In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover?Written by
Vera Farmiga was one of the only actresses who didn't watch Mou gaan dou (2002), the movie on which this is based. Madolyn is inspired by multiple characters, so Farmiga thought it would be confusing for her. See more »
When Billy is sitting inside Queenan's house, the glass of water is in his hand in one shot, disappears in the next and then returns. See more »
Here, this is my card.
Nah, I don't need that. I'm a detective. I'll find you.
[elevator door begins to close; Colin reaches out]
No, I'm just kidding, I need the card.
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The title doesn't appear on screen until nearly 20 minutes into the movie. See more »
A gripping and unique crime drama about the duality of undercover work
I got to see a sneak preview of it, and I must say: the BEST film of the year so far. Scorcese is at his best and truly deserves his anticipated first Oscar for this film. Also notable are the performances of Matt Damon (such a great "bad-guy;" he really must do stuff like this more often), Leo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson (as always), and Mark Wahlberg (best since Rockstar). However, some in the theater with me who had seen Infernal Affairs did say that Departed did not live up to the original. I have yet to see Affairs, but I honestly believe that Departed was pulled off well enough to really bring in some respectable awards in the upcoming season.
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