Vera Farmiga as: Madolyn
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Selected Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Alec Baldwin
Written by: William Monahan
Release Year: 2006
Genre: Crime / Mystery / Thriller
MPAA Rating: R
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 his double life, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations he has penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there’s 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 himself.
But is either willing to turn on the friends and comrades they’ve made during their long stints undercover?
• Filmed in USA (view all.)
• Won 4 Oscars. Another 52 wins & 59 nominations (view all.)
• When Billy is talking with Madolyn for the first time in her office, the position of the tissue sticking out of the top of the tissue box on Madolyn’s desk changes a few times.
• Martin Scorsese had originally wanted to cast a known actress, either Kate Winslet or Hilary Swank, for the part of Madolyn. But he later decided to go with someone new instead which was Vera.
• The taped recording of Costello and Sullivan that Madolyn listens to is from their conversation in the porn theater. However Costello’s lines are different on the tape than they were in the theater. One example: While in the theater he says “It won’t be me who suffers for it”. Whereas on the tape you hear him say “It won’t be me who pays for it”.
• As of 2007, this film had the highest grossing box-office opening and the highest total box-office gross in Martin Scorsese’s career.
• The film is an American adaptation of the Hong Kong film, Mou gaan dou (2002).
• Leonardo DiCaprio was cast in the title role in The Good Shepherd (2006), but he dropped out to play Billy Costigan in this movie. Matt Damon then took the role.
• Mark Wahlberg based his performance on the police officers who’d arrested him about two dozen times in his youth, and the reactions of his parents who had to come bail him out with their grocery money.
• Robert De Niro was asked to participate, but ultimately did not because of his work on The Good Shepherd (2006).
• Body count: 22
• This is the movie with the most uses of the word “fuck” and its derivatives (237) to win the Best Picture Oscar.
• Warner Brothers bought the remake rights to the film for US$1.75 million in 2003.
• Many scenes with Jack Nicholson were improvised. Jack Nicholson was given the opportunity to do whatever he wanted to add to the character’s unpredictability. The scene where Billy and Frank are talking was loosely scripted, and many surprises happened in it, including Frank pulling out the gun.
• Martin Scorsese sent the script to Mel Gibson, offering him an unspecified role. Mel Gibson thought the script was fantastic, but was unable to accept the part because he was starting production on Apocalypto (2006) at the time.
• Originally, Jack Nicholson turned down his role in the movie, but after a meeting with Martin Scorsese, William Monahan and Leonardo DiCaprio, he was finally convinced to play the role of Frank Costello. The main reason he joined the production was because he had previously done a few comedies, and wanted to play a villain again, and he considered the character of Costello to be the ultimate incarnation of evil.
• Originally Brad Pitt was cast as Colin Sullivan, but later dropped out. He gave it up to work with Alejandro González Iñárritu in Babel (2006).