Carlito's Way

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Brian De Palma
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
144 min

- I'll be seeing you, Brigante.

That was some line of crap

you handed him in there.

That was no line of crap, man.

I meant every word I said.

You don't understand. You don't get it.

I'm a free man,

and I don't mean just out of jail.

"I am free at last, free at last...

- "...thank God Almighty, I am free at last!"

- I gotta work here. Save your energy.

Wait till you see what I got

lined up for tonight.

So what are you gonna do for money?

Hook up with Rolando again?

I told you, I ain't goin' back to the street.

Twenty-five years I worked that sucker.

What do I got to show for it? Squat.

You dancing with me

or you dancing with him?

What does that mean,

"I ain't goin' back on the street"?

What else do you know how to do?

- I got plans, baby.

- Talk to me.

'Cause you can dance

with him if you wanna.

I know Dave since he was

just out of law school.

He was workin' as a clerk

for a big mob lawyer.

Kept a tire iron under the seat of his car,

tried like hell not to look scared... all his wise guy clients.

But Davey Kleinfeld,

he ain't scared no more.

So look at you.

You really made something of your life.

You put me in business.

All my first clients came through you.

As I say, you know, top drawer.

You're top drawer, Davey.


Listen, I got something for you.

You remember Saso?

Saso. Yeah.

Fat guy, had the Argentine place

on Madison.

He bought the lease on this bankrupt disco.

Beautiful place.

I got some investors together

and we backed him.

I got $50,000 in the place.

Problem is Saso. He's been shakin' the till,

payin' off gambling debts.

He says he doesn't get $25,000,

he's gonna lose his lease.

I like the place. I go there sometimes.

The money's no big deal.

I don't mind puttin' it in... long as I know there's someone there

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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