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The Departed is a crime-drama thriller film about two undercover men, one for the Massachusetts State Police and the other for the Irish mafia. Once some discoveries are made by their respective groups, the spies set out to discover who did it. The film follows the lives of Colin Sulliven (Damon) who works for the Irish mafia as an undercover agent against the Massachusetts State Police and Billy Costigan (DiCaprio) who works for the Massachusetts State Police as an undercover agent against the Irish mafia. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Starring Matt Damon, Leondardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen, and Mark Wahlberg. Based on the Hong Kong film "Internal Affairs".

The Departed received four Oscar awards: Best Directing, Best Film Editing, Best Picture, Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Wahlberg). The movie had both great critical acclaim and great financial success at the box office. Continue reading for some quotes from the film The Departed.


Frank Costello: I don't want to be a product of my environment. I want my environment to be a product of me. Years ago we had the church. That was only a way of saying - we had each other. The Knights of Columbus were real head-breakers; true guineas. They took over their piece of the city. Twenty years after an Irishman couldn't get a fucking job, we had the presidency. May he rest in peace. That's what the niggers don't realize. If I got one thing against the black chappies, it's this - no one gives it to you. You have to take it.
Billy Costigan: Frank, how many of these guys have been with you long enough to be disgruntled, huh? Think about it. You don't pay much, you know. It's almost a fuckin' feudal enterprise. The question is, and this is the only question, who thinks that they can do what you do better than you?
Frank Costello: The only one that can do what I do is me. Lot of people had to die for me to be me. You wanna be me?
Billy Costigan: I probably could be you, yeah. Yeah, I know that much. But I don't wanna be you, Frank. I don't wanna be you.
Frank Costello: Heavy lies the crown... sort of thing.
Frank Costello: You do well in school?
Young Colin: Yeah.
Frank Costello: Good. So did I. They call that a paradox.
Frank Costello: [slams a fly on the table] You know what I like about restaurants?
Billy Costigan: The fucking food. I don't know, what?
Frank Costello: You can learn a lot, watching things eat. [licks fly off palm]
Colin Sullivan: Just fucking kill me. Just fucking kill me.
Billy Costigan: I am killing you.
Madolyn: Why is the last patient of the day always the hardest?
Billy Costigan: Because you're tired and you don't give a shit. It's not super-natural.
Frank Costello: I got this rat, this gnawing, cheese eating fuckin' rat and it brings up questions... You know, see, Bill, like you're the new guy. Girlfriend... Why don't you stay in the bar that night I got your numbers. Social Security numbers. Everybody's fuckin' numbers.
Billy Costigan: Is there something that you just wanna go ahead and ask me? 'Cause I'll give you the fuckin' answer, all right? Frank, look at me. Look at me. I'm not the fuckin' rat. Okay? I'm not the fuckin' rat.
Ellerby: Qui Bono, who benefits?
Colin Sullivan: Qui gives a shit. It's got a freakin' bow on it.
Frank Costello: Good day, father.
Older Priest: Good day, Francis.
Frank Costello: You recall our chat? Little boys. Sucking on their peckers, etc... and so forth. I am as God made me. Is that your rationale? May I remind you - in this archdiocese, God don't run the bingo.
Young Priest: May I remind you - that pride comes before the fall.
Frank Costello: How's Sister Mary Teresa doing? Had a tasty relationship before she took her vows.
[Costello hands the priests a nude drawing of the nun]
Frank Costello: Enjoy your clams, cocksuckers.
Oliver Queenan: You're a worker. You rise fast.
Dignam: Like a 12-year-old's dick.
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