony T. He has a plan: Kleinfeld has a boat that he'll sail into the river to pick up Tony, and Carlito and one of Tony's sons will be along to assist him. However, once there the increasingly erratic Kleinfeld instead opts to kill both Tony and his son. Carlito, realizing the severity of the transgression, exclaims, "You killed us, Dave! You killed us." The bodies are left in the river, and Kleinfeld naively assumes that if the mob can't prove anything they won't come after him or Carlito. Carlito knows that's not the case, and begins to wonder how he'll survive this. Eventually he decides that the only thing to do is to grab the money, Gail, and leave town a little earlier than expected. Carlito also hears a disturbing rumor: that his friend Pachanga is spying on him for Benny Blanco. Pachanga is said to be angry at being broke and doing legit work with nothing to show for it. Carlito brushes it off, however, deciding to trust him. For other uses, see Boat (disambiguation). ...

Carlito's Thoughts

In the middle of explaining things to Gail, the DA's office calls Carlito in to talk. There the prosecutor plays a tape of Kleinfeld offering to testify against Carlito in return for investigations against Kleinfeld being dropped. This is the apparent source of the failed sting earlier involving Lalin. The prosecutor offers Carlito a deal, explaining that they know that Carlito has gone legit and that Kleinfeld is now a far more important target for them. Also, the Feds know that Kleinfeld and Carlito were involved in the incident with Tony T, and in fact there's already been an attack on Kleinfeld, which has put the lawyer in the hospital. Despite that Carlito refuses to testify against Kleinfeld and goes to the hospital to learn the truth. Image File history File links Scarfac20qi. ... Image File history File links Scarfac20qi. ...


Kleinfeld, in a bitter rant, admits to selling out Carlito. While pretending to help Kleinfeld with his gun, Carlito deftly unloads it without Kleinfeld noticing and leaves him there. On the way out he notices a suspicious man dressed as a police officer, and sure enough it turns out to be Tony T's other son, Vincent " Vinnie" Taglialucci, come to exact revenge and finish the job on Kleinfeld. With his gun unloaded, Kleinfeld has no chance, and is fatally shot in the head by Vinnie. Police officers in South Australia A police officer (or policeman/policewoman) is a warranted worker of a police force. ...

Vincent Taglialucci (left), Pete Amadesso (next to him), Sonny Manzanero and Joe Battaglia (right)

Carlito returns to the club intent on getting the money and getting out; once there, however, he is greeted by a group of Italian gangsters he has done business with in the past. He knows they're there to stall him and find out for sure if he was on the boat with Kleinfeld, but he is unable to get away. Vinnie arrives and makes a comment about Kleinfeld. When Carlito responds by saying he hasn't seen Kleinfeld lately, the Italians know that he's involved. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 450 pixelsFull resolution (853 × 480 pixel, file size: 27 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is a screenshot from a copyrighted film, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by the studio which produced the film, and... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 450 pixelsFull resolution (853 × 480 pixel, file size: 27 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is a screenshot from a copyrighted film, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by the studio which produced the film, and...


However, before they have a chance to do anything, Carlito does manage to make an excuse and escapes the club through a back way. A wild chase ensues where the Italians pursue him throughout the city subway system and into Grand Central Station, where the train Carlito and Gail will be taking out of town is waiting. Carlito nearly manages to give them the slip, but is spotted and is drawn into a wild gunfight where he manages to kill all of his pursuers except for Vinnie himself, who is badly wounded but staggers after Carlito as he runs towards his train. Vinnie is shot by the police, but while Carlito is distracted he is ambushed by someone he didn't expect: The clock in the Main Concourse © 2004 Metropolitan Transportation Authority Grand Central Terminal (often still called Grand Central Station, although technically that is the name of the nearby post office) is a train station at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, New York, a borough of New York City, located... For other uses, see Train (disambiguation). ...

Benny Blanco

Benny Blanco. As mentioned earlier in the movie to Carlito and which he foolishly ignored, Pachanga was indeed working with Benny Blanco and set Carlito up by telling Benny where Carlito would end up. Benny Blanco shoots him three times in the abdomen with a silenced gun hidden in his arm sling:"Hey Carlito, You remember me, Benny Blanco from the Bronx." Pachanga admits to a dying Carlito that he did double-cross him in an attempt to look out for himself. As Pachanga tries to leave with Benny, Benny fires a round into his side and runs away leaving him to die as well. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 450 pixelsFull resolution (853 × 480 pixel, file size: 19 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is a screenshot from a copyrighted film, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by the studio which produced the film, and... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 450 pixelsFull resolution (853 × 480 pixel, file size: 19 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is a screenshot from a copyrighted film, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by the studio which produced the film, and...


This starts Carlito's reflection on his life that the movie starts out with, before dying on a stretcher as Gail tearfully watches. He hands Gail the money that he saved for their new life together and tells her to escape with their unborn child, and live a new life elsewhere.


The film ends with Carlito being wheeled away on a stretcher inside the train station as he stares at a billboard with a Caribbean beach and a dancing woman frozen in shot. He narrates about his wishes for Gail to get out and his own death. The billboard comes to life and the woman who is Gail starts dancing as he drifts off to death.


Production

For Pacino and De Palma fans, it was a reunion made in heaven. Ten years after Scarface, Al Pacino and director Brian De Palma set about producing a motion picture. On the streets of New York, they created a classic gangster tale, a Seventies style essay and a tragic love story all rolled into one... Scarface can refer to: people Al Capone, an American gangster whose nickname was Scarface. Scarface (rapper), a rapper who is a member of the Geto Boys. ...


Origins

Pacino first heard about Carlito Brigante in a YMCA gym in New York back in 1973. Pacino was working out for his movie Serpico when he met Supreme Court Judge Edwin Torres, the author who was writing the novels Carlito's Way and After Hours. When the novels were completed Al read them and liked them very much, especially the character of Carlito.[1]. For other uses, see Serpico (disambiguation). ...


Inspiration for his novels came from Edwin Torres' background, things that were most familiar to him: the East Harlem barrio where he was born and raised in an atmosphere of racial gangs, drugs and poverty.[2].


In 1989 Pacino faced a $6 million lawsuit from producer Elliott Kastner. Kastner claimed Pacino had gone back on an agreement to star in his version of a Carlito's movie with Marlon Brando as criminal lawyer David Kleinfeld. The suit was dropped and the production abandoned.[3]. Elliott Kastner (born 7 January 1930) is a Jewish American film director, most famously of the war film Where Eagles Dare. ... Marlon Brando, Jr. ...


Pre-Production

Martin Bregman is a veteran producer who has produced films such as Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Scarface and Sea of Love. For Carlito's Way, first thing on the list was to get a script written that would envisage Carlito Brigante's world and provide a suitable showcase for Pacino's talents. David Koepp, who has screenwriting credits on Jurassic Park and Death Becomes Her, had just finished writing the script for Bregman's forthcoming The Shadow when producer Michael S. Bregman suggested him for Carlito's Way. The decision came that they would write a screenplay based on the second novel After Hours. Carlito at this stage would match closer with Pacino's age. Although based on the After Hours novel, the title Carlito's Way remained, mainly because of the existence of Martin Scorsese's movie After Hours. Bregman would work closely with Koepp for two years to develop the shooting script for Carlito's Way.[4]. For other uses, see Serpico (disambiguation). ... Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 film directed by Sidney Lumet and written by Frank Pierson. ... Scarface can refer to: people Al Capone, an American gangster whose nickname was Scarface. Scarface (rapper), a rapper who is a member of the Geto Boys. ... Sea of Love is a 1989 drama about New York City detective Frank Keller trying to catch a serial killer who finds victims through the lonely hearts column in newspapers. ... Jurassic Park is a techno-thriller novel written by Michael Crichton that was published in 1990. ... Death Becomes Her is a 1992 black comedy fantasy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Goldie Hawn, Meryl Streep and Bruce Willis. ... The Shadow is a fictional character created by Walter B. Gibson in 1931 with the first story title The Living Shadow. The character is one of the most famous of the pulp heroes of the 1930s and 1940s -- made even more famous through a popular radio series originally played by... After Hours, a movie directed by Martin Scorsese After Hours, an album by Gary Moore After Hours, a business owned by May Department Stores The After Hours, an episode of The Twilight Zone later remade for the 1980s revival of the series This is a disambiguation page — a navigational...


At one point, The Long Good Friday director, John Mackenzie, was linked with the film. When Carlito's Way, and its sequel After Hours were optioned, Martin Bregman had Abel Ferrara in mind for the job. When Bregman and Ferrara parted ways, De Palma was brought in, who Bregman had worked with on Scarface. Bregman explained that this decision was not about "getting the old team back together", rather than making use of the best talent available.[5]. The Long Good Friday (1980) is a British gangster film starring Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren. ... John Mackenzie (born 1932) is a British film director. ... Born July 15, 1951 in The Bronx, Ferrara started his career in his teens, making amateur films on Super 8. ...


De Palma, reluctantly, read the script and as soon as Spanish-speaking characters cropped up he feared it would be Scarface all over again. They sent the script it many times and De Palma didn't read it. He explained that he didn't want to make another Spanish-speaking gangster movie.[6]. When De Palma finally did read it all the way through he realized it wasn't what he thought it was. De Palma envisioned the script as a noir movie and he immediately likened to the script."[7].


Pacino came to Carlito's Way directly from his Oscar-winning role in Scent of a Woman.[8]. To get into the character of Carlito, Torres took him through the dark passages of East Harlem. There he could absorb the sights and atmosphere of the street, virtually living and breathing in these characters.[9]. Scent of a Woman is a 1992 film which tells the story of a preparatory school student who takes a job as an assistant to an irascible blind, medically retired Army officer. ... Spanish Harlem, also known as East Harlem or El Barrio, is a neighborhood in northeastern part of the borough of Manhattan, one of the largest predominantly Hispanic communities in New York City. ...


Pacino first thought of Carlito with a pony tail. But after his visits to Harlem he quickly realized these guys weren't into wearing pony tails. The beard was Pacino's idea. The black leather coat was something that just fit into the period setting.[10]. For other uses, see Harlem (disambiguation). ...


For the pivotal role of Kleinfeld, the filmmakers chose Sean Penn, whose talents as an actor, writer and director impressed. Penn was lured back by the challenge of playing the corrupt, ambitious lawyer. The main reasons for Penn taking the role were that he needed finance for his own movie The Crossing Guard and the part offered was a good one, plus it was with Al, so he did it.[11]. The Crossing Guard is a 1995 independent film directed and written by American actor Sean Penn. ...


De Palma and Penn sat down and discussed what Seventies mob lawyers looked like. Often businessmen in the entertainment business can look more bizarre than the talent they represent. Penn came back with frizzed, receding hair. Penn had his hair shaved to make it a receding hairline and permed it.[12].


At the heart of Carlito's Way is the doomed romance between Carlito and Gail, played by Penelope Ann Miller, who received a Golden Globe nomination for her role. John Leguizamo completed the main cast as Benny Blanco "from the Bronx", an up-and-coming young gangster who is determined to exceed Carlito's reputation but lacks Carlito's personal sense of ethics.[13]. The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...


Bregman supervised casting through the various stages of pre-production, and carefully selected the creative production team who would make Carlito's Way a reality. These included production designer Richard Sylbert (Academy Award winner for Dick Tracy and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), editor Bill Pankow (The Untouchables, Casualties of War), costume designer Aude Bronson-Howard (Final Analysis, Scent of a Woman) and director of photography Stephen Burum (The Untouchables and The Shadow).[14]. Dick Tracy is a long-running comic strip featuring a popular and familiar character in American pop culture. ... For the 1966 film adaptation, see Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (film) Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a play by Edward Albee that opened on Broadway at the Billy Rose Theater on October 13, 1962. ... Bill Pankow is an American film editor who was born in New York City in 1952. ... The Untouchables may refer to: Untouchables (law enforcement), a group of eleven law enforcement agents led by Eliot Ness who helped take down the gangster Al Capone, inspiring several works: The Untouchables (1957 book), co-authored by Eliot Ness The Untouchables (1959 TV series), based on Ness book, starring Robert...


Filming

De Palma directs the tension-building pool scene
De Palma directs the tension-building pool scene

Initially filming began on 22nd March 1993, though the first scheduled shoot, the Grand Central Station climax, had to be changed when Pacino turned up on crutches. Instead, the tension-building pool hall sequence, where Pacino accompanies his young cousin Guajiro on an ill-fated drug deal, started the production.[15]. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


Apart from that poster sequence (shot in Florida), the entire movie was filmed on location in New York. Brian De Palma roamed Manhattan, searching for suitable visual locations. A tenement on 115th Street became the site of Carlito's homecoming; The barrio scene. The courtroom, in which Carlito thanks the prosecutor, was shot in Judge Torres's workplace, the State Supreme Court Building at 60 Centre Street.[16]. This article is about the state. ... For other uses, see Manhattan (disambiguation). ...


The Club Paradise was initially in a West Side brownstone as the model for the book's postprandial premises. But this was considered too cramped for filming. A multi-level bistro club designed by De Palma took shape at the Kaufman-Astoria Studios in Long Island City, in a style of 1970's art deco disco. [17].

De Palma and Pacino discuss the finale scene on the escalators
De Palma and Pacino discuss the finale scene on the escalators

Tony Taglialucci's escape from Riker's prison barge, a night shoot mid-river was considered impossible. Instead, the production used a Brooklyn shipyard where Kleinfeld's boat was lowered into an empty "lock" into which river water was pumped. Smoke machines and towers of space lights were installed. To achieve the rough and choppy nature of the East River a WOW Wave Ball, a sophisticated Belgian device which churns up controlled waves, was used.[18]. The competing ZOW Wave Sphere from Portugal was originally considered, as it is a far more sophisticated decice and can shape waves based on the target water temperature, salinity, and ocean floor depth. However, the CEO of ZOW Waves, Fernando Trerrero, was indicted on (what some considered trumped-up) conspiracy charges just before principal shooting of the Riker's escape scene was to begin, and as such the ZOW Sphere was unable to be delivered on time. Belgian's WOW team was ready to take over, and eventually became the de facto wave generating spherical device supplier to the film industry. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article is about the borough of New York City. ...


For a climactic finale, De Palma staged a chase from the platform of the 125th Street IRT Station to the escalators of Grand Central Terminal. For the shoot trains were re-routed and timed so that Pacino and his pursuers could dart from car to hurtling car.[19]. The main concourse Grand Central Terminal (GCT, often unofficially called Grand Central Station) is a terminal rail station at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue (42nd Street and Park Avenue) in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. ...


Post Production

Carlito's Way wrapped on 20th July 1993, and it was released on 3rd November 1993. Underrated by many critics and didn't have a great first run, but it had a really strong video life.[20].


Patrick Doyle (Henry V (film)) composed the original score. Musical supervisor Jellybean Benitez (Whispers in the Dark, The Principal) supplemented the soundtrack with elements of salsa, merengue and other authentic styles. [21]. Patrick Doyle (born April 6, 1953, Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, Scotland) is an Academy Award nominated Scottish musician and film score composer. ... Henry V may refer to: Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor (1081–1125). ... ...


Resemblance to classical tragedy

Carlito's Way, much like De Palma's Scarface, shares many elements with classic tragedies. Carlito is brought down in large part due to his hubris and stubbornness, and he resolutely ignores all warnings that could have helped him avoid his own death, including Sasso's warnings that Carlito should treat Benny Blanco better and about Pachanga's betrayal, Gail's warning that Carlito will only get himself killed, and numerous warnings about Kleinfeld (including Carlito's own premonitions). Tragedy is one of the oldest forms of drama. ...


This stubbornness and refusal to listen to outside advice in favor of one's own beliefs resembles the fallen heroes in Greek tragedies; the characters of Carlito's Way, much like the figures of those ancient dramas, are caught in a widening spiral of violence, death and destruction because of it.


Prequel

Main article: Carlito's Way: Rise to Power

Edwin Torres' first novel Carlito's Way was filmed and released direct-to-video in 2005, under the title Carlito's Way: Rise to Power. Although critically panned, Torres did give the film his blessing and considers it to be quite an accurate adaptation of the first half of his novel, with a planned sequel for the second half in the works.[22] Edwin Torres can be one of either two persons that share the same name: 1. ... A film that is released direct-to-video (also straight-to-video) is one which has been released to the public on home video formats first rather than first being released in movie theaters. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Trivia

  • Voted "Best Film of the 1990s" by the French publication Cahiers du Cinéma
  • The character Benny Blanco is parodied in the MMORPG World of Warcraft with the Defias thug "Benny Blanco" in Westfall.
  • The Kleinfeld character has often been described as the inspiration for the character Ken Rosenberg of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and San Andreas fame. Both are Jewish, have the same taste in clothing and are rendered increasingly paranoid and incoherent by their cocaine addiction. They also appear very similar physically.
  • The song by Slipknot titled (Sic) has a clip of Pacino (Carlito) shouting "Here comes the pain!" from about 30 minutes into the movie.
  • The club owned by Sasso, called "El Paraiso", may be named for "The Paradise", the palace of rock in another movie from Brian De Palma, Phantom of the Paradise. It is also the name of the rundown burger joint Tony Montana (also played by Pacino) and Manny Ray work at in the beginning of Scarface, another film directed by De Palma.
  • Trains to Florida from New York have always left from Pennsylvania Station, and cannot leave from Grand Central.
  • When Carlito and Gaujiro walk into the store to make the cocaine deal, this is similar to the scene in Scarface where Tony and Angel walk into the hotel to make a cocaine deal; in both films, the deal goes bad, and Carlito and Tony both make it out of the situation.
  • The studio's budget restrictions meant a plan to shoot flashback scenes in Puerto Rico and Jamaica had to be cancelled, but the idea was segued into the poster at the railway station. [23].
  • The finale chase sequence was initially to take place at one of the escalators in the World Trade Centre. The morning of the bombing, the location was visited by the crew, and just a few hours later the explosion occurred.[24].
  • Originally, Carlito was to take the train and get shot at the airport. The Grand Central location gave an opportunity to lose the airport and have the whole event happen in the same place.[25]
  • Sean Penn and Penelope Ann Miller both received Golden Globe nominations for their respective roles as Kleinfeld and Gail.

Cahiers du cinéma is an influential French film magazine founded in 1951 by André Bazin, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze and Joseph-Marie Lo Duca. ... An image from World of Warcraft, one of the largest commercial MMORPGs as of 2004, based on active subscriptions. ... World of Warcraft (commonly abbreviated as WoW) is a massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Blizzard Entertainment and is the fourth game in the Warcraft series, excluding expansion packs and the cancelled Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans. ... Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (released in October 2002) is the fourth video game in the hit Grand Theft Auto series. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination... Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... Slipknot (sometimes typeset as SlipKnoT to fit their logo) is a Grammy winning American metal band from Des Moines, Iowa. ... (sic) is the second track to the nu-metal band Slipknots self titled album. ... Phantom of the Paradise is a 1974 muscial, horror-thriller film written and directed by Brian De Palma. ... Scarface can refer to: people Al Capone, an American gangster whose nickname was Scarface. Scarface (rapper), a rapper who is a member of the Geto Boys. ... Pennsylvania Station (normally abbreviated Penn Station) is a label first applied by the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) to several of its grand passenger terminals. ... Scarface can refer to: people Al Capone, an American gangster whose nickname was Scarface. Scarface (rapper), a rapper who is a member of the Geto Boys. ...

See also

Scarface is a 1983 film directed by Brian De Palma, written by Oliver Stone and starring Al Pacino as Antonio Tony Montana. ... The Untouchables is a 1987 film, directed by Brian De Palma, based on the 1959 ABC television series, which, in turn, was based on Eliot Nesss autobiographical account of his efforts to bring Al Capone to justice. ... The main concourse Grand Central Terminal (GCT, often unofficially called Grand Central Station) is a terminal rail station at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue (42nd Street and Park Avenue) in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. ... To film this recreated Victorian London street scene, the cameraman next to the lamp post is using a steadicam and wearing the harness required to support it. ... View of Rikers Island Rikers Island is New York Citys largest jail facility, sitting on a 415 acre (1. ... Carlito Brigante is a character out of the Carlitos Way and After Hours novels by Edwin Torres. ...

References

  1. ^ Hot Dog magazine, August 2000, Page 30.
  2. ^ Carlito's Way Press Pack, Page 2.
  3. ^ Hot Dog magazine, August 2000, Page 30.
  4. ^ Carlito's Way Press Pack, Page 4
  5. ^ Hot Dog magazine, August 2000, Page 30.
  6. ^ Hot Dog magazine, August 2000, Page 30.
  7. ^ Carlito's Way Press Pack, Page 4
  8. ^ Carlito's Way Press Pack, Page 4
  9. ^ Carlito's Way Press Pack, Page 5
  10. ^ Hot Dog magazine, August 2000, Page 30.
  11. ^ Hot Dog magazine, August 2000, Page 33.
  12. ^ Hot Dog magazine, August 2000, Page 33.
  13. ^ Carlito's Way Press Pack, Page 6
  14. ^ Carlito's Way Press Pack", Page 7
  15. ^ Hot Dog magazine, August 2000, Page 33.
  16. ^ Hot Dog magazine, August 2000, Page 33.
  17. ^ Carlito's Way Press Pack", Page 8
  18. ^ Carlito's Way Press Pack", Page 9
  19. ^ Carlito's Way Press Pack", Page 8
  20. ^ Hot Dog magazine, August 2000, Page 34.
  21. ^ Carlito's Way Press Pack", Page 7
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  23. ^ Hot Dog magazine, August 2000, Page 30.
  24. ^ Hot Dog magazine, August 2000, Page 34.
  25. ^ Hot Dog magazine, August 2000, Page 34.

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