The Departed

2006 Drama

Legendary director Martin Scorsese takes the helm for this tale of questionable loyalties and blurring identities set in the South Boston organized crime scene and inspired by the wildly popular 2002 Hong Kong crime film Infernal Affairs. As the police force attempts to reign in the increasingly powerful Irish mafia, authorities are faced with the prospect of sending in an undercover agent or seeing their already frail grip on the criminal underworld slip even further. Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a young cop looking to make a name for himself in the world of law enforcement. Collin Sullivan (Matt Damon) is a street-smart criminal who has successfully infiltrated the police department with the sole intention of reporting their every move to ruthless syndicate head Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). When Costigan is assigned the task of working his way into Costello's tightly guarded inner circle, Sullivan is faced with the responsibility of rooting out the informer before things get out of hand. With the stakes constantly rising and time quickly running out for the undercover cop and his criminal counterpart, each man must work feverishly to reveal his counterpart before his identity is exposed by the other. Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, and Ray Winstone co-star, and writer William Monahan adapts a screenplay originally penned by Alan Mak and Felix Chong. more..

Director: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon,Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg,Martin Sheen


  • It is intriguing to wonder what Scorsese saw in the Hong Kong movie that inspired him to make the second remake of his career (after "Cape Fear"). I think he instantly recognized that this story, at a buried level, brought two sides of his art and psyche into equal focus.

    Roger Ebert - The Chicago Sun-Times

    27 April 2013

  • A new American crime classic from the legendary Martin Scorsese, whose talent shines here on its highest beams.

    Peter Travers - Rolling Stone

    27 April 2013

  • The screenplay, by William Monahan, is simply sensational. Scenes play brilliantly. Feelings flow like molten lava. The dialogue overflows with edgy wit and acidulous arias of imprecation.

    Joe Morgenstern - The Wall Street Journal

    27 April 2013

  • A ferociously entertaining film.

    Kirk Honeycutt - The Hollywood Reporter

    27 April 2013

  • The very title The Departed suggests a James Joycean take on Irish-Catholic sentiment when, of course, this story is anything but: It's Scorsesean, and he's in full bloom.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly

    27 April 2013


  • Best Achievement in Directing

    Academy Awards (2007)

  • Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film

    Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films (2007)

  • Best Edited Feature Film - Dramatic

    American Cinema Editors (2007)

  • Best Foreign Film, Not in the Spanish Language (Mejor Película Extranjera)

    Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards (2007)

  • Contemporary Film

    Art Directors Guild (2007)