After the costly, clumsy debacle of BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES and the addled psychosis of RAISING CAIN, Brian De Palma engineered something of a recovery with CARLITO'S WAY, a colorful melodrama set in the Latino mob world of the mid-1970s.
The director is in good company here. Al Pacino gives an urgent, bravura performance as the title character, a former drug boss who's had a lengthy prison sentence cut short thanks to a legal technicality, and now wants to go straight--really. Sean Penn is superbly nerdy as David Kleinfeld, the
lawyer who freed Carlito, but whose greed ultimately leads to his and his client's undoing. Standouts among the classy ensemble are Jo...