"The Departed"

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO stars as Billy Costigan, a state trooper who takes on a dangerous undercover assignment, in Warner Bros. Pictures’ crime drama “The Departed.” Photo by Andrew Cooper


Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg star in Martin Scorsese’s new crime drama “The Departed.”

'The Departed' is set in South Boston where the state police force is waging an all-out war to take down the city’s top organized crime ring. The key is to end the reign of powerful mob boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) from the inside. A young rookie, Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is assigned to infiltrate Costello’s mob.

While Billy is working to gain Costello’s trust, another young cop, Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) is among a handful of elite officers whose mission is to bring Costello down. But what his superiors don’t know is that Colin is working for Costello, keeping the crime boss one step ahead of the police.

Each man becomes deeply consumed by his double life, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operation he has penetrated.

But when it becomes clear to both the gangsters and the police that they have a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin find themselves in constant danger of being caught—and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save himself.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Plan B / Initial Entertainment Group / Vertigo Entertainment Production, in association with Media Asia Films, a Martin Scorsese Picture, “The Departed,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga and Alec Baldwin.

The film was directed by Martin Scorsese, from a screenplay by William Monahan. Brad Pitt, Brad Grey and Graham King produced “The Departed,” with Roy Lee, Doug Davison, G. Mac Brown, Kristin Hahn and Gianni Nunnari serving as executive producers, and Joseph Reidy co-producing.

(Photo: center from left to right) Sergeant Dignam (MARK WAHLBERG), Captain Ellerby (ALEC BALDWIN) and Colin Sullivan (MATT DAMON) head up the surveillance team, including Brown (ANTHONY ANDERSON, seated far right), that is monitoring a meeting between Costello’s gang and the Chinese Triad in Warner Bros. Pictures’ crime drama “The Departed.” Photo by Andrew Cooper

Collaborating with Scorsese behind the scenes were director of photography Michael Ballhaus, production designer Kristi Zea, editor Thelma Schoonmaker, and costume designer Sandy Powell. The score was composed by Howard Shore.

“The Departed” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. This film has been rated “R” by the MPAA for “strong brutal violence, pervasive language, some strong sexual content and drug material.”

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