The Departed

Crime, ThrillerDrama

Director: Martin Scorsese Cast: Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Vera Farmiga, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Anthony Anderson, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Corrigan, James Badge Dale, David O’Hara, Mark Rolston, Kristen Dalton

Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Director (Martin Scorsese); Best Adapted Screenplay (William Monahan); Best Film Editing

Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Mark Wahlberg)

I First Saw In: c. 2008

Synopsis: An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

Did You Know? This is the only remake of a foreign film to win the Oscar for Best Picture.

Quotables: COSTELLO: One of us had to die. With me, it tends to be the other guy.

And now a Word from the Guise:
One of these days I’m going to have the watch the original Mou gaan dou. I’ve seen many reviews that say it’s much better than this one, and I love The Departed. It’s my favourite Scorsese film. However, I do like it a little less than I did when I initially saw it. The only prominent character is a throwaway romantic interest; she has no impact on the story. There would be no difference if she wasn’t in it. I’m glad that she is in it; it brings a nice break in the dick-measuring contest that literally every male character is competing in. But I wish that she had more significance than being arm candy for both DiCaprio and Damon’s characters. She’s only one of three women who have a speaking role in the film, and not one of them ever engages with each other.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233