R | | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.
After completing The Aviator (2004), Martin Scorsese kept Alec Baldwin in mind for future collaboration and ultimately decided to cast him in the role of Ellerby, which was offered to Mel Gibson first, but Gibson was unable to accept the part, because he was starting production on Apocalypto (2006) at the time.
What's this I hear from Stephanie about you becoming a policeman?
Billy Costigan: You mean Stephanie, who was the only one who came to my father's funeral? That Stephanie?
Uncle Ed: Yeah, *that* Stepanie.
Billy Costigan: Nothing much to it, Uncle Edward.
Uncle Ed: Are you trying to prove something to...
(at around 1h 24 mins) Sullivan and Costello meet in an adult movie theater in Boston's Chinatown. However, an earlier reference to the Patriot Act (at around 1h 2 mins) places this movie no earlier than 2001. By then, the porno houses of Boston's "Combat Zone" were nothing but a memory.
The title doesn't appear on screen until nearly 20 minutes into the movie.
£2,298,313 (UK) (6 October 2006)
$132,373,442 (USA) (16 March 2007)
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