Carlito’s Way (1993) Directed by Brian De Palma
Sean Penn as David Kleinfeld and Al Pacino as Carlito Brigante

Carlito: You remember a guy named Clyde Bassie? Got out of the joint a couple years ago. Anyway, he went down to the Bahamas, Paradise Island, and he got this car rental place. Used to talk about it all the time in the can. He got out, he went down there, put it together and it’s doin’ good. Real good. I mean like, it’s makin’ money. Couple of months ago he wrote me and he said I could buy in any time I got seventy five grand together.
David: You’re gonna rent cars.
Carlito: Yeah.
David: (Laughs)
Carlito: What are you laughin’ at?
David: You’re gonna rent cars.
Carlito: That’s right. I know a lot about cars.. I been stealin’ ’em since I was fourteen. Look at ‘im laugh! I’ll tell ya somethin’. Car rental guys don’t get killed that much.

6 Responses to “Carlito’s Way (1993)”

  1. Yep, I’d say this is one of the best scripted De Palma films of them all. Overally I have always had mixed feelings about the director, but there are instance (this being one of them) where he’s hit the mark. This is an urban gritty drama with a touch of decadence, an effective disco soundtrack and some excellent performances from Pacino, Penn, John Leguziamo, Viggo Mortensen, Luis Guzman and James Rebhorn.

    David Koepp’s screenplay is superb, even taking into account the long running time, and a few dead spots.

  2. I saw this when it first came out and knew that it was DePalma and that Pacino was in it so what’s not to like, but beyond that, I didn’t know much. As the credits were rolling, I said, “That was Sean Penn?!” Either I’m a dope or Penn was really good. Could easily be a combination of the two.

  3. Sean Penn is practically unrecognizable. Not just the way he looks, but his whole personality. It’s one of my favorite performances of his.

    Sam, De Palma is one of those guys that seems to swing for the fences. Sometimes he strikes out and sometimes he hits a home run. He’s not a double up the middle kind of guy. I love Carlito too, but it doesn’t seem to get as much attention as something like Scarface which actually I don’t care for very much.

  4. Indeed on everything you say here Craig, and likewise I am no fan of SCARFACE, though of course like most I love teh 1932 Hawks original with Paul Muni.

  5. Yes Hawks’ original is terrific. I’ve never been able to understand the cult popularity of the remake.

  6. Tony Montana: ‘I kill a film blogger for fun, but for a bad review, I gonna carve him up real nice.’

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