Carlito’s Way

1993 | Drama | 144 minutes | English

After serving five years of a thirty-year sentence in prison, Carlito Brigante is released because his lawyer and friend, David Kleinfeld, found a legal discrepancy in his case. After his release, Carlito decides to retire, live a clean life, and rekindle his romance with Gail, a dancer who moonlights as a stripper. Unfortunately, Carlito and Kleinfeld get sucked into a sour deal with Benny Blanco, a shady con man. Carlito tries to escape with Gail, but will he really be able to retire or will his past lead to tragedy?
Al Pacino (Carlito Brigante) / Sean Penn (David Kleinfeld) / Penelope Ann Miller (Gail) / John Leguizamo (Benny Blanco)
Why Stream This Film?
Rotten Tomatoes stated, “CARLITO’S WAY reunites De Palma and Pacino for a more wistful take on the crime epic, delivering a stylish thriller with a beating heart beneath its pyrotechnic performances and set pieces.”
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 82%
  • Metacritic Score: 65
  • Golden Globe Awards: Nominated, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Penelope Ann Miller); Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Sean Penn)
Brian De Palma in his best films is a muscular director who relishes over-the-top behavior and here he paints a gallery of colorful gangsters and lowlifes. The acting here by Sean Penn is a virtuoso tour de force – one of those performances that takes on a life of its own.
Roger Ebert

Few films made in the disco era can match the kinetic allure of this 1993 production, which has a bluesy undertow all its own.
Michael Sragow

The New Yorker

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