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Carlito's Way is a tale of a former hood trying to escape his former life. Al Pacino is Carlito Brigante, a high-level Puerto Rican drug dealer sprung from a three-decade jail sentence after only five years, thanks to a technicality and his sleazy, cocaine-addled lawyer, Dave Kleinfeld (Sean Penn). Carlito renounces his previous ways and takes a job as the manager of a club that Kleinfeld has invested in, planning to save enough money so that he can eventually move to the Caribbean. But no sooner is Carlito back on the streets of New York than his old life claws at him in the form of both old partners (Luis Guzman) and vicious up-and-comers (John Leguizamo). Nevertheless, Carlito stays clean and even restarts his relationship with a dancer named Gail (Penelope Ann Miller), until he is finally led astray by Kleinfeld, who manipulates Carlito into participating in the murder of a Mafia don from whom Kleinfeld has stolen a million dollars. At that point, the race is on to see whether Carlito and Gail can escape his world for good. The film is based on two novels about Carlito written by New York State judge Edwin Torres. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

  • Release date:November 10, 1993


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Sean Penn Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1993 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Penelope Ann Miller Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1993 Nominee


Al Pacino
as Carlito Brigante
Sean Penn
as David Kleinfeld
Penelope Ann Miller
as Gail
Luis Guzman
as Pachanga
John Leguizamo
as Benny Blanco
Viggo Mortensen
as Lalin
Ingrid Rogers
as Steffie
James Rebhorn
as Norwalk
Joseph Siravo
as Vinnie Taglialucci
Richard Foronjy
as Pete Amadesso
Jorge Porcel
as Saso
Adrian Pasdar
as Frankie
Rocco Sisto
as Panama Hatman
Anthony Catanese
as Bodyguard
Steven Puente
as Club Bouncer
Tera Tabrizi
as Club Date
James Bulleit
as Louie
Mel Gorham
as Pachanga's Date
Owen Hollander
as Cab Driver
Rick Aviles
as Quisqueya
John Finn
as Duncan
Bonnie Timmermann
Michael Hadge
as Diamond Room Man
John Hoyt
as Club Bouncer
Jon Seda
as Dominican
Caesar Cordova
as Barber
Al Israel
as Rolando
Luke Toma
as Cop
Richard Council
as Diamond Room Man
Christopher Bregman
as Club Patron
Michael P. Moran
as Party Guest
Jaime Tirelli
as Valentin
Rene Rivera
as Bartender
Frank Minucci
as Tony Taglialucci
Nelson Vasquez
as Blanco Associate
Paul Mazursky
as Judge Feinstein
Brian Tarantina
as Speller
Garry Blackwood
as Copa Wiseguy
Bo Dietl
as Casino Man
Marc Anthony
as Band Member
Orlando Urdaneta
as Bartender
Gene Canfield
as Train Conductor
John Michael Bolger
as Cop
Joe Conzo
as Club Patron
Frank Ferrara
as Manzanero
John Ortiz
as Guajiro
Angel Salazar
as Walberto
Chuck Zito
as Club Bouncer
Vincent Pastore
as Copa Wiseguy
Vincent Jerosa
as Cop
Sharmagne Leland-St. John
as Woman at Grand Central
Tony Cucci
as Club Bouncer


Brian De Palma
Martin Bregman
Michael S. Bregman
David Koepp
Stephen H. Burum
Jellybean Benitez
Musical Direction/Supervision
Patrick Doyle
Composer (Music Score)
Bill Pankow
Kristina Boden
Judith Stevens
Production Designer
Richard Sylbert
Production Designer
Gregory W.M. Bolton
Art Director
Judith Stevens
Associate Producer
Louis A. Stroller
Executive Producer
Ortwin Freyermuth
Executive Producer
Nancy Deren
Set Designer
Leslie Pope
Set Designer
Aude Bronson-Howard
Costume Designer
Les Lazarowitz
Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Soldo
First Assistant Director
Jeffery Hornaday
Peter Odabashian
Sound Editor
Michael Laudati