It took more than a decade for producers to try to cash in on CARLITO'S
WAY (1993), but this prequel doesn't live up to the original film's cult reputation. The triumvirate of Puerto Rican Carlito Brigante (Jay Hernandez), African-American Earl (Mario Van Peebles) and Italian-American Rocco (Michael Kelly) is an anomaly in the notoriously insular world of crime dynasties and their partnership represents a new organizational prototype. Rather than being traditional made men, the former prison buddies are more loyal to each other rather than to any established clan. They promote themselves to the Mafia
as middlemen, each of whom can establish a network of dope couri...