Carlito’s Way is a 1993 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma, based on the novels Carlito’s Way (1975) and After Hours (1979) by Judge Edwin Torres. It stars Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Penelope Ann Miller, Luis Guzman, John Leguizamo and Viggo Mortensen.
The film stars Pacino as Carlito Brigante, a Puerto Rican criminal who vows to go straight and to retire in paradise. However, his criminal past proves difficult to escape, and he unwittingly ends up being dragged into the same activities that got him imprisoned in the first place. The film is based mainly on After Hours, but used the title of the first novel to avoid it being confused with Martin Scorsese’s 1985 film of the same name. This is the second film collaboration between Pacino and De Palma, after 1983’s film, Scarface.
Carlito’s Way received a positive response from critics, with a similar lukewarm result at the box office, but has subsequently become a cult film. The French Publication Cahiers Du Cinema named it as one of the three best films of 90s.