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. —IMDb
Brian De Palma is one of the well-known directors who spear-headed the new movement in Hollywood during the 1970s. He is known for his many films that go from violent pictures, to Hitchcock-like thrillers.
Born on the 11th of September in 1940, De Palma was born in New Jersey in an American-Italian family. Originally entering university as a physics student, de Palma became attracted to films after seeing such classics as Citizen Kane (1941). Enrolling in Sarah Lawrence College, he found lasting influences from such varied teachers as Alfred Hitchcock and Andy Warhol.
At first, his films comprised of such black-and-white films as Bridge That Gap (1965). He then discovered a young actor whose fame would influence Hollywood forever. In 1968, de Palma made the comedic film Greetings (1968) starring Robert de Niro in his first ever credited film role. The two followed up immediately with the film The Wedding Party (1969) and Hi, Mom… read more
Really brought tears to my eyes. Pacino is definitely one of my favorites. 4 stars out of 5 = Great.
Is it simply a filmmaker testing himself when he begins with the ending? If so, De Palma passes on this one!
It also has incredibly well developed secondary character arcs. Kleinfeld (a nobody; a steady rise; a fatal ending), Gail (dream; disillusionment; rekindled dream), Benny Blanco (a rise that finished the circle), Pachanga (same as Kleinfeld), Lalin (glamour; falling down), Guajiro (pride; falling down), etc. Not bad for a genre flick.