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The Departed

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 Written by
William Monahan Screenplay
Alan Mak Screenplay
Felix Chong Screenplay

 Directed by
Martin Scorsese

To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises through the police ranks. But both sides soon discover there's a mole among them.


 Release Date
October 5, 2006

2 hours and 31 minutes (151 minutes)

Leonardo DiCaprio
  William "Billy" Costigan, Jr.
Matt Damon
  Staff Sgt. Colin Sullivan
Jack Nicholson
  Francis "Frank" Costello
Mark Wahlberg
  Staff Sgt. Sean Dignam
Martin Sheen
  Capt. Oliver Charles Queenan
Ray Winstone
  Arnold "Frenchy" French
Vera Farmiga
  Dr. Madolyn Madden
Anthony Anderson
  Trooper Brown
Alec Baldwin
  Capt. George Ellerby
Kevin Corrigan
  Cousin Sean
James Badge Dale
David O'Hara
Robert Wahlberg
Kristen Dalton
Thomas B. Duffy
Richard Hughes
  Uncle Edward
Chance Kelly
  Exam Instructor
Larry Mitchell
  Younger Priest
Mark Rolston
J.C. MacKenzie
Mary Klug
  Billy's Aunt
Robert 'Toshi' Kar Yuen Chan
  Triad Boss
Peg Holzemer
  Mrs. Kennefick
Gurdeep Singh
  Pakistani Proprietor
Armen Garo
  Providence Gangster #1
John Cenatiempo
  Providence Gangster #2
Brian Smyj
  Man Glassed in Bar
William Severs
  Older Priest
Douglas Crosby
  Man Killed by French
Dorothy Lyman
  Woman at Bar #1
Audrie Neenan
  Woman at Bar #2
Conor Donovan
  Young Colin
Patrick Coppola
  Bookie Harassed by French
Mick O'Rourke
  Jimmy Bags
Nellie Sciutto
  Queenan's Secretary
Henry Yuk
  Chinese Government Man
John Rue
  Luncheonette Proprietor
Joseph P. Reidy
  Priest with Young Colin
John Farrer
  Priest at Billy's Funeral
Billy Smith
  Detective #1 Tailing Queenan
Brian Haley
  Detective #2 Tailing Queenan
Terry Serpico
  Detective #3 Tailing Queenan
Jay Giannone
  Detective #4 Tailing Queenan
David Conley
  Gang Member with Mr. French
Tracey Paleo
  Darlene the Secretary
Jill Brown
  Executed Woman
Tom Kemp
  Billy Costigan, Sr. (credit only)
Kevin P. McCarthy
  Detective #1 - Colin's Unit
Chris Fischer
  Detective #2 - Colin's Unit
Joseph Riccobene
  Kneecapped Bankrobber
Johnny Cicco
  Crack Addict
Lyman Chen
Shay Duffin
  Bartender at Brasserie
David Fischer
  Executed Man
Emma Tillinger Koskoff
  Woman with Dog
Craig Castaldo
  Crack House Denizen
Francesca Scorsese
  Little Girl at Airport
Dennis Lynch
  Costello's Crew #1
Michael Byron
  Costello's Crew #2
Takumi Bando
  Triad (uncredited)
Eric Bruno Borgman
  Reporter (uncredited)
David Boston
  Boston Police Chief (uncredited)
Brendan Burke
  Irish Thug (uncredited)
Chris Chinn
  Gang Member (uncredited)
Jeffrey Corazzini
  Crime Scene Unit (uncredited)
Jim Ford
  Cadet (uncredited)
Trudi Goodman
  Woman Office Worker (uncredited)
Steve Lord
  Academy Pistol Coach (uncredited)
Jack McCullough
  EMT (uncredited)
Osmani Rodriguez
  Reporter (uncredited)
Lawrence Cameron Steele
  Academy Firearms Instructor (uncredited)
Conor Timmis
  Rugby Fan (uncredited)
Joseph Oliveira
  Officer (uncredited)
Adam Masnyk
  Southie Teen / Soccer Player (uncredited)
John Franchi
  Pedestrian (uncredited)
Paul McGillicuddy
  Subway Passenger (uncredited)

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Anachronic and carefully executed
By Jack Anderson on September 17, 2019

Coming back from a trip to Boston, I thought I’d rewatch The Departed, a movie that I was never able to appreciate.

The first thing that struck your mind is the cast & crew. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese? Yes, please.

The problem is that although we have a great casting and an equally great filmmaker, the sauce doesn’t take to me. The story is not very appealing. A contemporary mafia story? Feels anachronic.
The script is not really great and left me quite bored. There are even multiple moments into the film where I felt a bit overwhelmed by the complexity of it all.

Also, the script is very fabricated. The two opposites sleeping with the same lady...

Also, some of the outside sets were simply horrible and felt like if we were in a TV series. This is really not up to the standards of Scorsese.

I give it 6 out of 10. Very good.


I decided to celebrate the Summer Solstice by watching 'The Departed'. Don't ask me why. I had previously loved the Hong Kong-made 'Infernal Affairs' trilogy on which this is based. Usually I hate when international masterpieces get remade, but this was a sterling exception. This was controversial when it took in a cartload of Oscars, particularly finally a directorial nod for Scorsese, but don't be misled--it's easily one of his finest works.

This is my Golden Rule on both remakes in general, but especially American remakes of international (particularly foreign-language) great films. When in doubt, check the label:

1. Director? (check)
2. Cast? (check)
3. Script? (check)

'The proof is in the pudding!'

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