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Apologies, this isn't a particularly Christmassy film, however it is one of my all time favourites - but if any one would rather do a Christmas film and defer this over till the New Year thats fine.

For me this is the best performance by Al Pacino, in terms of his performance I rank it above the Godfather.

Simple story of an ex-con trying to go straight, and just when he thinks he's out, they pull him back in ;)

Sean Penn provides support as Carlito's (Pacino) lawyer, again in one of my favourite Sean Penn roles. I'm not a massive fan of Penn usually, and don't see him as the best of our generation as some do - however in this he provides an excellent picture of man trying to worm his way into the world Carlito is trying so hard to leave.

It's more than just a mob movie, it looks good, with typical Brian De Palma style - and typical Brian De Palma Grand Central Station scenes!

Some great action scenes, some great character moments, some instantly quotable dialogue, and some geniunely touching moments. There is excellent support from Viggo Mortensen as well, and there's boobs

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Play on its own for £6.99 or as part of a boxset with Scarface and Casino.

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As well as a great peformance by Penn, it also features the mighty Luis Guzman. It's solidly entertaining, but it's not the best in the genre.

I don't think it is even a genre movie, it's not typical mob movie

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Perhaps I really meant "It's not as good as Goodfellas." But then, what is? I remeber being a little disappointed with the end, and didn't much like the love interest. When it was good, it was very good, but I remember some flat bits. All these years since release, and the wife and I still say "Aaayyy, Carlitio" to each other in a Luis Guzman voice from time to time. And "cojones". I'm only a little way through Vice City but that shyster lawyer seems a clear nod to Penn in this movie.

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De Palma's is on top of his game with some of the action scenes in the movie with the best examples being the shoot out in the pool room which is real edge of the seat stuff and the bit on the stairs at the train station (albeit deja vu as he did this before in The Untouchables)

However, i dont think he has much respect for women as his female leads always seem weak. I dont like the actress anyway (Penelope Ann Miller?) so I may be biased but I can't think of a movie he has done where he has done relationships well.

All the supporting actors are top notch; sean penn obviuously but also Benny Blanco from the Bronx is great.

And of course Al Pacino is ace.

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Perhaps I really meant "It's not as good as Goodfellas." But then, what is? I remeber being a little disappointed with the end, and didn't much like the love interest. When it was good, it was very good, but I remember some flat bits. All these years since release, and the wife and I still say "Aaayyy, Carlitio" to each other in a Luis Guzman voice from time to time. And "cojones". I'm only a little way through Vice City but that shyster lawyer seems a clear nod to Penn in this movie.

Casino.

There's no empathy in Goodfellas. In Casino you can in some ways relate to De Niro, and you abhorr what's going on around him sometimes when he's just trying to do "what's right", so to speak. Same goes for being relieved when Joe Pesci gets his come-uppance, but you feel sorry for the manner in which it's done, with him pleading for them to kill his brother. Casino's a masterpiece.

Anyway! Carlito's Way. Been a while since I watched it but I sort of enjoyed it but was a bit disappointed. I had it highly recommended but it seemed a bit... lifeless when I watched it. Nothing seemed quite as well fleshed out as it could have been, but Al Pacino's still, er, the don :P

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Ahhh, Carlito's Way, one of my favourite films of all time.

It shares the accolade of best soundtrack with Goodfellas in my opinion but that's where the comparisons stop. Yea they are both 'gangster' films but completely different ones.

It has more in common with the overated (although still rather excellent) Scarface.

Luis Guzman has never had a better chatacter than Pachanga :P

I don't have one gripe with this film, to me it is perfect. SO many great moments of true tension.

Love it.

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Saw this at the flictures when it came out, and never revisited it until a few weeks ago when I chanced upon the DVD. It holds up very well indeed.

It's the perfect marriage of De Palma's stylistic flair and his occasional ability to assemble a satisfying film out of his homages.

Pacino was on the rise again after his miserable 80s, and he's on fire in this. I agree that De Palma either glosses over or cheapens his female characters. I've always had that nagging feeling that the guy himself is a bit of a perv. Still, can't fault the film technically and it has a gripping story. Plenty of cracking supporting turns and a revelatory performance (for me) from Penn, whom I'd previously consigned to the brat bin.

Looks absolutely lush as well - particularly the night and neon-soaked club scenes.

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Ahhh, Carlito's Way, one of my favourite films of all time.

It shares the accolade of best soundtrack with Goodfellas in my opinion but that's where the comparisons stop. Yea they are both 'gangster' films but completely different ones.

It has more in common with the overated (although still rather excellent) Scarface.

Luis Guzman has never had a better chatacter than Pachanga :P

I don't have one gripe with this film, to me it is perfect. SO many great moments of true tension.

Love it.

You get a big high five on that!

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I must admit the ending always has me filling up, I wish that just once I'd watch it and they'd get away :)
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i wish the forum could all watch a film together - someone posts a live video clip, and bangs on about the film in the posts below. that would be super.

i love the scene in the trainstation at the end where theres a reaaaally long camera shot. it must be getting on for a good 3/4 minutes - up and down escalators and everything.

i've been with made people, connected people - who you been with?

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At his hear, De Palma is quite clearly a misogynist. It shows in just about every one of his films. Women are just objects to be used to him.

But that's another discussion.

Carlito's Way is a fabulous film. There are so many stand out moments, and yes, Pacino's relatively understated performance is far more affecting than when he's trying to showboat (he nearly, nearly ruins Heat with it).

De Palma is pretty much at the top of his game with this as well, being his best film alongside the Untouchables.

Yes, a good choice.

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Sean Penn's death is perhaps one of my favourite movie sequences ever. Ever. The pulling out of the gun. The bullets being thrown in to the trash. The realisation on Penn's face. Incredible.
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Carlito's Way is a fabulous film. There are so many stand out moments, and yes, Pacino's relatively understated performance is far more affecting than when he's trying to showboat (he nearly, nearly ruins Heat with it).

"shes got a GREAT ASS!!" :)

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The end is so OMG! Benny Blanco from the Bronx
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