The Departed (2006)

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The Departed (2006

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

Director: Martin Scorsese

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

Crime, Drama, Thriller (2h 31min)

USA USA, Hong Kong Hong Kong

Rated 8.5 after 1,071,185 votes, 85% postive reviews on 20-May-19.

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Won 4 Oscars. Another 49 wins & 53 nominations


Years ago, a powerful Irish mafia figure placed a small selection of his youngest, brightest men into the Massachusetts State Police Academy as cadets. Their purpose is to eventually rise within the prestigious ranks of the state police department, to serve as the eyes and ears of their boss. While somewhere else, a young cadet was assigned with an equally dangerous task: infiltrate the Irish syndicate headed by the man sending in his own to the Massachusetts State Police. Now, one cadet is an up and coming police official with a torn allegiance to his job and to the criminal mastermind that put him there. While the other cadet is the trusted number two of that man, only finding his professional duties are becoming blurred with his current state. But new clues have lead to unfortunate discoveries, when both sides realize they're being watched by the enemy. It's now all just a matter of time before the men assigned to find out whose the infiltrator, could come to a bloody end when someone's identity may be revealed.


Martin Scorsese (director) Leonardo DiCaprio Matt Damon Jack Nicholson Mark Wahlberg Martin Sheen Ray Winstone

Leonardo DiCaprio (Billy), Matt Damon (Colin), Jack Nicholson (Costello), Mark Wahlberg (Dignam), Martin Sheen (Queenan), Ray Winstone (Mr. French), Vera Farmiga (Madolyn), Anthony Anderson (Brown), Alec Baldwin (Ellerby), Kevin Corrigan (Cousin Sean), James Badge Dale (Barrigan), David O'Hara (Fitzy (as David Patrick O'Hara)), Mark Rolston (Delahunt), Robert Wahlberg (Lazio - FBI), Kristen Dalton (Gwen), Thomas B. Duffy (Governor), J.C. MacKenzie (Realtor), Mary Klug (Billy's Aunt), Peg Holzemer (Mrs. Kennefick (as Peg Saurman Holzemer)), Robert 'Toshi' Kar Yuen Chan (Triad Boss (as Robert Chan)), Gurdeep Singh (Pakistani Proprietor), Armen Garo (Providence Gangster #1), John Cenatiempo (Providence Gangster #2), Joseph Riccobene (Kneecapped Bankrobber), Billy Smith (Detective #1 Tailing Queenan), Lyman Chen (Translator), Kevin P. McCarthy (Detective #1 - Colin's Unit), Chris Fischer (Detective #2 - Colin's Unit), Brian Smyj (Man Glassed in Bar), William Severs (Older Priest), Larry Mitchell (Younger Priest), Anthony Estrella (Police Camera Tech), Andrew Breving (Police Cell Phone Tech), Tracey Paleo (Darlene the Secretary), Douglas Crosby (Man Killed by French), Dorothy Lyman (Woman at Bar #1), Audrie Neenan (Woman at Bar #2), Frank Mallicoat (News Anchor), Paula DeMers (Billy's Mother), Conor Donovan (Young Colin)...

From the same director


William Monahan (screenplay), Alan Mak (2002 screenplay Mou gaan dou), Felix Chong (2002 screenplay Mou gaan dou)

Produced by

Michael Aguilar (co-producer), G. Mac Brown (executive producer), Doug Davison (executive producer), Brad Grey (producer), Kristin Hahn (executive producer), Graham King (producer), Roy Lee (executive producer), Gianni Nunnari (executive producer), Brad Pitt (producer), Joseph P. Reidy (co-producer (as Joseph Reidy)), Rick Schwartz (co-producer), Emma Tillinger Koskoff (associate producer (as Emma Tillinger)), Dan Lin (development executive (uncredited))



Excellent. A great, great movie. I saw it last night at a special screening and must say it was a tour de force. Even though Boston is not really a gritty town Scorsese was able to capture a darker side of the city. Coming from that area, I am always concerned when actors put on the local accent as it tends to be distracting rather than supportive. However, with local pros like Damon and Wahlberg they were able to really grab hold of it and not go overboard... most of the time. The true stand out performance has to go to DiCaprio. He has really come into his since hooking up with Scorsese, having scored a number of original performances all of which have expanded his range. He really snagged onto a deep and tragic character and created something that will hopefully be recognized come awards season. One of my favorite aspects was the friendly hostility the characters had for each other. It is a specific trademark that I have never noticed in any other city. In Boston, when you are really close with someone (or not really) it is, more or less, a requirement to bust their balls and shoot cruel insults back and forth in rhythmic banter. That detail was extensively realized in THE DEPARTED and I doubt anybody who was raised outside of the metro Boston area, or at least visited at some point, would find it nearly as hilarious as those who were. As for Scorsese's direction, I think he scored big with this one. While many have criticized that his movies have become more commercial I believe that he has just evolved. There were some classic Scorsese moments here, my favorite being a scene where DiCaprio is alone and packing his things in his apartment. Beautifully cut and stylistically directed. Is it his best effort? No. But it still is truly mesmerizing. He has created something truly special from a city that is highly underrated.

Memorable quotes

Dignam: This is unbelievable. Who put the fuckin' cameras in this place?
Police Camera Tech: Who the fuck are you?
Dignam: I'm the guy who does his job. You must be the other guy.

99 total 


Martin Scorsese wanted to shoot the film in Boston, where the story is set. But due to concerns on setting up production and politics, the producers chose New York City to double for Boston because of the state's 15% tax credit. The bulk of the movie was shot in New York City while a six week shooting schedule was split in two for Boston, shooting the first half in June and the second half in August. After the success of this film, Massachusetts created a 25% tax credit for filmmaking.

48 total 


Won 4 Oscars. Another 49 wins & 53 nominations 
Academy Awards, USA • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA • American Cinema Editors, USA • Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards • Art Directors Guild • Austin Film Critics Association • BAFTA Awards • Bodil Awards • Boston Society of Film Critics Awards • Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards • Central Ohio Film Critics Association • Chicago Film Critics Association Awards • Cinema Brazil Grand Prize • Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards • David di Donatello Awards • Directors Guild of America, USA • Edgar Allan Poe Awards • Empire Awards, UK • Florida Film Critics Circle Awards • Golden Globes, USA • Gotham Awards • Grammy Awards • Irish Film and Television Awards • Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards • Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards • London Critics Circle Film Awards • MTV Movie Awards • National Board of Review, USA • National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA • New York Film Critics Circle Awards • Online Film Critics Society Awards • PGA Awards • People's Choice Awards, USA • Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards • Robert Festival • Satellite Awards • Screen Actors Guild Awards • Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards • Teen Choice Awards • Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards • World Stunt Awards • Writers Guild of America, USA

Other titles

Infiltrados (Spain, Venezuela) • Los infiltrados (Argentina, Mexico) • Отступники (Russia) • A tégla (Hungary) • Agents troubles (Canada (French title)) • Departed (Sweden) • Departed - Unter Feinden (Germany) • Dipâteddo (Japan) • Dvostruka igra (Serbia) • Ha-Shtoolim (Israel (Hebrew title)) • Infernal Affairs (USA (working title)) • Infiltracja (Poland) • Köstebek (Turkey (Turkish title)) • Kahe tule vahel (Estonia) • Les infiltrés (France) • Na druhej strane (Slovakia) • O pliroforiodotis (Greece) • Os Infiltrados (Brazil) • Parakit hoad faengtua koan chaopho (Thailand (Thai title)) • Pokojni (Croatia) • Skrytá identita (Czech Republic) • The Departed - Entre Inimigos (Portugal) • The departed - Il bene e il male (Italy)



Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, some strong sexual content and drug material


Argentina:16 / Australia:MA15+ / Austria:16 / Brazil:18 / Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Chile:14 / China:(Banned) / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-15 / France:12 (DVD rating) / France:Tous publics (with warning) / Germany:16 / Greece:K-13 / Hong Kong:IIB / Iceland:16 / India:A / Iran:18+ / Ireland:16 (original rating) / Ireland:18 (video rating) / Israel:16 / Italy:T / Japan:R-15 / Malaysia:18SG / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:15 / Peru:18 / Philippines:R-13 / Portugal:M/16 / Romania:I.C.-14 / Singapore:M18 (edited version) / South Korea:15 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) / UK:18 / USA:R (certificate #42877)



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