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The Departed (2006) - Movie Review

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Mr Text-to-Speech reviews Martin Scorsese's Best Picture winning crime movie.

Please note: This review contains spoilers.

See a text version of this review here:

https://cineranter.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/movie-review-the-departed/

The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan. It is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg, with Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson and Alec Baldwin in supporting roles.

The film takes place in Boston. Irish Mob boss Francis "Frank" Costello (Jack Nicholson) plants Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) as a mole within the Massachusetts State Police; the two characters are loosely based on famous gangster Whitey Bulger and corrupt FBI agent John Connolly, who grew up with Bulger. Simultaneously, the police assign undercover state trooper William "Billy" Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) to infiltrate Costello's crew. When both sides realize the situation, Sullivan and Costigan both attempt to discover the other's identity before their covers are blown.

The film was a critical and commercial success and won several awards, including four Oscars at the 79th Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing. Wahlberg was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

Directed by
Martin Scorsese

Produced by
Brad Pitt
Brad Grey
Graham King

Screenplay by
William Monahan

Based on
Infernal Affairs
by Alan Mak
Felix Chong

Starring
Leonardo DiCaprio
Matt Damon
Jack Nicholson
Mark Wahlberg
Martin Sheen
Ray Winstone
Vera Farmiga
Alec Baldwin

Music by
Howard Shore

Cinematography
Michael Ballhaus

Edited by
Thelma Schoonmaker

Production companies
Warner Bros.
Plan B Entertainment
Initial Entertainment Group
Vertigo Entertainment
Media Asia Films

Distributed by
Warner Bros.

Release date
September 26, 2006 (Ziegfeld Theatre)
October 6, 2006 (United States)

Running time
150 minutes

Country
United States

Language
English

Budget
$90 million

Box office
$289.8 million

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