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

Somebody's pullin' me close to the ground.

I can sense, but I can't see.

I ain't panicked. I been here before.

Same as when I got popped

on 104th Street.

Don't take me to no hospital, please.

Fuckin' emergency rooms

don't save nobody.

Son of a bitches always pop you

at midnight...

...when all they got is a Chinese intern

with a dull spoon.

Look at these suckers scramblin' around.

What for?

My Puerto Rican ass ain't supposed

to have made it this far.

Most of my crew got washed

a long time ago.

Don't worry. My heart, it don't ever quit.

I ain't ready to check out.

Seems like I just got out of thejoint.

Stood up in front of that judge,

and told him what was who.

Now I ain't sayin' that my way

would have been different...

...had my mother been alive when I was

a kid, 'cause that's all you hear in the joint.

"I didn't have a chance." No. Bullshit.

I was already a mean little bastard

while my mother was alive, and I know it.

But I learned about women from her.

Mr. Brigante, there are 56 cases

on the court's docket for this morning.

Why am I listening to this?

Your Honor, Mr. Brigante

is understandably excited...

...having been vindicated

after five years of incarceration.

There's no vindication here, counselor.

Or absolution, or benediction,

or anything...

...other than an incredible

convergence of circumstances...

...which you've exploited

to your client's benefit.

Your Honor, these circumstances

that you speak of...

...include illegal wiretaps

and tainted evidence.

This is a classic

"fruit of the poisoned tree" situation.

I think after five years

of unjust incarceration...'s reasonable to request Mr. Brigante

be indulged his right to speak.

Okay, Mr. Brigante, I'm all ears.

Your Honor...

...with all due respect...

...past and present,

and without further to-do.

Let me assure this court that

I am through walkin' on the wild side.

That's all I've been tryin' to tell you.

I have been sick with the social ills

known in the ghetto...

...but my time in the sterling

correctional facilities...

...of Green Haven and Sing Sing

has not been in vain. I've been cured!

Born again, like the Watergaters.

I know you heard this rap before.

Your Honor, I mean it.

This is the truth. I changed.

I changed and it didn't take no 30 years... Your Honor thought, but only five.

That's right, sir. Five years.

And look at me. Completely rehabilitated...

...reinvigorated, reassimilated,

and finally gonna be relocated.

And I want to thank

a lot of people for that.

I look over there and I see

that man there, Mr. Norwalk.

I want to thank you, sir,

for making the tapes in an illegal fashion.

I would like to thank the Court of Appeals

for reversing you, Your Honor.

And I want to thank...

...AImighty God, without whom

no case gets tossed.

- I can't believe this.

- I must have forgot. How could I forget... dear, close friend and lawyer...

...David Kleinfeld,

who never gave up on me...

...through everything, thick and thin.

- Why don't you just stand up?

- I'm sorry.

- Mr. Brigante!

- Davey Kleinfeld.

You're not accepting an award.

Court of Appeals' decision...

...and the District Attorney's

unfortunate investigative techniques... devolve upon me the painful duty

of unleashing upon society...

...a reputed assassin

and convicted purveyor of narcotics.

No. Never convicted on no dope.

The indictment is dismissed.

Prisoner is discharged. Call the next case.

- I'm indebted to you.

- Okay.

I feel like I won.

Excuse me. Congratulations.

- No hard feelings, right?

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