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FREE AT LAST FREE AT LAST THANK GOD ALMIGHTY IM FREE AT LAST....an emortal line from this epic movie.such a mob classic.excellant cast.characters you truely get involved with especially at the emotional times.brilliantly acted by all.the amazing al pachino stars as carlto'charlie'brigante a man whose just bin released from a 30yr conviction after 5 yrs due to the brilliant work of his lawyer and best friend kleinfeld(sean penn)he wants to go straight but the law is just waiting for him to make a move in order to put him away again.he gets a stake in kleinfelds club and begins to build up the money he needs to move away from it all and set up a legitimate business.he finds alot has changed in 5yrs the music,the dancing and the wanna be gangstas.he dose however have his trusty bodygusrd an old friend of his by his side but hes finding many young faces he dosnt recognise and dosnt see why he should respect them he has a run with one of them on 2 occassions the young mans name is benny blanco(john leguizamo)a new face on the block and abit of a rising star but hes trouble.things get complicated for carlito and tough desitions need to be made.but was it the right one?he bumps into his old girlfriend gail(penelope ann miller)an erotic dancer who wants to make it big in the dancing world.he wants nothing more than to take her with him and build a new life.all seems to be going well,a near miss with the law comes in the form of an old friend(viggo mortensen)who may well not be as honest as he seems.then kleinfeld finds hes in deep with his mob boss client who wants him to brake him out of jail after kleinfeld had stolen the $1000000 he was supposed to use to pay off a witness to get his client out of jail he brings carlito on board(as he thinks he owes him)literally as the plan is to pick up the mob boss from the icey waters of the river around the prison.the mobsters son frankie(adrian pasdar)has come along too to oversee things and possibly take care of kleinfeld afterwards,seinfeld , by now a cocaine addict and very twitchy seems to of lost his mind he murders the mob boss and his son before they kill him.carlito cant believe hes bin put in this situation by his oldest friend tells him they're even now and walks away from him.carlito is now worrid for his life as the mob boss has a 2nd son and is not likely to take too long putting the pieces together and be out for revenge.meanwhile an attempt is made on seinfelds life.he survives just barely.carlito is brought in regarding 'that night on the boat' they say they know he was there.carltio(denying all to the cops)believes kleinfeld has gone against him.he arranges to catch a train with gail(who is now pregnant)and get away.he gets his bodyguard to pick her up and take her to the station and wait for him.meanwhile he goes to visit kleinfeld.a sort of last goodbye.he gives him a gun to protect himself and bids his old friend farewell.the mob come for him he goes to fire his gone but.NO BULLETS.carlito has his revenge and kleinfeld is dead.carlito goes to the club to get his nest egg.confronted by some old mob friends of his and gets edgey.he takes off.the mob chase him to the station.carlito manages to allude them till theres a shootout on the escallator.he kills all but 1.who continues to chase carltio untill police subdue him with a hail of bullets.carlito reaches gail but theres sumone unexpected there(a past mistake returns to haunt him)and someone will betray him before its all over.5 starRead full review
classic film, pacino at his best, from the time where gangster film were at the top of there game, does not disappoint in the slightest. brilliant.
Brilliant set pieces
Al Pacino is reunited with stylish Director Brian De Palma in this gangster epic set in 70's New York. The film is about a man trying leave his past behind and go straight. This is one of De Palmas best films. The Central Station shootout is a brilliant piece of filmmaking and editing.