Marty is at it again, this time with Bostonian Irish mobsters in The Departed.


The Departed (October 5, 2006)

Release Date: October 5, 2006
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg
Genres: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Runtime: 151 min
Original Title: The Departed
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Vertigo Entertainment, Media Asia Films, Initial Entertainment Group (IEG), Warner Bros. Pictures, Plan B Entertainment
To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises through the police ranks. But both sides soon discover there's a mole among them.

Cast The Departed

  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Role: William "Billy" Costigan, Jr.
  • Matt Damon
  • Role: Staff Sgt. Colin Sullivan
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Role: Francis "Frank" Costello
  • Mark Wahlberg
  • Role: Staff Sgt. Sean Dignam
  • Martin Sheen
  • Role: Capt. Oliver Charles Queenan
  • Ray Winstone
  • Role: Arnold "Frenchy" French
  • Vera Farmiga
  • Role: Dr. Madolyn Madden
  • Anthony Anderson
  • Role: Trooper Brown
  • Alec Baldwin
  • Role: Capt. George Ellerby
  • Kevin Corrigan
  • Role: Cousin Sean
  • James Badge Dale
  • Role: Barrigan
  • David O'Hara
  • Role: Fitzy
  • Robert Wahlberg
  • Role: Lazio
  • Kristen Dalton
  • Role: Gwen
  • Thomas B. Duffy
  • Role: Govenor
  • Richard Hughes
  • Role: Uncle Edward
  • Chance Kelly
  • Role: Exam Instructor
  • Larry Mitchell
  • Role: Younger Priest
  • Mark Rolston
  • Role: Delahunt
  • J.C. MacKenzie
  • Role: Realtor
  • Mary Klug
  • Role: Billy's Aunt
  • Robert 'Toshi' Kar Yuen Chan
  • Role: Triad Boss
  • Peg Holzemer
  • Role: Mrs. Kennefick
  • Gurdeep Singh
  • Role: Pakistani Proprietor
  • Armen Garo
  • Role: Providence Gangster #1
  • John Cenatiempo
  • Role: Providence Gangster #2
  • Brian Smyj
  • Role: Man Glassed in Bar
  • William Severs
  • Role: Older Priest
  • Douglas Crosby
  • Role: Man Killed by French
  • Dorothy Lyman
  • Role: Woman at Bar #1
  • Audrie Neenan
  • Role: Woman at Bar #2
  • Conor Donovan
  • Role: Young Colin
  • Patrick Coppola
  • Role: Bookie Harassed by French
  • Mick O'Rourke
  • Role: Jimmy Bags
  • Nellie Sciutto
  • Role: Queenan's Secretary
  • Henry Yuk
  • Role: Chinese Government Man
  • John Rue
  • Role: Luncheonette Proprietor
  • Joseph P. Reidy
  • Role: Priest with Young Colin
  • John Farrer
  • Role: Priest at Billy's Funeral
  • Billy Smith
  • Role: Detective #1 Tailing Queenan
  • Brian Haley
  • Role: Detective #2 Tailing Queenan
  • Terry Serpico
  • Role: Detective #3 Tailing Queenan
  • Jay Giannone
  • Role: Detective #4 Tailing Queenan
  • David Conley
  • Role: Gang Member with Mr. French
  • Tracey Paleo
  • Role: Darlene the Secretary
  • Jill Brown
  • Role: Executed Woman
  • Tom Kemp
  • Role: Billy Costigan, Sr. (credit only)
  • Kevin P. McCarthy
  • Role: Detective #1 - Colin's Unit
  • Chris Fischer
  • Role: Detective #2 - Colin's Unit
  • Joseph Riccobene
  • Role: Kneecapped Bankrobber
  • Johnny Cicco
  • Role: Crack Addict
  • Lyman Chen
  • Role: Translator
  • Shay Duffin
  • Role: Bartender at Brasserie
  • David Fischer
  • Role: Executed Man
  • Emma Tillinger Koskoff
  • Role: Woman with Dog
  • Craig Castaldo
  • Role: Crack House Denizen
  • Francesca Scorsese
  • Role: Little Girl at Airport
  • Dennis Lynch
  • Role: Costello's Crew #1
  • Michael Byron
  • Role: Costello's Crew #2
  • Takumi Bando
  • Role: Triad (uncredited)
  • Eric Bruno Borgman
  • Role: Reporter (uncredited)
  • David Boston
  • Role: Boston Police Chief (uncredited)
  • Brendan Burke
  • Role: Irish Thug (uncredited)
  • Chris Chinn
  • Role: Gang Member (uncredited)
  • Jeffrey Corazzini
  • Role: Crime Scene Unit (uncredited)
  • Jim Ford
  • Role: Cadet (uncredited)
  • Trudi Goodman
  • Role: Woman Office Worker (uncredited)
  • Steve Lord
  • Role: Academy Pistol Coach (uncredited)
  • Jack McCullough
  • Role: EMT (uncredited)
  • Osmani Rodriguez
  • Role: Reporter (uncredited)
  • Lawrence Cameron Steele
  • Role: Academy Firearms Instructor (uncredited)
  • Conor Timmis
  • Role: Rugby Fan (uncredited)
  • Joseph Oliveira
  • Role: Officer (uncredited)
  • Adam Masnyk
  • Role: Southie Teen / Soccer Player (uncredited)
  • John Franchi
  • Role: Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Paul McGillicuddy
  • Role: Subway Passenger (uncredited)

Trailer The Departed

It’s all here — Scorsese’s crime thriller is chock full of shady criminals, double-crossers, and mondo machismo.

As you can imagine, the sorts of characters that inhabit a world like this are mostly men. Denver Starz FilmCenter’s Director of Education Howie Movshovitz said it best in his review:

A world without women turns men cruel.

The lone female role is played by Vera Farmiga, the Fiona Apple doppleganger. She’s caught between our two heroes/villains, Billy Costigan (Leo DiCaprio) and Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon). Just which one is the bad guy and which is the good guy is a bit of a blurred line. Ostensibly, Billy is the protagonist. He’s a tough guy that’s trying to do right by his dad, the only man in his family that isn’t mob. But his indirect dirty connections prevent him from joining the State (“Staties”) Police force.

On the bad end of town is Colin. He grew up in the wrong place at the wrong time, falling for the patriarchal affections of Frank Costello, the brilliant Jack Nicholson. Colin becomes an adopted favorite son, and with his clean background, he’s able to infiltrate the police department as a mob informant.

Meanwhile, Billy’s recruited by the Staties as a police informant and infiltrates Costello’s gang.


It’s not near as bad as it reads on paper. That’s where Scorsese really shines. Somehow he’s able to keep all these details flowing without losing us. It helps that he enlists the help of modern technology — cell phones — as a means of transitioning and focusing our attention.

As with all crime thrillers, there’s one last Big Heist®. This one has something to do with the sale of $100M military microprocessors to the Chinese. Here’s where Hollywood screenwriters have always gotten technology wrong. The aforementioned processors are apparently made by ST Micro.

ST Micro

Never mind that ST doesn’t even make microprocessors. Also never mind that processors by themselves aren’t worth much. If the Chinese really did buy these puppies, they’d spend a whole lot more than 100 million dollars in development cost to actually utilize them in a weapons system.

But I digress.

Like a true Scorsese mobster film, everybody gets whacked. Not since Goodfellas and Casino have so many central characters taken dirt naps. The violence is shocking, the blood spurting, the dialog snapping. This one could be Marty’s first Oscar.

One Reply to “Irishfellas”

  1. For some reason I am never attracted to these kind of films. I thought the trailer made it look very interesting and yet I don’t see myself ever seeing this one. Don’t know what it is about modern day gangster films that hold no appeal for me.

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