Carlito Brigante is released from jail after serving five years of a much longer stretch. He vows to go
straight and to live life as a fine, upstanding citizen. He even rekindles a romance with his ex-lover. However, Carlito's
associates cannot seem to leave him in peace...his nephew involves him a pool-room gunfight, his lawyer asks him for "favours"
which spiral out of control, and even an old friend (now a wheelchair bound paraplegic) tries to get him into trouble with
the law. Carlito decides to make a run for Florida and the promise of a new life, but has one final dramatic escape to make
from some hoods who believe (wrongly) that he was behind the murder of their boss.
**synopsis taken from the IMDB
Carlito : Favor gonna kill you faster than a bullet.
Kleinfeld : Fuck you and your self-righteous code of the goddamn streets...
|Benny Blanco: Maybe you don't remember me...
|Carlito: Maybe I don't remember the last time I blew my nose.
....."Carlito's Way," like "Scarface," is first and last a character study, a portrait of a man who wants
to be better than he is.
......Carlito has grown enough to see himself from the outside, to understand some of the mistakes
he made, to plot a way to escape from what seems like the inevitable fate of people in his position.
taken from CARLITO'S WAY the review by Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times, Date of publication: 11/12/1993
Carlito, on the other hand, tries to be a stand-up citizen. He looks up an old girl friend named Gail (Penelope
Ann Miller), who says she dances on Broadway but neglects to explain it's in a strip club. They love each other, after their
fashion, but we never sense much depth in their relationship; each one is caught up in the details of personal survival.
**from "Carlito's Way" the review by Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times. Dated 11/12/1993
The film is fascinated by the mechanisms which propel a man back into the criminal life despite his best
intentions to escape it. Carlito wants only to keep his nose clean, make some money, and get out of town. But his values,
his friends and his circles are criminal, and the screenplay paints him into an inevitable corner - he's betrayed by his compulsion
to stand by his friends.
**taken from "Carlito's Way" the review by Roger Ebert of The Chicago
Sun Times, dated 11/12/1993