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The Departed (2006)



Critic Consensus: Featuring outstanding work from an excellent cast that includes Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Matt Damon, The Departed is a thoroughly engrossing gangster drama with the gritty authenticity and soupy morality that has infused director Martin Scorsese's past triumphs.

Movie Info

Legendary director Martin Scorsese takes the helm for this tale of questionable loyalties and blurring identities set in the South Boston organized crime scene and inspired by the wildly popular 2002 Hong Kong crime film Infernal Affairs. As the police force attempts to reign in the increasingly powerful Irish mafia, authorities are faced with the prospect of sending in an undercover agent or seeing their already frail grip on the criminal underworld slip even further. Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a young cop looking to make a name for himself in the world of law enforcement. Collin Sullivan (Matt Damon) is a street-smart criminal who has successfully infiltrated the police department with the sole intention of reporting their every move to ruthless syndicate head Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). When Costigan is assigned the task of working his way into Costello's tightly guarded inner circle, Sullivan is faced with the responsibility of rooting out the informer before things get out of hand. With the stakes constantly rising and time quickly running out for the undercover cop and his criminal counterpart, each man must work feverishly to reveal his counterpart before his identity is exposed by the other. Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, and Ray Winstone co-star, and writer William Monahan adapts a screenplay originally penned by Alan Mak and Felix Chong. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, some strong sexual content and drug material)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Siu Fai Mak, Felix Chong, William Monahan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 13, 2007
Box Office: $132.3M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Leonardo DiCaprio
as Billy Costigan
Matt Damon
as Colin Sullivan
Jack Nicholson
as Frank Costello
Martin Sheen
as Queenan
Ray Winstone
as Mr. French
Vera Farmiga
as Madolyn
Alec Baldwin
as Ellerby
Kevin Corrigan
as Cousin Sean
Mark Rolston
as Timothy Delahunt
Robert Wahlberg
as FBI Agent Frank Lazi...
Mary Klug
as Billy's Aunt
Saurman Holzemer Peg
as Mrs. Kennefick
Gurdeep Singh
as Pakistani Proprietor
Armen Garo
as Providence Gangster ...
John Cenatiempo
as Providence Gangster ...
Joseph Riccobene
as Kneecapped Bankrobbe...
Billy Smith
as Detective No.1 Taili...
Lyman Chen
as Translator
Kevin P. McCarthy
as Detective No. 1-Coli...
Chris Fischer
as Detective No. 2-Coli...
Brian Smyj
as Man Glassed in Bar
William Severs
as Older Priest
Larry Mitchell
as Younger Priest
Anthony Estrella
as Police Camera Tech
Andrew Breving
as Police Cell Phone Te...
Tracey Paleo
as Darlene the Secretar...
Douglas Crosby
as Man Killed by French
Conor Donovan
as Young Colin
Sallie Toussaint
as Woman at Opera
Patrick Coppola
as Bookie Harassed by F...
Mick O'Rourke
as Jimmy Bags
Deborah Carlson
as Sister Mary Theresa
Nellie Sciutto
as Queenan's Secretary
Peter Welch II
as Other Prisoner
Henry Yuk
as Chinese Government M...
Joseph Reidy
as Priest with Young Co...
Tom Kemp
as Billy Costigan Sr.
Zachary Pauliks
as Young Billy
Paula Demers
as Billy's Mother
Paris Karounos
as Jimmy Pappas
Joseph P. Reidy
as Priest with Young Co...
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Critic Reviews for The Departed

All Critics (262) | Top Critics (54)

Not only is The Departed not among the best of Scorsese's films; it's not even the best version of this film.

Full Review… | January 25, 2015
The Atlantic
Top Critic

This crime thriller is a profane, blood-drenched joy to watch.

Full Review… | January 25, 2015
Top Critic

The Departed is an example of a cinematic master seeking to live up to the veneration with which he is regarded by his pupils.

Full Review… | January 25, 2015
Daily Telegraph

The dialogue crackles wittily and obscenely, and the set-pieces are superbly staged.

Full Review… | January 25, 2015
Observer [UK]

This has its moments - what Scorsese film does not? -- but over a two-and-a-half-hour stretch it huffs and puffs and still doesn't blow the house down.

Full Review… | January 25, 2015

As in his remake of Cape Fear, Scorsese has mucked up a B-movie he professes to love: producing something full of twists but devoid of that lovely, fluttery, rare thing: surprise.

Full Review… | January 25, 2015
This is London

Audience Reviews for The Departed

This was a great movie from beginning tp the final minutes and than i felt rushed. Very rushed, Im not sure why but the final 30 minutes or so just were overdone. But in the end still a great movie.

John Manard

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Daniel Mumby
Daniel Mumby

Super Reviewer

This is just too awesome.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

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