The Departed

2006  151 MN


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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


2h31m (151 min)


$ 90,000,000


$ 289,847,354

 Top Billed Cast

 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

 Written by

William Monahan Screenplay
Alan Mak Screenplay
Felix Chong Screenplay


Lies. Betrayal. Sacrifice. How far will you take it?



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 'Radioman' 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)
Kim Carrell
  MA State Police Detective
Robert Myers
  Cadet Parent (uncredited)


Howard Shore
Brad Pitt
Martin Scorsese
Brad Grey
Eugene Gearty
  Sound Effects Editor
Eugene Gearty
  Supervising Sound Editor
Ellen Lewis
Thelma Schoonmaker
Michael Ballhaus
  Director of Photography
Christine Beveridge
  Makeup Artist
Leslie E. Rollins
  Set Decoration
Eric Weinstein
  Actor's Assistant
Joseph P. Reidy
  Assistant Director
Sandy Powell
  Costume Design
Kristi Zea
  Production Design
Tim Monich
  Dialect Coach
Steven Kirshoff
  Special Effects Coordinator
John Caglione Jr.
  Makeup Artist
Graham King
William Monahan
Doug Davison
  Executive Producer
Roy Lee
  Executive Producer
G. Mac Brown
  Executive Producer
Timothy Healy
Paul A. Levin
  Post Production Supervisor
Alan Mak
Felix Chong
Marko A. Costanzo
Marissa Littlefield
  ADR & Dubbing
Carla Raij
  Location Manager
Kay Georgiou
Ron Ames
  Visual Effects Producer
Jeffrey Stern
  ADR & Dubbing
Thomas Lappin
  Camera Operator
David Ebner
  Visual Effects Supervisor
G. A. Aguilar
  Stunt Coordinator
Susan Perlman
  Set Decoration
Donald Mowat
  Makeup Artist
Teresa Carriker-Thayer
  Art Direction
David Davenport
  Costume Supervisor
Michael Germain
  Makeup Artist
Philip Stockton
  Supervising Sound Editor
Philip Stockton
  Dialogue Editor
Joy Zapata
Jac Rubenstein
  Dialogue Editor
Andrew Cooper
  Still Photographer
Bruce MacCallum
  Camera Operator
Tom Fleischman
  Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Andrew Rowlands
  Camera Operator
Kathryn Blondell
Robert Legato
  Visual Effects Supervisor
Jennifer Dunnington
  Music Editor
Martha Pinson
  Script Supervisor
Larry Kaplan
  Unit Publicist
Marion Kolsby
  Assistant Art Director
Allan Zaleski
  Sound Effects Editor
Johnny Villanueva
Devin Sterling
  Digital Intermediate
Robert Griffon Jr.
  Property Master
Theodore Suchecki
  Construction Coordinator
Sian Grigg
  Makeup Artist
Erik Knight
  Art Department Coordinator
Robert Thayer
  Assistant Art Director
Thomas Stokes
  Costume Supervisor
Tass Filipos
  Music Editor
Robert Martini
  Transportation Coordinator
William 'Billy Jack' Jakielaszek
  Special Effects
Jamie Baker
Brian Ricci
  Special Effects
Michael Arthur
Lisa Shaftel
  Scenic Artist


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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!'

John Chard

The only one that can do what I do is me. Lot of people had to die for me to be me. You wanna be me?

The Departed is directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan, Alan Mak and Felix Chong. It stars Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson, Mark Rolston and Alec Baldwin. Music is by Howard Shore and cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.

An Irish gang in South Boston becomes aware there is a rat in their midst, whilst the police force has a mole to contend with - with each one trying to out each other before the other does...

Martin Scorsese remakes Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs (2002) for the English speaking world, and promptly bagged his first Best Director Oscar in the process. It's a thrilling picture packed with suspense and edginess, a psychological gangster picture driven by two men leading double lives that is leading them to the abyss. When the violence comes it erupts in thunderous strokes, all while the narrative pulses with paranoia. There are some irksome contrivances, but with a uniformly strong set of turns from the cast, great musical accompaniments, and a director returning to gangster form, The Departed is a sure fire winner. 8.5/10


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