Carlito’s Way
1993
****½
Director: Brian De Palma
Cast: Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Penelope Ann Miller, John Leguizamo

An excellent crime drama about a career gangster who comes out of jail and tries to walk the straight and narrow. The almost unrecognisable Sean Penn gives a wonderful performance as Carlito’s thoroughly corrupt lawyer who is nothing but trouble. Brian De Palma shows off his visual skills, especially in the gripping Grand Central Station finale, and he has a terrific story, as well. Based on Edwin Torres’ crime novels Carlito’s Way and After Hours.