The Departed

Two rats. One mob boss. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Billy, a trainee cop who has a bad family history. He is sent by Captain Queenan, played by Martin Sheen and Sergeant Dignam, played by the excellent Mark Wahlberg, to infiltrate the Boston mob, run by Jack Nicholsons Frank Costello. Matt Damon plays Colin, a policeman who rises fast through his ranks, but is secretly working for Costello. Both characters bounce off eachother, while never actually meeting, while each tries to find the others identity, while coming unknowingly close (both are interested in the same woman). That is the basic set up for this brilliantly tense mob thriller, directed by Martin Scorcese.


Continuity mistake: In the scene after Queenan dies, when Sullivan picks up his phone to contact Costigan, he presses the "talk" button and a smudge of blood is left. In subsequent shots, there's no trace of blood on the "talk" button. (01:49:45)

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Ellerby: I'm gonna go have a smoke right now. You want a smoke? You don't smoke, do ya, right? What are ya, one of those fitness freaks, huh? Go fuck yourself.

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Trivia: This was Martin Scorsese's first film to win Best Picture. And his first Oscar for best Director. Martin also said that this was the first movie he ever made with a plot.

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Question: What is the tune that is playing when we first see Billy going into jail?

Answer: It is called "Shipping Up to Boston" by the band The Dropkick Murphys, from their "Warrior's Code" album.


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