2006, Movies

The Departed (2006, Martin Scorsese)

Note: I haven’t seen the original film.

Many years ago, I watched Scorsese’s remake of Cape Fear and hated it. I have no idea if that teenage opinion is valid, but I think the experience scarred me for a long time, and so I avoided this remake. (Also, I didn’t like the previous two films he made.)

But, if Hollywood is going to remake a film, this is probably how to do it. (Though I say this in ignorance.) Scorsese’s rather incredible skill as a director is fully on hand here, as he deftly handles the two competing stars and their plot threads, and a plot that could come off as preposterous or ridiculous. The casting is also stellar: obviously the ensemble is excellent but one of the two young stars successfully plays against type – a risky move for him, but it pays off as it makes the character more sympathetic and gives the movie more depth.

I am writing this two weeks after I watched the film, so it’s not so fresh in my mind. But while watching it, I felt like it was yet another crash course in direction from Scorsese.


  • Directed by Martin Scorsese
  • Produced by Brad Pitt, Brad Grey, Graham King
  • Screenplay by William Monahan, Based on Infernal Affairs by Alan Mak, Felix Chong
  • Starring
    • Leonardo DiCaprio as Billy
    • Matt Damon as Colin Sullivan
    • Jack Nicholson as Frank Costello
    • Mark Wahlberg as Dignam
    • Martin Sheen as Queenan
    • Ray Winstone as Mr. French
    • Vera Farmiga as Madolyn
    • Anthony Anderson as Trooper Brown
    • Alec Baldwin as Ellerby
    • Kevin Corrigan as Cousin Sean
    • James Badge Dale as Trooper Barrigan
    • David O’Hara as Fitzy
    • Mark Rolston as Delahunt
    • Robert Wahlberg as Lazio – FBI
    • Kristen Dalton as Gwen
  • Music by Howard Shore
  • Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus
  • Edited by Thelma Schoonmaker
  • Production companies: Warner Bros., Plan B Entertainment, Initial Entertainment Group, Vertigo Entertainment, Media Asia Films
  • Distributed by Warner Bros.
  • Release date: September 26, 2006
  • Running time: 151 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • Budget: $90 million
    Box office: $291.5 million

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