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The departed - Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Scorsese

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Movie propaganda

The departed is set in South Boston, where the state police force is waging war on organised crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Costello (Jack Nicholson). While Billy is quickly gaining Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon), a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the police department as an informer for the syndicate, is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by his double life, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations he has penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the gangsters and the police that there's a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save himself.

Remake of the 2002 Hong Kong hit film, Infernal affairs (Wu jian dao).

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film organised crime police corruption mole sequel undercover officer Mafia Boston gangster

Persons of interest

  • Leonardo DiCaprio .... Billy Costigan
  • Matt Damon .... Colin Sullivan
  • Mark Wahlberg
  • Jack Nicholson .... Costello
  • Vera Farmiga .... Madeleine
  • Anthony Anderson .... Brown
  • Ray Winstone .... Mr French
  • Alec Baldwin .... Ellerby
  • David O'Hara .... Fitzy
  • Martin Sheen .... Queenan
  • Robert Wahlberg .... FBI Agent Joyce
  • Felix Chong .... Screenwriter: Infernal affairs (Wu jian dao)
  • Siu Fai Mak .... Screenwriter: Infernal affairs (Wu jian dao)
  • William Monahan .... Screenwriter
  • Martin Scorsese .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report


Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Strong violence and coarse language, sexual references)

Surveillance time

151 minutes (2:31 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 12 October 2006

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