Black SplatCarlito's Way (1993)

"Fuck you and your self-righteous code of the goddamn streets..."

Carlito's Way - Carlito Brigante and David Kleinfeld

Description: - Sean Penn as lawyer David Kleinfeld talks to his Puerto-Rican ex-con client Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino) in the motion picture Carlito’s Way (1993).

"But my time in the Sterling Correctional facilities of Greenhaven and Sing Sing has not been in vain. I've been cured; born again, like the Watergaters. I know you've heard this rap before, your honor, I've changed. I've changed, and it didn't take no thirty years like your honor thought, but only five."

Carlito "Charlie" Brigante is a Puerto-Rican ex-con, just released from prison, courtesy of his sleazy lawyer, David Kleinfeld who reduced his sentence because of a legal technicality. The Court of Appeals judge was not delighted with having to let loose a"reputed assassin" but he had not recourse under the law.

Trying to go straight, Carlito pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him. But Carlito takes a job at the El Paraiso nightclub to earn enough money ($75,000) to get out of New York City, and in the traditional of the Godfather's Michael Corleone, Carlito encounters "just when I think I'm out, they pull me back in" scenario that leads to a web of deceit, betrayal and his eventual death as Carlito leaves for Miami with his pregnant lover, Gail (Penelope Ann Miller).

Before Carlito dies from multiple gunshot wounds,, he gives Gail a stash of cash so she could raise their son. As Carlito is wheeled away on a gurney, he sees a billboard of the Bahamas and imagines himself leading a leisurly life in the tropics.

Events leading up to Carlito's death were brought about by his lawyer David Kleinfeld, who needed Carlito's help breaking a mobster out of prison. When Carlito is reluctant to do the favor ("I ain't going back to prison no matter what"), David explodes, saying:

“Fuck you and your self-righteous code of the goddamn streets. Did it pull you out of a 30 year stint in only 5 years? No, it didn’t, I did. Did it get you acquitted 4 fucking times? No, it didn't, I did, so fuck you, fuck the streets, your whole goddamn world is this big, and there’s only one rule, you save your own ass!”

While Carlito was alive, he was a force with which to be reckoned. And when it came time to make a point or threaten someone, he was well versed in the language of brutality and contempt. Here are some of his best lines in that category:

  • "If I ever, I mean if I ever see you here again, you die"
  • [whips out switchblade] "I'LL CUT YOU FUCKIN' LIVER OUT!"
  • "Who the fuck are you? I should remember you? What, you think you like me? You ain't like me motherfucker, you a punk. I've been with made people, connected people. Who've you been with? Chain snatching, jive-ass, maricon motherfuckers. Why don't you get out of here and go snatch a purse."
  • "I'm reloaded! Okay? Come on in here, you motherfuckers! Come on, I'm waitin' for ya! What, you ain't comin' in? Okay, I'm comin' out! Oh, you up against me now, motherfuckers! I'm gonna blow your fuckin' brains out! You think you're big time? You gonna fuckin' die big time! You ready? HERE COMES THE PAIN!"
  • [to Dave]" If you ever talk that shit again in front of her, I'm going to kill you. "

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