Carlito's Way

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A Puerto-Rican ex-con, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of NYC.

Release Year: 1993

Rating: 7.9/10 (76,686 voted)

Brian De Palma

Stars: Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Penelope Ann Miller

A Puerto Rican ex-con pledges to stay away from his former drug dealing ways but finds himself being dragged back by his past connections and the naive machinations of his lawyer and best friend. Hoping to raise enough money to get away from New York, Carlito Brigante takes on the job of running a nightclub, renews an affair with a dancer but old associates and old instincts suck him back into a world of violence and mistrust.

Writers: Edwin Torres, David Koepp


Al Pacino

Carlito 'Charlie' Brigante

Sean Penn

David Kleinfeld

Penelope Ann Miller


John Leguizamo

Benny Blanco

Ingrid Rogers


Luis Guzmán


(as Luis Guzman)

James Rebhorn

Dist. Atty. Norwalk

Joseph Siravo

Vincent 'Vinnie' Taglialucci

Viggo Mortensen


Richard Foronjy

Pete Amadesso

Jorge Porcel

Saso (Ron)

Frank Minucci

Tony Taglialucci

Adrian Pasdar

Frankie Taglialucci

John Ortiz


(as John Augstin Ortiz)

Ángel Salazar


Release Date: 10 November 1993

Filming Locations: 4th Avenue Subway Station, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000


Gross: $36,948,322

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Carlito's Way is adapted from the novel "After Hours" by 'Edwin Torres'. However, it took the title from Torres' first novel about the rise of crime boss Carlos Brigante so that it would not be confused with Martin Scorsese's New York club-based comedy-drama,
After Hours.


Factual errors:
In the final scenes of the movie, which take place in Manhattan's Grand Central Station, Carlito is attempting to take a train an Amtrak train to Miami. However, in 1975, the only trains that left from Grand Central beside commuter and subway trains were Amtrak trains going north to Albany and continuing west to Buffalo and Chicago. If Carlito wanted to take a train to the south, he would have needed to be at New York's Penn Station instead.


You ripped him off didn't you?

David Kleinfeld:

Tony Taglialucci. You did take his money?

David Kleinfeld:

Dave, you not a lawyer no more, you a gangster now. On the other side. A whole new ball game. You can't learn about it in school, and you can't have a late start.

User Review

Way underrated


Carlito's Way is an extrememely underated Al Pacino movie. This film is
probubly the best crime story ive seen, next to Goodfellas(1990), Pacino
gives another superb performance as well as the rest of the cast. The story
in Carlito's Way is extremely compelling and can be very sad at times.
Unlike Pacino's similar film Scarface(1983), Carlito's Way is not just a
blood bath without much of a story. I dont know why this film fizzled at
the box office and failed to recieve any academy award nominations because
it sure deserved to. 9 out of 10.