from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
Way is a stylish Brian de Palma piece about a drug dealer named
Carlito who is released back into society on a legal technicality, and
intends to use this God-sent serendipity to start a completely new life
- an honest life away from the rackets. It is based upon two realistic
books by a guy who grew up in the Puerto Rican barrios of New York, and
later became a judge.
|One of the most
interesting things about the movie is that it is essentially a
familiar western plot, except that it takes place outside of the Old West. Carlito is like a legendary
gunslinger who sets down his weapon, then finds that he can't run from
his reputation. Every guy who wants to be known as the fastest gun in
the West either wants to kill him or hang with him. All of the men he
has ever known are deeply involved in the criminal life, and it's a
struggle to make a few honest bucks so he can fly away and open his
rental car agency on the islands.
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Miller shows her breasts.
|| It's a very good movie, featuring
the usual fine performances from Sean Penn and Al Pacino, with a taut
chase scene at the end though the New York subways and Grand Central
Station. Not the least of the visual splendors in the movie was
Penelope Ann Miller as Carlito's girlfriend. There is a sexy "staged
voyeur" scene in Carlito's Way which rivals the one in Body Heat. Miller lets Pacino watch her through her chained
door opening. She removes enough clothing, and teases him enough, to get
him to break in.
This film is rarely mentioned as one
of Brian DePalma's directing successes or as one of Al Pacino's
memorable roles, but I think it belongs on both lists, and I think
IMDb members have it pegged quite well as a near-classic.
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it a near-classic 7.3
- With their
dollars ... $37 million domestic gross.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a B-.
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