Carlito’s Way (1993)


Movie Review

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Starring: Al Pacino, Sean Penn, and Penelope Ann Miller

In Carlito’s Way, Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino), an ex-mobster recently released from prison, tries to turn over a new leaf and save enough money to retire to Florida.  Unfortunately for Carlito, that’s not as easy as it sounds.  Throughout the film, we root for Carlito to make the right choices so that he can get to a better life in Miami.  However, his friend Dave Kleinfeld (Sean Penn) is an obstacle to making good choices.  The film has some great action sequences such as an elaborate chase scene through the New York City subway system and Grand Central Terminal.  This tragic, suspenseful tale of an ex-con trying to put his life back on the right path is a good film that has not always gotten the respect it deserves.    The film runs for 2 hours and 24 minutes, so it’s not too long.



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