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Martin Scorsese directs an all-star cast in this action-packed thriller set in Boston, where a long-simmering hostility between the police department and an Irish-American gang led by Costello (Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson--About Schmidt, Something's Gotta Give) is primed to explode. The fuse is lit when a gangster (Matt Damon--The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy) is chosen to infiltrate the police force--and a young cop (Leonardo DiCaprio--The Aviator, Titanic) goes undercover within the gang. Now, when the two moles uncover each other's identity, the battle begins.
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Critics Consensus: Featuring outstanding work from an excellent cast, The Departed is a thoroughly engrossing gangster drama with the gritty authenticity and soupy morality we come to expect from Martin Scorsese.
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Common Sense Says
Violent, well-done thriller. Not for kids.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this film is not for kids -- but many will want to see it due to the incredibly heavy promotion during TV shows popular with kids. It's far too graphically violent for those under 17, including images of heads being shot and spurting blood, limbs being broken, bodies sprawled and bloody, and expressions of pain by victims of shootings and beatings. Sexual imagery includes a scene in a porn theater that cuts to the screen (the actors are engaged in sexual activity, but no X-rated shots are visible) and frequent sexual slang (some of which is homophobic). Characters smoke in almost every scene, and drink occasionally, and Billy takes pills throughout the film, indicating his increasing paranoia and depression.
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- Genre:Drama, Thriller
- Release Date:October 6, 2006
- Audio Format:5.1
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