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Director and producer: Martin Scorsese
Writer: William Monahan
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Official website for The Departed
IMDB Entry for The Departed
Interesting interview with director Martin Scorsese - Sept 06
Another article on the film here from The Telegraph - Sept 06.
Short interview with Ray about The Departed on BBC website 4 Oct 2006
The film opened in the UK on 6 October 2006.
The Departed has been nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. The ceremony takes place on Sunday 25 February 2007.
Time Out have a podcast about The Departed including an interview with Ray. You can download it here.
Review on Canada.com website 3 October 2006: "On the other side, the underappreciated British character actor Ray Winstone is a force of nature, as always, as Costello's top thug."
Review on Village Voice website 3 October 2006: "the star [Jack Nicholson] skews crazier and crazier, appearing with stage blood up to his elbows, playing pointless drunk scenes, pulling whimsical rat faces, reprising his satanic role in The Witches of Eastwick after a night at the opera. (For all the sulfur, Ray Winstone is far scarier as the mobster's second in command.)."
Review on Niagara Gazette website 4 October 2006: "And at Costellos right hand is Mr. French, a violent thug without an ounce of conscience (whos played by the brilliant British actor Ray Winstone of Sexy Beast fame.)".
Review on the Arizona Reporter website: "A few twists crop up later in the story that could make the audience wonder just who the good guys really are; who is the least corruptible; who is the moral center and who represents evil that belongs in the seventh and bottom-most layer of hell. My vote for the last candidate is Mr. French (Ray Winstone), Costellos right-hand man, whod as soon drive a knife between your eyes if you got on his wrong side as eat his morning Danish."
Review on the Boston Herald website: "Whats great about The Departed is its riotously profane dialogue, fabulous cast, including terrific turns by Ray Winstone and Alec Baldwin."
Review on MercuryNews.com: "By turns, Ray Winstone electrifies as Mr. French (he's the Irish version of Joe Pesci)".
Review on MTV.com: "And rock-solid Ray Winstone plays Costello's hulking enforcer, "Mr. French," with an unusual combination of offhand savagery and glimmering bemusement. (Winstone knows how to bat a great line out of the ballpark, too. When Mr. French is told by a frightened immigrant shopkeeper that he can't make the weekly protection payoff because of cash-flow problems, French is instantly affronted: "Make more f---in' money!" he barks. "This is America!")".
Review on VueWeekly website: "Just compare Nicholsons acting in this film to the superb work of Ray Winstone as his psychopathic henchmanNicholson is always on, a movie star performing for the camera, while Winstone simply is his character."
Review on Naples Sun Times website: "[Jack Nicholson] runs a brutal empire with the help of a psychopathic killer named French (British actor Ray Winstone, who nails the role; you can't take your eyes off him, lest he hop off the screen and kill somebody in the audience)."
on the Sofia Echo website: "Nicholson
comes up as overly theatrical and amusing. In contrast, the controlled menace
of Ray Winstones performance makes Mr French, Costellos second in
command, much scarier."
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